Hello! Thanks for visiting my personal training website. I appreciate the time and effort you have invested to find this page as I realize the difficulty one faces when trying to find a quality trainer in the sea of well-intentioned but under-qualified Trainers. There are a myriad of different certifications, organizations, and associations; this can make the process of tracking down a suitable trainer very nebulous. Many people make the mistake of selecting a trainer solely based on his or her credentials or certifications. Although a logical assumption, which can sometimes be the best method when little or no additional information is available, there are many other seemingly less important factors that are in actuality better determinants of a true fitness professional. For the sake of brevity, I will lightly touch on a few general areas I feel a trainer should have proficiency in. Starting the list, one of the most important factors that should be taken into consideration is training experience. How long has the trainer been involved in the fitness industry and is this their profession, or is it merely a side gig? I would hate to be wasting my time as a part of somebody’s learning curve, despite how nice he or she can be. Another important factor to consider is a trainer’s ability to manage, rehabilitate, and prevent injures. When working out with a trainer, one must explore new movement patterns and boundaries with their body. However, the acquired performance gains and skillsets don’t always come free, especially as you get older. The biological expense is usually a higher propensity for injury; suffering from an injury that deconditions you to a point less than what you started off at is not ideal, to say the least. To wrap things up, I will use nutritional science as the final components of an accomplished trainer. Does the trainer have a genuine and comprehensive understanding of what’s going on in your body, and more importantly, know how to correctly address these issues? In comprehensive understanding I am referring to systemic inflammation, leptin resistance, cortisol levels, oxidative stress, hormone regulation, autoimmune responses, etc. If you bring up a few of these terms to a trainer and they can’t elaborate, it would be safe to assume that they possess rudimentary knowledge in the field of physiology and metabolism. These terms work in unison and play a critical role in health, fitness, and longevity; not knowing their significance and the implications they have on the body will prevent you from reaching your genetic potential and drastically diminish any chances at long-term success.