Not all Personal Trainers are created equal!
I've heard both horror stories and praising recommendations of fellow personal trainers. Ranging from "I was injured during my sessions" to "They completely turned my life around!". What the general public needs to know is that you need to do your own research before hiring a personal trainer. Education and expertise vary from gym to gym.
Things you want to consider before selecting your trainer:
Ongoing education requirements and CPR renewals to remain certified are important.
Although most gyms require proof of certification before they are hired, anyone could claim they are a Personal Trainer with no certification at all! Who's going to stop you? Technically you don't need to undergo any certification. A hobby in fitness is much different than a career in fitness.
A good Personal Trainer uses a great deal of knowledge and applies it to a wide variety of individualized cases. Everyone is so different, there is no one way to train and achieve results. Knowing peoples quirks, personalities, motivators and bodies takes experience to be able to diagnose.
So, remember ASK QUESTIONS! There is a lot of value in having an experienced trainer by your side to guide you towards your new healthy life. Make sure you're happy with your decision.
-Sarah Koeslag BHSc, CSEP