Health & Wellness

Finding the Right Fitness Trainer

Looking for a fitness trainer to help you to reach your goals?

With the rise of Instagram and other social media platforms, we see more and more images of impossibly beautiful and impeccably skinny or toned youthful bodies posing on yoga mats or in majestic places of nature. They gain hundreds of followers and preach fitness and wellness advice viewable in the “comments” section and request you direct message them for product information or services. Since when did everyone on Instagram suddenly become a fitness expert? They’re not. The fitness industry is not well-regulated and includes a vast scale
of educational backgrounds where anyone can claim to be a fitness expert. Unlike medical physicians or chiropractors, personal trainers and fitness instructors are not required to have a state-regulated license in order to work with people. Typically, a fitness trainer has gone through at least one nationally recognized certification course in order to gain the education needed to work one-on-one with individuals, but not all certifications are created equal, and it is up to them and/or the company they work for to keep the certification(s) current.

Before you start following someone’s workout routine posted online or buying into a service or product, make sure that person has your best interests in mind. My advice is to keep asking questions. Don’t blindly take advice. Most of us need modifications for knee conditions, joint injuries, spine issues, etc. It’s up to you to make sure that the “fitness professional” is qualified to work with chronic conditions and special populations. If you are looking to employ the assistance of a fitness trainer to help you reach your goals, do your research. For example, if you are a member of a gym, ask the manager what are the requirements for the personal trainers they hire? Do they hire trainers with only a high school degree or a Bachelor of Science in the field? What certifications do they require their trainers to have? Is there a system in place for keeping them up-to-date, or are most of the trainer’s certifications expire? You should know who you’re working with.

There are many excellent fitness trainers out there, but there are also equally inadequate ones. Just because someone has been working out or practicing yoga for years, does not qualify them to instruct other people. An experienced fitness trainer with credentials can be an extremely valuable resource, but be prepared to weed through a few faulty ones on your search. Remember to look with a critical eye, and knowing your budget and knowing your goals will help you find the right fitness trainer for you.

Stephanie Bogdan provides private fitness and yoga sessions throughout Palm Beach County. For more information, visit


Stephanie Bogdan

Caribbean Karma, LLC
Founder & Director Business Development
Phone: (646) 592-0782

American College of Sports Medicine
Certified Exercise Physiologist, Author
Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher

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