So, thank you to my Certified Personal Trainer, Robert Linkul MS NSCA-CPT *D CSCS *D for my personal strength, your dedication to excellence and for sharing your information about personal training and fitness.
If you are looking for a Certified Personal Trainer with a master's in Fitness you have about a 500/15,000 chance of finding one. If you want to be trained by the best with the best education, Robert has some tips for you in finding your partner in your fitness.
1. Education - The Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) should have earned a fitness based educational background including a degree in one of the following: kinesiology, exercise science, physical education, or strength and conditioning.
2. Certification- Ensure that your CPT is certified at all times by an NCCA accredited organization. This means your trainer must take a standardized number of continued education hours every year. Those certifying organizations include:
- National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
- National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
- American Council on Exercise (ACE)
- American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
- National Federation of Personal Trainers (NFPT)
3. Assessment - It is so important that your CPT performs a full interview and assessment including body fat, grip strength, body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, body measurements, lung capacity, pulse, etc. This assessment should also include a review of family history and a physical activity readiness questionnaire.
4. Career vs. Job - You want your CPT to be career minded, motivated, and not simply considering you as another obligatory job.
Everyone is different and I think if you are enjoying the process and feeling better, you have a good person helping you become more healthy!
Tips by Robert Linkul MS NSCA-CPT*D CSCS*D
2012 National Strength & Conditioning Association's Personal Trainer of the Year
For more information read Robert's book - "Confessions Of A Certified Personal Trainer- Volume 1 The Fitness Revolution - Educating you on the right way to exercise", in soft cover and Kindle.