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Published on August 29th, 2013 | by Cecily Casey

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Traits to Look for in a Trainer

Engage a personal trainer based on his/her positive responses to the following qualifiers.

  • Starts by discussing short- and long-term goals
  • Customizes a program for individual needs
  • Reviews one’s health history in detail
  • Conducts a posture analysis
  •  Screens each client for quality of movement
  • Asks the client to track his or her food intake
  • Provides helpful cues for improvement during sessions
  • Critiques movement from various angles
  • Is able to ramp up or ease off exercise challenges as needed
  • Never uses the phrase, “No pain, no gain”
  • Keeps current with educational certifications, workshops and seminars

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About the Author

is co-owner of RealFit Gym, in Highland Park, IL, where she is a practicing American College of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer.


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