Looking for a personal trainer? Unsure what all those four-letter acronyms mean? Here are a few tips to keep you safe:
-Research the trainer's certifying organization. The trainer should be required to take a test in person (not over the internet) and show proof of current CPR before they can become certified. Trainers should also be required to complete continuing education to keep their certs current. Avoid organizations that offer certifications online with only a credit card or who offer online testing.
-The trainer should perform some sort of assessments before recommending an exercise program. A variety of tests can be used inducing movement and postural assessments - cardiovascular and strength assessments - and flexibility tests. The trainer should also obtain a medical history and consult with your physician if you have certain health issues.
-If the trainer is not employed by a gym (i.e. training in a park) s/he should have personal liability insurance and current CPR. Let's hope yo never need either of these items but it is important to be covered in case you do!
-Most importantly of all if something feels uncomfortable or painful speak up! There is no trainer out there who would want you to injure yourself and most trainers encourage feedback throughout the workout. If something doesn't feel right it probably isn't.
Stay safe out there and Happy Training!