1. There are no barriers to entry in the field of personal training.
Anyone can print some business cards and call themselves a personal trainer. There is no legal definition. No state licensing. No minimal education required.
The person who cuts your hair or arranges your flowers has to jump through more educational and licensing hoops than a personal trainer does.
2. Certified Personal Trainer means absolutely nothing.
There is no legal definition for “certified personal trainer”. I can certify my dog as a personal trainer. Actually, I just spent 10 minutes taking an online test with the International Fitness Association and now my dog is a certified personal trainer if I send them some money.
3. Experience is the best indicator of a quality personal trainer.
Because of the low barrier to entry in the field of personal training, there is a very short average career span. The market is swamped and it weeds out the people who don’t have a strong passion to make personal training a career.
4. A strong desire to help people improve is a key quality of a of great trainer.
Not every super-fit person makes a great trainer. The passion for fitness has to be coupled with strong desire to help other people reach their potential.
How can you tell if a trainer has this desire?
In the modern information age, anyone can share expertise freely with the world through blogs and YouTube channels. This site has many blog posts and instructional videos I’ve produced for that purpose alone.
Use the search function to find info and instruction on any fitness topic.
This desire is what drives a great trainer to develop deep expertise.
5. Expertise in health and fitness is really important.
Certification in personal training doesn’t ensure competence, much less excellence or expertise. So how do you know if a trainer knows what they’re doing?
Search the internet. Watch their videos and read their blog posts.
Also, if you’re seriously considering using personal training to help you achieve your health and fitness goals, then contact a trainer for an initial consultation.
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Personal Trainers in Baton Rouge
Located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, we are professionals in personal training, coaching, exercise, and yoga. We are dedicated to helping our clients to achieve their health
and fitness goals. We offer personal fitness training sessions for
individuals or small groups, fascial stretch therapy, and
private yoga sessions.
Nick Ortego, Owner, Personal Trainer, Health Coach : A personal trainer in Baton Rouge since 1998.
Meredith Atterbery, Certified Personal Trainer : A personal trainer in Baton Rouge since 2010.
For an initial consultation with a personal trainer, complete the form below: