When I started as a personal trainer, I had my ACE Certification plus had hired a few trainers over the years. The truth is, prior to my own career change and starting my first job, I had no clue how to assess the programming I was getting.
The truth is, Certifications teach you anatomy, some programming and other technicalities. But – until you work with clients, until you do your own research on your particular niche, until you connect with up and coming innovative experts, until you do some trial and error with particular issues that come up with clients, it’s all just theory.
You want to work with someone who has the ability to connect with their clients, who has the expertise to guide you safely toward your goals, who has the skills that relate to your particular limitations – and/or the motivation and drive to get the answers you need.
You want a trainer whose passion aligns with your goals. Someone who gets excited to learn about new research in exercise and cognition, exercise and Parkinson’s, exercise and neurological issues, exercise and staying independent.
Make sure your trainer can program specifically for your goals and ask how their programming will get you there. What is the blueprint for you? Why is that blueprint different than another client? Is the trainer up to date on the latest research on exercise in their niche?
Finally, you should at least somewhat enjoy your workouts. A good trainer will incorporate some of what you like mixed in with exercises they think are good for you!
I hope this helps! Let me know if you have questions!