‘Should I Hire a Personal Trainer?’
Are you for or against working with a personal trainer? Is there anything I should look for in a personal trainer if I decide to hire one? — Farley, 22, Scottsdale, AZÂ
Fitness centersÂ are full of guys and girls who claim to be personal trainersÂ but have no clueÂ what they’re doing. TheyÂ get a degree or certificate in the mail and all of a sudden they are running around like they are the bomb in their field. It’s a joke.
It take years of dedication and workÂ to becomeÂ a craftsman in theÂ sports and fitnessÂ field.Â You need knowledge in several different areas. Some ofÂ the best coaches I’ve ever worked with have no official certifications but are tremendous coaches and athletes. Many are the tops in their field. Some of the biggest clowns I know do have certifications and are clueless. Most of the big chainÂ fitness centers hire chumps. There are moreÂ fraudsÂ thanÂ knowledgeableÂ people in the “personal trainer”Â fieldÂ so watch out.
If you have a specific goal in mind — like making a sports team or winning a contest of some sort then it may not be a bad idea to find a coach in those areas of expertise. If it’s just a general improvement in fitness then don’t spend the money. You can make improvements on your own if you just push yourself a little harder.Â Find a training partner and refer back to my last article outlining a basic program. Then start lifting some barbells and quit the cagles.Â GetÂ each other motivated push each otherÂ and getÂ better that way.
As with anything,Â itÂ is a buyer beware situation. So beware.
Rick Scarpulla, the creator of The Ultimate Athlete Training Program, is a highly sought-after and renowned strength, speed and conditioning coach who works in developing top high school, college and professional athletes and programs throughout North America. You can follow himÂ on FacebookÂ andÂ on Twitter.