How To Hire A Personal Trainer in Saigon
Updated: May 9, 2020
The ultimate guide on how to find the best personal trainer in Saigon.
As a personal trainer with 5 decades of personal training experience and a University education in Exercise Science & Nutrition, I know a thing or two about what it takes to be a great personal trainer.
I've also owned my personal training business for the same amount of time which means I've hired many staff personal trainers to work for me.
What I look for in a staff personal trainer is the same as what you should be looking for in your next personal trainer.
PERSONAL TRAINER UNIVERSITY EDUCATION IS KEY
You wouldn't go to a doctor or dentist who didn't have a formal University education so why would you hire a personal trainer to improve your health, but who has no education about your anatomy or physiology?
Step 1 is to make sure that your next personal trainer has some sort of formal University or college education in Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology or Kinesiology. The terms Exercise Science & Exercise Physiology are often used for curriculums featuring the same educational information and can be considered similar or exactly the same. They will vary from University to University, but will always be very similar. Kinesiology emphasizes human movement and bio mechanics. I, personally have an education in Corporate Fitness which was later changed to Exercise Science by name.
If I'm hiring, I'd say that both are equal in the personal training world, but I do like Kinesiology as it deals with correct movement and that is, after all, what personal trainers try to get their clients to do...get moving and move correctly!
The two classes, Human Anatomy and Human Physiology are in Exercise Science, Physiology and Kinesiology curriculums and are the educational factors which I look for most as they form the basis of human mechanical and organ processes and functionality. Without this knowledge, I render any personal trainer basically worthless. Take strength training as an example. Let's say your trainer has you on a program to build muscle, but he or she has no education in the fundamental aspects of the human muscles ie; an education in Human Anatomy. How is it possible to build muscle if you don't even know the name or function of the muscle? I think you see where I'm going with this.
Bottom line on a formal fitness education...look for a trainer who has it. It's definitely an advantage.
PERSONAL TRAINER CERTIFICATIONS
Personal trainer certification requirements have gotten more stringent, but personally, I'm not big on personal trainer certifications as they're merely a "weekend warrior" type of an incomplete education for a personal trainer. Do personal trainers need to have certifications? To work in a commercial gyms, yes. However, in most gyms, this is merely for liability reasons.
The blunt truth is that there are only a couple reputable personal trainer certifications which I'd say are even worth a trainer getting. The rest are just a capitalistic revenue stream for businesses.
My staff personal trainers in Saigon who work for me are required to possess an Internationally recognized personal trainer certification. I prefer NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), but ACE (American Council on Exercise) is also fairly good if taught by an instructor who knows their stuff. The book learning is the same from instructor to instructor, but the aspects that really matters is the lab practical in which the instructor actually teaches the movements. Quite honestly, some of these instructor don't know how to perform the movements perfectly.
Bottom line on personal trainer certifications...they're ok if NASM or ACE, but I would recommend going with a trainer who has a University education instead.
PRACTICAL PERSONAL TRAINING EXPERIENCE
There is absolutely no substitute for actual field experience and this applies to any career in any industry. It's just like your wise old Grand Father. He's wise because of his experience.
So is the personal trainer with many years of personal training experience.
Presently, at the time of writing this blog, I have 33 years of personal training experience. This is more than any other personal trainer in all of Saigon and the entire continent of Asia.
I can tell you that I was not nearly the high quality of trainer when I first started as I am now. I may have thought I knew everything, but I didn't. I learned along the way and I made sure that I had mentors who were walking, talking examples of what a great personal trainer should be.
One only needs to go online and watch these young personal trainers / content creators posting photos and videos of themselves performing movements incorrectly to know that a good personal trainer usually has at least 10 - 12 years minimum experience. A great personal trainer usually reaches that level with about 15 - 20 years experience and also has nutrition coaching and healthy lifestyles experience.
I see many of these personal trainers who have before and after photos and talk of their own struggles and ultimately a transformation from fat to fit. This doesn't impress me and neither should it impress you. To overcome personal challenges is admirable and respectable, but to have a track record of always taking care of your body as a personal trainer shows consistency and longevity and ultimately, many more years of experience keeping themselves fit and healthy.
Bottom line on personal trainer experience...it absolutely means everything. Make sure your personal trainer has at least 10 years of practical freelance personal training experience.
I hope this provides some insights into what really constitutes a great personal trainer worthy of hiring and spending your money on and time with.
I'm extremely proud of the fact that I'm in my 33rd year as a personal trainer. The truth is that it gives me the ability to actually write this blog with some real facts and truth.
Please do contact me if you would like a free trial personal training session with I or one of my staff personal trainers in Saigon. We would be very happy to meet with you to discuss how we can assist you in your fitness training endeavors.
About the Author:
Dennis Romatz, Pro-Fit Saigon Owner & Head Personal Trainer is an Internationally acclaimed personal trainer with an Exercise Science & Nutrition University education and 33 years personal trainer & nutrition coaching experience.
Author: Dennis Romatz
Date: April 25, 2020