Which wellness guru suits me best?
Personal trainers and wellness gurus often come at different experience levels & credentials. What's important isn't just the number of years of experience or certifications he or she has, but how well suited he or she is to your specific needs. Some may want to know how to lose weight, and others how to gain weight. And here are a few things to look out for to find a great fit.
Certification & Experience
- Although certification isn't everything, it tells you the personal trainer has taken formal training
- Look out for major certifications which include ACE (American Council on Exercise), NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) & NCSA (National Strength and Conditioning Association)
- Don't just look for number of years of experience. What kind of experience is important too - has the personal trainer worked with someone of your age group, your health status or fitness interests?
- If you have specific goals in mind (e.g. heal a long-term injury), you might want a rehabilitation expert or physiotherapist who can lead the way
- Specific credentials in the specific field are things you could look out for
The Fine Print
- A great wellness guru is worth his or her weight in gold. But sometimes its also a question of how much gold you have to spend
- Do comparison shopping by getting a few quotes & average prices. Most rehabilitation experts have hourly rates but find out if they have package pricing too
- Get into specifics of the figures. What happens if you cancel? What happens if they cancel? How would you be charged if a session starts late, or extends beyond the agreed time?
Personality & Character
- A great physiotherapist can truly make you feel brand new again. So you want the right person who's invested in you & whom you can work with
- Look for a personality fit. You don't have to be like them, but you should like them. You'll be spending a fair amount of time with them after all