Fitness: Choosing a Quality Club or Trainer That’s Right for You

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by Patrick Pine, President, National Fitness Therapy Association

Congratulations! You’ve decided to start an fitness program. In doing so you will be joining a growing segment of the population who want to gain more control over their health and well-being. This is your guide to selecting a health and fitness club or fitness professional.

Selecting a Health and Fitness Club

Location & Access – Is the club convenient to where you work or live, and is there adequate parking available if you need it?

Facility & Equipment – Is the club clean and well maintained with enough equipment and space so it’s not overcrowded at the time that you would be using it?

Programs & Services – Does the club offer a sufficient number and variety of programs and services, especially those you are interested in, for you to achieve your fitness goals?

Operational Standards – Does the club abide by any set of recognized regulations, standards or guidelines that are accepted as baseline operational standards in the health club industry, and if so, what are they?

Staff Certifications – Do fitness staff members have CPR certification and appropriate educational backgrounds and/or fitness certifications from nationally recognized certifying bodies?

New Member Orientation – Are new members provided with a club orientation, instruction in how to use the equipment and assistance with designing a fitness program specific to their needs?

Contracts – Examine the contract carefully. Make sure you understand everything and that any additional agreements are specified in writing.

Check References – Talk to current members, the Better Business Bureau and the consumer protection department of the local District Attorney’s Office to see if there are any complaints against the club.

NFTA Accreditation says that the club and its staff are professional – It is an operation that is safe, professional and meets the highest operational standards in the industry.

Selecting the Fitness Professional

Location & Access – Is the Fitness Professional convenient to where you work or live, or is training available in your home?

Programs & Services – Does the Fitness Professional offer the expertise, programs and services for you to achieve your fitness goals?

Operational Standards – Does the Fitness Professional abide by any set of recognized regulations, standards or guidelines that are accepted as baseline operational standards for personalized training in the fitness industry, and if so, what are they?

Professional Certifications – Does the Fitness Professional have CPR certification, the appropriate Educational Background and Fitness Certification(s) from nationally recognized certifying bodies? Is the Fitness Professional Accredited?

New Client Orientation – Are new clients provided with a pre-exercise health screen for risk factors and a consultation for designing a fitness program specific to their needs?

Contracts – Examine the contract carefully. Make sure you understand everything and that any additional agreements are specified in writing.

Check References – Talk to current clients, the Better Business Bureau and the consumer protection department of the local District Attorney’s Office to see if there are any complaints against the Fitness Professional.

NFTA Accreditation says that the individual is a professional – that this person meets the highest operational standards in the fitness industry.

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Source: Patrick Pine is the Founder and President of the National Fitness Therapy Association (NFTA). He has also served as the Executive Director for the Western Association of Clubs (WAC), a regional association of IHRSA, from 1993 to 1998. He has a Master’s Degree in Physical Education from Colorado State University and more than 30 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. His experience includes teaching, coaching, recreational director, sales manager, wellness director, club owner/manager and consultant.