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Personal Training Myths

Think that personal training is only for the wealthy or that all trainers are like drill sergeants? Christine digs into some common misconceptions about personal training.

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.

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Edith Canon September 13, 2012 at 05:01 AM
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Sami Mehmed Jr September 13, 2012 at 09:35 AM
Great article addressing personal training myths. Note: People who contract with a personal trainer need to understand fitness goals.
Bill Fasula September 13, 2012 at 10:51 AM
Go to the library and read a book or two and save yourself some money. I've been a personal trainer for over 40 years, of myself.
Christine St. Laurent September 14, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Thanks, Sami! Absolutely - I agree that setting, (and assessing) realistic and flexible fitness goals are extremely important. Definitely an important note to remember.

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