Choosing a Certified Personal Trainer



When considering fitness coaching or picking a personal trainer, you should start with your personal goals and the type of coaching that would motivate you to success.  Are you a person driven by a military boot camp approach or are you a holistic person who seeks similar traits in a trainer?  After considering your temperament, goals, expectations, and price range, there are some ways to find a personal trainer DC.  You can use the internet, referral by a friend or associate, and much more.  Once you find a few Washington DC Personal trainers that interest you, you should consider the following points when meeting personal trainersDC and make your decision. 


  • Do not be afraid to ask questions about anything that you are unsure of or that concerns you.  A qualified personal trainer will be able to communicate their training techniques and expectations from clients effectively.  If not, that may be a sign that he or she is not the person you are looking to hire as your personal trainer.  


  • Ask about the personal trainer’s credentials and qualifications.  You can use the National Organization of Credentialing Association’s (NOCA) website ( to get an idea of legitimate certifying agencies and some of the credentials you would like in a trainer.  Maybe you would like a personal trainer specifically trained to work with previous injuries such as an NASM-CES (Corrective Exercise Specialist) or address your needs in other ways.  NOCA’s website is only one of many that may help you in your process of choosing a trainer. 


  • Choose a well-balanced trainer that has knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) that address both your nutritional and physical needs.  During your first meeting with a potential DC trainer, discuss your needs and allow them to share their techniques with you.   


  • Ultimately, choosing a personal trainer will empower you to meet your goals, and I hope that you choose someone you are comfortable with and motivated by their skill set.