Many people feel the need to hire a personal fitness trainer to help them achieve their fitness goals. Perhaps you lack motivation at the gym and want someone with you to push you along or more commonly nowadays, you want to train at home and need someone to set up your workout program plus give you some encouragement along the way.
As a personal trainer myself I’ve been through the interview process many times. Hopefully the tips below will guide you as to what you should be asking them and just as importantly, what they should be asking you.
1. How Long Have They Been a Personal Fitness Trainer?
You should ask how long have they been taking on private clients and would they be happy for you to contact a couple for references?
2. What Are Their Qualifications?
Don’t just ask if they are qualified but also what qualifications they have. There are plenty of online courses a person can take, get a certificate at the end of it in the post and call themselves a fully certified personal trainer. Check out their qualifications by doing an online search if they don’t have a degree in physiology, exercise science or similar (depending on your whereabouts).
3. Do They Work With a Dietitian?
It is becoming quite common to find …More »
For some it’s the whole gym etiquette thing, for others it’s just that they aren’t comfortable working out in front of others but for most it’s the expense of a gym membership that puts them off signing up.
Whatever your reason for not joining your local gym, it shouldn’t…More »
We’ve been told for years that eggs are good for you and now researchers at Cambridge University in Great Britain have backed up the claims our parents made to us with scientific proof.
They found that having eggs for breakfast will help you stay alert and awake throughout the rest of the day and …More »
It’s Food Day today in America (24th Oct) and to raise awareness the organizers have released the ‘Terrible Ten’ – a list of the top 10 factors they believe are damaging the health, the environment and the diet of Americans.
Without further ado lets meet the infamous ten complete…More »
One of the most common injuries that occur in the gym is to the feet or ankles and you are especially at risk if you aren’t used to the various training machines that are available.
As the days grow shorter and winter sets in, the joys and benefits of outdoor training suddenly aren’t so appealing…More »
All fathers know that women tend to go through hormone hell during and the months just after pregnancy but a new study shows hormone levels drop drastically for new dads too according a new report published this week.
The reasoning behind the biological change is believed to take place so that the man …More »
We’ve all fallen for a few exercise myths at some time or other. Many have been around for decades, since Arthur Lydiard first invented jogging in the early 60′s (see myth #3).
Here’s a collection of the 10 fitness myths I have come across the most in my 12 years as a personal trainer …More »
Not really BUT new research today reveals that just 15 minutes daily exercise will add 3 years to your life and your risk of death (for any reason) reduces by 4% for each further 15 minutes of exercise that you do up to a total of 100 minutes.
The study – which was published today in the Lancet Journal…More »
Macmillan, a Cancer Support charity based and working in the UK today published its findings from a study into the benefits of exercise for recovering cancer patients and the results found that doing just 20 minutes a day exercise was enough to dramatically aid the recovery of cancer patients and …More »
Instead of tying yourself to a long term contract why not consider a pay as you gym membership? Here I look at some of the benefits to this growing option to gym joining a gym.
When I was employed as a fitness trainer by a well known gym chain in London the managers would get more excited about Christmas than…More »
Just about everyone knows that it is important but do you really understand the actual physical benefits of exercise? Let’s try and shed some light on this subject which will hopefully encourage you to take action if you don’t already have exercise as a part of your life.
There are a number…More »
Isometrics are a form of exercise where the muscle develops tension without changing length. An example of this would be pushing against a wall.
When you push against a wall, force is being generated and your upper body muscles contract but they don’t change their length (unless you are able…More »
You could quite easily spend 5 figures kitting out a home gym which is fine if you are a professional sportsman or bodybuilder but there really is no need if your goal is to simply lose some weight and get fit. Here’s my recommendation for the type of home fitness exercise equipment you should consider…More »
So you have lost the weight you wanted and completed our 30 day program or something similar and you now feel ready to start going to the gym regularly so you can take your training up another level. Understanding gym etiquette can help make that first visit a little less daunting so here’s the basics.…More »
If you are doing our 30 day fitness program you will know all the exercises were chosen specifically so that they can be done in the privacy of your own home and without the need to join a gym but there’s no reason why you can’t start outdoor training, especially if room is tight indoors or there…More »
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