Trying a trainer?

March 08, 1994|By Sandra Crockett

So you want to work out with a personal trainer? Here are a few general guidelines to get you started:

* Personal trainers are not required to be certified. However, various fitness associations and organizations offer a certification program, which means trainers are tested for their knowledge. Two of the most prominent national organizations are the American Council on Exercise and the American College of Sports Medicine.

* Know your trainer's background. Some have college degrees in exercise or fitness disciplines. Others are self-taught. Some are strictly bodybuilders while others are cross-trainers. Your goals should be consistent with their training and expertise.

* Make sure your personal trainer determines your fitness level -- before starting. Some will require a doctor's permission or refer you to a doctor if they detect a problem such as high blood pressure.

I= * Inquire about legal responsibilities in case of injury.

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