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Muscle & Fitness: The 7 Most Important Questions to Ask a Personal Trainer

Muscle & Fitness: The 7 Most Important Questions to Ask a Personal Trainer

Core-Tex inventor and founder Anthony Carey weighs in on finding the right personal trainer to suit your needs and fitness goals.

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Trainers chime in on the questions you SHOULD be asking when hiring a trainer.

So, you have fitness goals and want results — but need help. This is where hiring a personal trainer can bridge that gap.

Whether you’re looking to nail a one-rep max, drop a few sizes, get ready for competition, or just needing to ramp up your current fitness routine, utilizing a personal trainer can be a total game-changer.

But, how do you find a quality trainer that best suits you and your goals? These personal trainers are here to help.

We asked several personal trainers on some of the important questions they hope potential clients would ask them. Here’s what they tell you should be asking your trainer.


It might seem like you’re prying into someone’s background, but don’t be shy. After all, you’re a paying client and will be putting in the hard work. Although degrees or certifications don’t necessarily guarantee you the best trainer, Anthony Carey M.A., CSCS, feels this is still a very important question to ask your trainer. “Trainers who have an exercise science-related degree and/or a national certification have demonstrated a level of competency that someone who took a weekend workshop or internet certification won’t have.”

Look for certifications by certifying organizations such as the American Council on Exercise, The National Strength and Conditioning Association, the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and the American College of Sports Medicine. “These organizations have achieved accreditation by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA),” Carey adds.

Expansion of knowledge and growth in their field should be ongoing as well. “Also, be sure that the trainer is maintaining continuing education units to keep current on the latest research and trends,” Carey suggests. Once you’ve landed a trainer with great credentials, you’ll be one step closer to achieving your goals.

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