1 Million Children Hire Personal Trainers

Coaches Corner by Dave Gleason

As seen in the Pembroke Mariner and WickedLocal.com

1 Million Children Hire Personal Trainers

According to multiple sources, including MSNBC and Newsweek, more than 1 million children hire a personal trainer every year in the United States. The rate of youth obesity and the increased competitive nature of youth sports are cited as the major reasons for this relatively new phenomenon.

It is critical for parents to understand that when hiring a personal trainer for their child’s physical fitness needs, they pay close attention to the trainer’s qualifications and experience related to working with this specific demographic.

The following is a checklist for parents to use when hiring a personal trainer for their child:

1. Ask about the trainer’s schooling and continuing education. A degree in exercise science or related allied health field is preferable. Also, a certification as a Youth Fitness Specialist should be considered a primary requirement. Many nationally accredited certification organizations offer professional trainers education and credentials in fitness or sport training, but only the Youth Fitness Specialist certification from the International Youth Conditioning Association offers a specialized education for personal trainers in the aspects of working with children and adolescents.

2. Ask about the trainer’s experience working with children. Most personal trainers have experience working with adult clients, but only Youth Fitness Specialists have experience and exposure working with children and adolescents for weight loss and sports performance needs.

3. Ask to watch the trainer in action working with children. Personal trainers should be happy to have prospective parents view a training session in order to ascertain how well the trainer relates to children and adolescents.

Coach Dave Gleason, owner of Athletic Revolution in Pembroke instructs trainers, coaches and parents for the International Youth Fitness Association. For more information on the qualifications, experience and philosophy a youth fitness trainer needs to have call Gleason at 781-312-7808 or visit his website www.athleticrevolutionsouthshore.com.

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