If you are going to pay someone to push you to your limits, you would be wise to make sure they are qualified to do so.
Some personal trainers are not what they seem, but there are plenty of ways to figure out who's legit and who's not.
Nowadays people can go online, pay a few dollars, pass a quick test, and just like that, a piece of paper says they are a trainer.
"It drives us crazy, but that's why we are different," said personal trainer Samantha Lyons.
There's a big difference between qualified professionals and imposters. Lyons says people need to know the difference.
"It's really not fair for the client, because for every one good trainer who produces solid, undeniable results, you might have 10 people who went online and got a certification," said Lyons.
If you are looking for a personal trainer to help you meet your New Year's goals, here is what you should pay attention to:
"Client testimony and results to show what they are worth, that's important," said Lyons. "We like when people ask us questions; it gives us a chance to really showcase the difference between a good, solid training system and structure that differs from just the average run-of-the-mill 'we will bargain with you just to get a client'."
So ask questions, do your homework on a trainer, because after all, they are working for you.
"It's the only way to delve deeper into what a person needs, wants and experiences," said Lyons.
There are many qualified certificates that a personal trainer may obtain. Here's a list of accredited organizations.
American College of Sports Medicine - ACSM National Safety Council - NSC National Strength and Conditioning Association - NSCA - CPT American Aerobic Association International - AAAI International Sports Medicine Association - ISMA American Council on Exercise - ACE National Academy of Sports Medicine - NASM