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Is Your Trainer Your Perfect Match?

How does a person know when a trainer is a good fit for him/her? This is a question many of us face and often times don’t realize we chose the wrong one until it’s too late. A personal fitness trainer is not just about guiding you through your workout routine or being a drill sergeant; it's about assisting you in creating a healthy and fit lifestyle.

Not only can a trainer help you meet your fitness goals, they will also push you beyond the point you would push yourself. They can help with questions regarding fatigue and recovery. They can, and should, also be able to help with your diet.  A true expert in fitness will tell you that regardless of your routine if you’re not attentive to what you eat it will be harder time reaching your goals.

Here are some guidelines you can reference when you are on the search for the best of the best! If you’re looking into hiring a personal trainer, WebMD suggests considering the following:

  • Credentials
    Your fitness professional should be able to show you their credentials. Up-to-date credentials ensure they’ve met professional standards from a trustworthy organization. To become certified, personal trainers must pass an exam through accredited organizations such as The American Council on Exercise (ACE), the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). 
     
  • Cost
    Trainers hourly rates can vastly differ depending on certifications, specialty, and location. So think about what you can afford. If you are focused on the cost, you won't be able to focus on your goals. To save money, ask about options like semi-private sessions or a discount for buying in bulk.
     
  • Personality
    Who have been your best teachers? Who do you like to hang out with? You should look forward to spending time with your trainer. If you need a cheerleader and like to fun then select a trainer who will cheer you on and motivate you. But if you are more serious, then choose someone more serious.  Ask questions about your trainer’s philosophy and mood during training.
  • Experience & Reputation
    Do they have other qualifications beyond certification like CPR training? Do they have a proven process that can show results? A good trainer will be able to provide you with success stories, testimonials, and references. Sites like fitnesstrainer.com can also provide ratings and reviews.
     
  • Specialties & Goals
    A trainer’s specialties and your goals go hand in hand. Is your goal to lose weight or to run a marathon? A trainer who specializes in your goal will be more knowledgeable about training issues like plateauing and probably be more passionate about your goals.
  • Location
    Location is not just about the gym location, but where you will train too. Think about your daily schedule and routine. Do you have time to drive across town in rush hour traffic? Would a location near your home or work be more convenient? Workout location is important too. Some people find a busy gym stressful and others find inspiration in their fellow gym mates. Others prefer to work out in the privacy of their own home.
     
  • Availability
    Creating a fitness habit and being consistent is key to reach your goals.  Ask your trainer about their schedule. Do you have to book at the same time every week or can they work around your schedule? How far in advance do you have to book appointments? What is their cancellation policy? Regularly meeting with your trainer will help you reach your fitness goals. 

If you’re serious about a good strength workout, whether a newbie or a gym veteran, do yourself a favor and find a knowledgeable, experienced and certified trainer. Selecting a trainer can feel overwhelming, but knowing your goals and asking the right questions can help you find the right trainer. There’s trainer out there that will help you reach your goals.



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Hi, I responded in a different thread [http://biprousa.com/bipro-girl/view/249]..But just incase that is a little too old. I was following up on the PDCAAS protein rating of this....is it 1.0 out of 100?

Any help appreciated,
Erik

Posted by: Erik | June 29, 2010

Hi Erik,
Thanks for your inquiry. PDCAAS values are typically reported using the scale of 0-1.0, with 1.0 being the highest. BiPro has a PDCAAS score of 1.0 (highest possible). Please let me know if you have any other questions.
Hugs,
BiProUSAGirl

Posted by: BiProUSA Girl | June 29, 2010