At a recent networking meeting, we were all asked to discuss the most common misconceptions about our business. Well it is probably no surprise that when it comes to the fitness industry, I could think of plenty of misconceptions, myths, and assumptions! This segment includes some common misconceptions about personal training. There are many, but here are the ones I hear most frequently:
1. Personal trainers are for the wealthy.
Can personal training be expensive - absolutely! However, if you do some research, there are more personal training options available now and most people may be able to find something to meet their budget. While traditional one-on-one or private personal training may run an average of $50-80 a session, many facilities or trainers offer partner or semi-private/small group training options so that the price is reduced for each person. We offer all of these options at our .
2. Personal trainers are drill sergeants.
Some maybe, but since we are human, (believe it or not) personal trainers come with all types of personalities and coaching styles. The average training client probably wouldn't excel under a drill sergeant style. An effective trainer can adapt his or her style to meet the needs of their different clients. It is always a good idea to interview a potential trainer first to see if their philosophy and personality will be a good match for you. (For more tips on selecting a trainer, refer to my earlier blog, "").
3. Anyone can become a personal trainer.
Well, yes and no. Anyone can obviously pursue a career in fitness and take an examination. However, a qualified fitness professional will have taken more steps. Be sure that your trainer is certified with an accredited certification agency and is current in CPR. (Don't feel bad about asking for a copy of their certification.) A quick, online certification should not be acceptable. Many trainers have college degrees in exercise sciences or kinesiology. My husband/business partner and I actually have graduate degrees in the field. If a trainer does not have that kind of educational background, learn more about their experiences and ask for references.