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Choosing the Right Personal Trainer: A Guide from REPs

Choosing the Right Personal Trainer: A Guide from REPs

When it comes to choosing the right exercise professional for your fitness journey, there are several important factors to consider. In this blog post, we will guide you through the process, providing you with the knowledge and resources you need to make an informed decision. We will also highlight key pages on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) website, such as 'Find an Exercise Professional' and 'REPs Categories,' to help you find the right match for your needs.

What is an Exercise Professional?

An exercise professional is a term used to encompass various roles within the health and fitness industry, including:

  • Gym Instructor
  • Group Instructor
  • Personal Trainer
  • Specialist Instructor

Questions to Ask

Here are three essential questions to ask when selecting an exercise professional to ensure they have the appropriate qualifications, knowledge, and skills:

1. Is your exercise professional qualified?

While it might seem like a surprising question, it's crucial to verify an exercise professional's qualifications since the titles above are not protected by law. Health and fitness industry qualifications equip exercise professionals with the necessary skills and knowledge to provide safe and effective sessions to help clients achieve their goals.

2. What do their qualifications mean?

Given the numerous training methods and brands in the health and fitness industry, it's essential to ensure your exercise professional has qualifications that meet UK (and international) standards. The best way to do this is to check if they are registered with the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). Since 2002, REPs membership has provided employers, clients, and healthcare professionals with the assurance and confidence that registered instructors and trainers possess the knowledge, competence, and skills to perform specific roles – meeting the all-important industry standards. REPs registration ensures the exercise professional has the recognised and approved qualification(s), remains up to date, and is appropriately insured.

3. What are their specialisms, and do their qualifications match your requirements?

People may start an exercise regime for various reasons, but if you have any special requirements, your exercise professional should have a category of registration on REPs that demonstrates not only their ability to coach the general population but also their specialised knowledge and skills to coach you. You can view the categories of REPs registration along with the specific medical conditions that REPs members can be qualified to instruct.

How to Find a Qualified Exercise Professional

To feel confident in the exercise professional you choose, consult the members list on our register, which you can search by name, location, and/or skills. Start your search for the perfect exercise professional here.

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