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 inept 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? 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 physiology and nutritional science as the final components of an accomplished trainer. Systemic inflammation, leptin resistance, hormone regulation, autoimmune responses, ketosis and PEDs can greatly affect a person's weight loss, performance and longevity. A comprehensive understanding of the processes behind these terms and will allow a trainer to address plateaus and emerging health issues. These terms work in unison and play a critical role on one's overall well-being. Not knowing the 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.