Paul Juris' Tips to Pick a Personal Trainer

Dr. Paul Juris' Tips to Pick a Personal Trainer

Dr. Paul Juris, executive director of the Cybex Research Institute shares his top three checkpoints for picking a personal trainer for you.

-So, I'm Dr. Paul Juris. I'm the executive director of Cybex Research Institute and I'm gonna offer you my top 3 tips for selecting a personal trainer. Number one, a good personal trainer is empathetic. They really want to understand who you are, what your needs are, and what's in your best interest rather than just trying to get you to do what they wanna do or what the hot thing is at the moment. We apply what's called the platinum rule. If the golden rule is do unto others as you would have them do unto you, well, I'm not gonna train you the way I want you to train me. I'm gonna train you the way you wanna be trained and that's the platinum rule. So, number one is empathy. Number two, credentials. They need to have at least some certification and most personal trainers have a certification these days, but I would say see if you can take it further. Find someone with a bachelor's degree in exercise science or maybe even a master's degree in exercise science. That's really important because it forms the scientific bases or foundation for what they're doing. You want them to have good problem solving skills if you have a way of figuring that out. And I would say try to find someone who's got a minimum of 3 years of experience working in the industry because now they've had a chance to work with a lot of people; to experience a lot of different types of needs, and goals, and objectives; and someone who should be able to write a pretty good program for you.