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Pursuing Success with Accountability....

We all aspire to do the unthinkable, to feel a certain way, and most definitely look a certain way. Many of us know exactly what size clothing we want to wear, how much we want to weigh, and what percentage body fat we would like to be at. Then there are others of us who have no clue what our goals should be or how to obtain them, but one thing we know for sure after looking in the mirror is its time to change.

In today’s blog topic, I want to engage in the topic of “where to start.” You have pulled out a page in the women’s or men’s health magazine and have identified your target look alike; You are motivated more than ever to get some results, but one thing is missing and that is the method to how to achieve it all.

·         Choosing a Trainer:

The trainer you choose to work with should have a Science Degree in Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology, Exercise Science, or equivalent in addition to a minimum of 5 years in the industry closely working with various clients. For some health clubs it is not a requirement for all trainers to have a science degree and therefore it is important to look at what certifications and experience the trainer possesses. Here are a few certifications that are highly sought after and recommended: National Academy of Sports Medicine(NASM), American College of Sports Medicine(ACSM), National Council on Strength and Fitness(NCSF), American Council on Exercise(ACE), Certified Strength and Condition Specialist(CSCS), National Strength and Condition Specialist(NSCS), and Cooper Institute Certified Personal Trainer Certification(CI-CPT)

It is important to find a trainer who not only has the knowledge base to help you reach your goals, but demonstrates effectiveness in his or her teaching and education efforts. A trainer should be able to challenge you and push you in a safe and effective way. Throwing up or not being able to complete recommended exercises is not a sign of a good workout or a good trainer.

A good trainer should be able to demonstrate an effective plan or overview of the goals the two of you have discussed and mapped out together.

Personal Training is a science-based approach and each phase of a program has specific protocols and adaptations.

 

·         Trainer Check Points: Short term vs. Long term goals should be discussed along with caloric intake, movement assessment, physical readiness or any physical complications that will interfere with exercise, and a body composition check.