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4/3/08-Tyler

Personal Trainer Dangers...Know Who You're Hiring

If you want to get in shape correctly hiring a personal trainer is the "thing" to do. But with no regulation or licensing of the industry, how legit is the trainer you hire? As KLTV 7's Tracy Watler shows us, the wrong trainer could get you hurt.

Bruce Roberts has been working out with a personal trainer at KH Fitness in Tyler for almost a year now.

"They're knowledgeable, they can show you how to do things properly, more efficiently," he says.

And that's what you pay for, but, you may end up getting more than you bargained.

"There have been people who've got concussions, torn muscles, just from someone not paying attention and not spotting them," says KH Fitness owner Kelly Hitchcock,

Injuries from personal trainers who simply aren't trained.

"Most facilities what they're going to do is they're going to hire somebody who will work for 15 dollars an hour and then they charge the client 50 dollars an hour, and you being the consumer and you're expecting to have someone who's qualified and unfortunately that's not the case," he adds.

A quick Google search of "Online Personal Trainer Certification" brings up hundreds of websites. One, for example, that offers online certification after a 40-minute exam and just $49.99

"Even my mother, I'm not trying to take anything from my mother, but my mother could become a personal trainer in one day," Hitchcock says.

So what can you do to make sure you hire a legit personal trainer?

Hitchcock says look for certain accredited certifications like those from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Cooper Clinic, American College of Sports Medicine, and American Council of Exercise. Plus, look for a personal trainer with a college degree in Kinesiology or Nutrition. And lastly, ask around, especially to people in medical professions who may refer a specific trainer.

Hitchcock adds your personal trainer should always conduct a medical history questionnaire before having you workout, and even before creating any sort of workout plan for you.

That way, you'll break a sweat and nothing more.

Tracy Watler, Reporting tracy@kltv.com

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