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How To Choose A Personal Trainer

At Eden Private Staff we recognise that our high profile clients strive to excel in every area of their lives; from their professional achievements to their physical health. In order to support these endeavours we have created the following guide to help our clients to find their ideal personal trainer. Throughout our 15 years of experience within the private staff industry we have witnessed how a perfect match between client and candidate can result in significant long term benefits and fulfilling lifestyle changes. Subsequently by helping our clients to choose their ideal personal trainer we can uphold our client welfare standards as we help them to maintain optimum physical health and achieve their fitness goals.

How To Find A Personal Trainer

Fortunately in today’s society there are a wealth of outlets through which you can locate a dedicated and professional personal trainer. Some of the best institutions that you can utilise are local gyms and fitness centres. Many of these establishments will employ a team of personal trainers with whom you can communicate.

There are also a vast network of online discussion forums who volunteer recommendations about reputable fitness centres and personal trainers within your area. Alternatively, receiving personal endorsements through word of mouth either from family or friends is another excellent way of identifying potentially suitable personal trainers based upon their previous experiences. In fact, this form of recommendation from long term clients is responsible for Eden Private Staff’s global private staff reputation. For the past 15 years we have devised a bespoke candidate selection process that permits our team of search consultants to match clients with highly qualified members of staff. Consequently, we take great pride in the fact that the majority of our clients seek our services based upon the recommendations of others and many personal trainers operate on a similar basis. After all, a personal trainer’s ability is founded upon the results that they have achieved with previous clients. Therefore, once you have located a prospective personal trainer you should ask them for client referrals. By doing so you can ascertain whether this personal trainer possesses certain qualifications in specific training styles, has sufficient work experience within their field and can successfully help you to achieve your fitness goals.

Certifications & Experience

Once you have located several prospective personal trainers it is important that you investigate each candidate to verify their credentials. By carrying out this research you can rest assured that you will be coached by a respected and experienced member of the fitness industry. As matters stand there are several recognised personal training qualifications in the United Kingdom. It is important that you check whether your potential personal trainer has received either a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing – Gym, a Level 2 Diploma in Health, Fitness and Exercise Instruction or a Level 2 Diploma in Instructing Exercise and Fitness. Moreover, there are several additional qualifications that personal trainers can undertake in order to excel within their profession. Amongst these further qualifications include; a Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training, a Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training, a Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral, a Level 3 Award in Conversion of Advanced Fitness Instructor to Personal Trainer Status, a Level 4 Certificate in Exercise for the Management of Low Back Pain, a Level 4 Certificate in Exercise and Nutritional Interventions for Obesity and Diabetes or a Level 4 Certificate in Weight Management for Individuals with Obesity, Diabetes Mellitus and/or Metabolic Syndrome. If you have a medical condition then it is especially relevant that you investigate whether your prospective personal training candidate has received any of these additional qualifications because it means that they will have received the sufficient training to devise a fitness program suited to your condition.

As well as investigating whether your preferred personal trainer has acquired these qualifications, you should also check whether they are a member of a professional fitness organisation. You can search the online databases of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) or National Register of Personal Trainers (NRPT) to discover whether your preferred personal trainer is recognised by a national and reputable organisation within the fitness industry. Furthermore, all personal trainers operating within the United Kingdom must have public liability insurance and a valid first aid award which includes a cardio-pulmonary resuscitation certificate (CPR). By checking that your proposed personal trainer can present proof of these certifications you can ensure that you are being trained by a reputable, qualified and competent fitness professional.

Coaching Style

When choosing a personal trainer you should endeavour to select a candidate who is compatible with your training style, lifestyle restrictions and fitness goals. For example; when interviewing prospective candidates you should convey your aims such as fat loss, increasing muscle mass, preparing for an athletic event or recovering from an injury, and find out how each candidate would help you to achieve these results. Furthermore, you should also outline your scheduling parameters so that you can choose an appropriate trainer; such as if you wish to undertake your personal training sessions at home, in a gym or at a local health club. By discussing these logistics with your potential personal training candidates you can evaluate whether their fitness regimes and training styles will suit your current lifestyle.

As well as verifying that your personal trainer is sufficiently qualified, one of the most important things you must do is ascertain whether their coaching style suits your motivation style and training preferences. Given that you will be training with this person for a prolonged period of time it is imperative that you find a candidate whose personality and fitness mantra harmonises with yours. For instance, if your personality suits a positive and motivating trainer with whom you can relate and who will gently guide you towards your goals then it would be disadvantageous to hire a strict drill sergeant personal trainer whose coaching style will clash with your ideals. Consequently you should interview each personal training candidate in person before hiring them on a long term basis.

Fundamentally, by discussing your training style, goals, preferred exercises, sports and athletic regimes with your prospective coach then you can find a candidate who will complement your individual personality; a process which will reap significant fitness achievements in the long term. At Eden Private Staff we are dedicating to safeguarding the welfare of each and every one of our clients. If you have any further queries or concerns regarding your proposed personal training candidate then do not hesitate to contact us today. Our team of highly proficient search consultants meticulously vet all of our private staff candidates so they are well equipped to offer you advice and support regarding your chosen personal trainer and individual requirements.

May 19, 2015

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