Since I do a little bit in the area of personal training, I thought today would be a good day to give you all some information on that side of things. I have two article to share with you, one a little bit older and about how you should know your personal trainer and their credentials because nowadays just about anyone can become a "personal trainer". Remember whoever you are training with could be hurting you as much as helping you.
Here are my 3 steps to finding a great personal trainer:
1.) Find out their certifying body: The best organizations are National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the American Council on Exercise (ACE). If they are being certified by the local gym they may not be as qualified in my opinion.
2.) Ask Questions: If your Personal Trainer can not answer questions you have logically, they are more than likely a fake! Be mindful of what you are doing. Even the biggest fitness dummies can probably spot something that is not right. Trust your intuition, if something feels weird, ask a question about it.
3.) If your Personal Trainer is not respecting your abilities, I do not think they are legitimate. Motivating you is one thing, but getting you to push through pain or discomfort I do not think is very smart.
The second article is about running shoes, thanks to my boy Dan Frid for passing this one along to me. Have a look: