Kids' Fitness | Before hiring a trainer . . .

Oct 17, 2006

With childhood obesity on the rise, personal training and group classes for kids are expanding. Good. But think first.

The international IDEA Health & Fitness Association offers suggestions parents should ask prospective personal trainers before hiring. A ''yes'' answer is what you're looking for:

• Is the trainer certified?

• Does the trainer have experience working with children and teens?

• Is the trainer certified in CPR and/or First Aid?

• Does the trainer keep your child's emergency information,
including allergies (drug or food), current medications and emergency contacts handy?

• Does the trainer keep track of your child's workouts and monitor progress.

• Does the trainer have liability insurance?

• Is the trainer's temperment a good match for your child's?

More tips via www.idea