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What about your own trainer?

Business is booming for personal trainers, who say their clients are busy people without the time to sort through mazes of exercise machines and stacks of fitness literature to design programs for themselves.

People hire personal trainers for a variety of reasons: to teach them how to use exercise equipment properly, to help them design programs to reach specific fitness goals, and to give them the incentive to work out regularly.

A trainer will design a personalized program that includes strength training, cardiovascular work, and flexibility exercises. As one's fitness level increases, so does the difficulty of the program.

"If you go to a gym, there can be a lot of trial and error in finding what works for you. A good trainer will give you the quickest and easiest way to get in shape," says Lisa M. Sanchez, a certified trainer with Infinite Results of Los Angeles.

Ken Miller, 45, has been a client of Sanchez's for almost five years. He says that, for him, the benefits are well worth the price. When he started, he was out of shape, did not exercise regularly, and had poor eating habits. Now, he says, he's in better condition than ever before.

"If you relate it to your health--feeling better and being sick less--it can end up saving you money in the long run. I can't remember the last time I was sick," says Miller.

Most people work with a trainer two or three times a week to start, tapering to once a week after the first year or so. A session lasts 1 to 2 hours and costs $25 to $80. Some trainers make home visits; others are based in gyms.

How do you find a good trainer? Start at your local h a club; it may offer one-on-one training, or make recommendations. In the yellow pages, look under Health Clubs and Health & Fitness Program Consultants.

Be discriminating in your selection. No accreditation requirements exist. "There are a lot of personal trainers who look good in a tank top but don't know a lot about the human body," warns David Bass, fitness director for Plaza Athletic Club in San Francisco.

Professionals in the field recommend that you choose a trainer certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, American College of Sports Medicine, or American Athletic Trainers Association and Certification Board, Inc.

These organizations teach trainers to spot potential health-risk factors, and instruct them in proper use of exercise equipment. Continuing education is required for trainers to maintain accreditation--important in this still-evolving field.

Also, look for someone with a four-year college degree in a fitness-related area; it shows commitment to the field. As you would when hiring other types of professionals, g t ent references, and call to hear what they have to say about the trainer.

Finally, talk with various trainers, observe them with clients, and ask yourself if you'll be comfortable accepting direction from them.

Of course, you should always seek your doctor's OK before tackling a new workout regimen.
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Date:Feb 1, 1992
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