I have read many articles like " Before you hire a personal trainer read this " then the article goes on to give you different things to look for, and the #1 is certification, well what everyone should know, is that anyone who can read a book and retain information can become a certified personal trainer.
If you are fat you can become a trainer, if you smoke you can become a trainer, if you are a boozer you can become a trainer.
So even though the a person has no previous experience- they can take an online test and become certified to train you, what I want to know is this who you want training you?
Most people will become the trainers “test subjects" they have no real life experience, they have no idea how to get someone into shape, so does it make more sense to have some one certified or experienced training you ?
Go into almost any gym and you will see some bad trainers, also good trainers, but the bad trainers out number the good trainers.
Personal trainers who don't live what they teach should be ashamed of themselves if they can't take control of their own life, how can they motivate you to better life.
If these trainers want to change peoples lives they should live this way too.
I personally seen people get certified that were fat, even seen one guy who could not even balance himself on one foot, yet they were certified as personal trainers- CRAZY.
Basically what I'm saying is certification isn't always the answer, experience can go along way, if you find the right person.
John Grube is an expert on the subject of bodyweight training. He also has 25+ years of training experience and is the author of The Wildman Training Program manual. For more info http://www.wildmantraining.com .