Whether you are looking for a
aerobics instructor or a
yoga instructor to go to
your home to help you get into
shape, there are a number of criteria and considerations which you - as a
Fitness Client - should
carefully consider before making your choice.
Here, in no particular order, are some of
the main areas for you to ponder over:
1. Ask Yourself What You want To
Achieve & How You Are Going To Achieve It
First, and foremost, you need to
specifically know what your fitness goals are, and by what means you are
going to achieve them. For instance, if you are seeking for greater
overall body flexibility, and an improved sense of balance and inner calm,
then it makes sense for you to engage a personal
Yoga Instructor RATHER
Personal Trainer. Similarly, if you love water-based activities,
and would like to get into shape while working out in the pool, then you
are better-off searching for an
Aqua Coach or an
and NOT a Land-Based
It may seem pretty obvious to some of us, but you
may be surprised at the actual number of "MIS-matches" there are in the
real world! We sincerely hope you won't make the same mistake that others
before you have.
WHAT you want, and HOW you want to achieve it, before sourcing for a
Qualifications Of Your Fitness Service Provider
Your Professional Fitness Service Provider
MUST be suitably certified in his/her area of specialty in order to
provide you with a safe and effective exercise experience.
The following are some pointers to look
- Check the CREDIBILITY
of your fitness provider's certifying/educational organization.
A credible Fitness Educational/Qualifying
Process would entail the following:
- enrolment in an institution or school
with a Board/Panel of credible Fitness Educators,
- Presence of a Structured Learning
Process with on-going, in-built Independent Assessments; and
- The presence of verifiable,
unbiased Third-Party Evaluation Procedures.
Consumer Note: There are numerous certifying
agencies in the world for the various fitness vocations - from personal
training to Yoga to Pilates. NO single certification/diploma/degree is necessarily
better or superior to another - contrary to what you may have read
or been told elsewhere. In truth, every qualification comes with
its own plus- and minus-points, benefits and disadvantages,
supporters and detractors; very often the degree of importance/significance
attached to a particular qualification varies greatly even from one part of the world to another!
BEWARE of trainers or coaches who tout
or hype their qualifications as being
the 'ONLY Recognized One', 'the BEST', the 'Gold Standard' or simply 'Superior' to
others; - often some form of propaganda, agenda and/or politicking are at play
in these instances! Be Warned!)
: Have a nice, slow
chat with your Fitness Service Provider and find out from him/her the
ACTUAL FLOW or PROCESS of his/her educational journey!
Not many are aware of this
fact, but do note that your fitness service provider's certifications or
qualifications often come with EXPIRY DATES!
These expiry dates are there
for a reason: to ensure that ALL Fitness Professionals partake in Continuous
Self-Learning so as to keep their skills updated, relevant and fresh.
In fact, fitness professionals are often
required to accumulate sufficient Continuing Education Credits in order
to RENEW their certifications or 'licenses'!
Consumer Note: Holders of
fitness-related degrees and higher tertiary qualifications, which - technically speaking - have "no
expiry dates" to speak of, are also OBLIGATED to keep themselves
RELEVANT due to the fast, evolving nature of the Fitness Industry.
Actually, some studies have shown that Degrees do become 'outdated' or
obsolete as short as after 3 years !!! ).
Also, degree holders and
post-graduates in the fitness field do NOT necessarily
make better trainers or coaches than non-degree holders. As in most fields of study, a
tertiary fitness education tends to focus predominantly on the following:
examination of fitness issues, research-based scientific models, clinical
approaches, laboratory-related work and advanced theoretical studies - much of which
- in the words of a respected Fitness Authority:
" .... may
or may NOT have much relevance nor additional benefits for the general
a day-to-day coaching (training) context."
Therefore, when selecting
your fitness provider, do consider ALL other relevant factors ON TOP of
: Make sure that you are NOT taken for a ride by someone with OUTDATED or
Closely-related to the
above, is proof or evidence that your Singapore Fitness Service Provider
is committed to his/her own Professional Upgrading
As a general rule, a serious
and professional Fitness Service Provider would have committed
himself/herself to some form of UPGRADING or CONTINUAL EDUCATION - whether in the form of workshops, seminars,
courses etc - at least ONCE within any 12-month
period. Anything longer than that, cast SERIOUS doubts on the individual's professionalism, dedication and
Committed and serious
fitness professionals usually have MULTIPLE advanced/specialty
certifications to show for their commitment to Personal Lifelong
Learning - and are
often the most IN-DEMAND in their respective industries.
: Ask to see EVIDENCE ( eg. Certificates Of Participation, Attendance,
Completion etc ) of most recent commitment to self-upgrading. If your
service provider can't produce anything that seems recent enough, LOOK
Ask For Testimonials
Or Media Reports
professionals are usually highly-sought after by the Media for interviews,
opinions, article write-ups etc; and have a healthy portfolio of signed,
Many of these professionals,
of course, would like to protect the privacy of their existing clients,
and may NOT be forthcoming with actual contact details. Nevertheless, try
to see if you can negotiate something with them; or at least try to view some
samples of written, audio or even video testimonials, and not forgetting any
media articles or snippets related to the fitness provider.
or hear for yourself actual testimonials and media reports on your fitness
Assess YOUR Ability
To Get-Along With Your Service Provider
Nothing is more DAMAGING
than the clash of 2 distinct, polar opposites in CHARACTER/PERSONALITY.
Use the first meet-up or
initial fitness consultation with your Fitness Service Provider to ASSESS
and GAUGE your ability to work with that particular individual.
Check for the following
Good Command Of Your
A Personable or Likeable
Professional Image And Demeanor
At the same time, ask
yourself the following questions:
Does the person put you
AT EASE, or do you feel all tensed-up in his/her presence?
Are you able and WILLING
to take instructions from this person?
Does the person generate
TRUST and CONFIDENCE within you?
Do you think you are
COMFORTABLE seeing this person 2/3 times-a-week or even more?
Your answers to the above
would give you a good idea whether your fitness service provider is truly
meant for you - and vice versa.
: Make sure that you can get along with the individual before committing
Well, there you have it, a quick glance at the criteria you should be
looking at when selecting your Singapore Fitness Professional.
Ready to get started?
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very own Singapore
Fitness Service Provider today!
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