Over the past week I have been closely observing personal trainers at a top-tier fitness club in San Antonio. I have not learned any new exercises or training methods but I have learned that you get what you pay for. The gym has five different levels of trainers ranging from about $50-$115 per session. Over the week I have seen trainers with poor exercise selections that are going to make their clients muscles imbalanced, I have seen cookie cutter trainers that are so new in the business that they give every client the same workout regardless of their goals and fitness level, and I have seen every single trainer do sets of three. These trainers have had an overall lack of creativity and knowledge. If you are going to spend your hard earned money on a personal trainer, make sure you ask them about their qualifications. Top questions to ask:
Do you have a national certification? When did you get it?
Do you have any specialty certifications?
What have you done for continuing education?
How long have you been in the fitness industry?
You want to train with someone that has been in the industry for a few years and has several certifications. As far as I have observed, a four year degree in the field makes no difference in the quality of the trainer. I have seen some pretty crappy trainers with a degree and some phenomanal trainers without one. I know money is always a deciding factor in buying personal training but you want a trainer that is knowledgable, going to put time into your plan and not injure you. It seems in life that you always get what you pay for but with personal training this is definitely the case.