These days, becoming a personal trainer is just a mouse click away.
Jason Laube is the owner of Cutting Edge Fitness and Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach. He has a Bachelors in exercise science, a minor in business, a masters in exercise science, nutrition and physiology, plus countless hours of practicum work.
Okay so it’s an impressive resume – and Jason says even with all the schooling in the world, the most important thing is one on one work with clients.
He said, “I think it takes a lot more than just taking an online certification, you need hands on experience, you need that interim hours experience too. That’s gonna make you a better, well-rounded personal trainer or certified strength and conditioning coach.”
So how do you make sure you’re training with the best?
First, it sounds silly, but look at the letters behind their name.
Are they a strength and conditioning coach, do they have a fitness or personal training certification? Or maybe even training in a specific class like Zumba or yoga?
Don’t know, find out.
Second when you meet a potential trainer, don’t be afraid to grill ‘em.
Jason said, “I ask all of our clients to interview us. Ask for recommendations or referrals. If I was in their shoes and I’m gonna pay money for someone like me, I want to know “Okay is this person legit?”
And guaranteeing that person is legit means asking some specific questions.
Jason said, “How many clients have you worked with in terms of how many females have you worked with, how many males my age have you worked with? If you have injuries or any type of setback, have you worked with someone who’s had my type of injury?”
Also, you might want to look for someone who has a background in nutrition.
Because they can push you as hard as they want while during your sessions, but you have to put in the extra work outside the gym too.
Jason said, “Once they leave, they’re out of our control, so it’s so important to hammer home what type of food you’re eating before you come in here to workout, what type of food did you eat last night.”
It’s an intense and sometimes hectic job, but Jason says he’s more than happy to do it and make a difference in people’s lives.
“I’m always on my feet, working with people on a regular basis, I’m helping people get healthier and also we’re helping young athletes too.”