Are You Certified? This is a question I have never been asked (no joke). I recently read a post on Facebook about questions that should be asked when joining a gym or seeking a fitness professional, and I couldn’t agree more. The post was written by Tyler Touchette, a local gym owner at Caveman Strong.

The post talked about questions like “how much do you charge?” or “can I try it out first?” Don’t get me wrong, these are all good questions but can you really put a price tag on health?

The questions that you should be asking are: Are you certified? What are your qualifications? What will this do for me? Will I be held accountable?


There are many different certifications you can get for personal training. Two of the most popular are ACE and CanFitPro. With ACE you don’t even have to prove you can train anyone. All you need is a computer to study and write the exam. CanFitPro on the other hand is a little harder to get. You have in class and practical hands on training.

Bottom line is, whatever certification the personal trainer has, they should be continually learning more about how to train safely and effectively and to make programs individualized by using a variety of teaching techniques. The certified personal trainer should learn information to give the client sound advice of  general non-medical nutritional information and should be constantly educating him/herself on how to motivate and hold the client accountable. This is the standard that a certified personal trainer should be held to.

So the next time you enter the gym, what questions will you ask?

Trainers, what questions have you been asked?

Gym goers, what questions have you asked your trainer/gyms?