Hello Keegan & Dawn Malloch,
Another thing to think about is how much income each will desire to earn.
I believe that having both in a gym would balance each other out with new ideas and experience.
Look at the diversity of trainers on IDEA…just as clients are individual, so are the personal trainers. Interviewing them will get you the answers I feel you are most in need to hear.
I often am asked this question at my facility from members. I have a combination of 7 trainers on staff. Recently the owner hired a trainer with 15 years experience training, but no current certification. I only have 1 year experience but make it my goal to take advantage of every workshop or certification I find important to myself and my goals as a trainer.
I think it is very important to have a combination of both in a facility. I am only one of 2 full time trainers. The others all have a “real job” and train part time. So while we have experience here I am not able to take advantage and learn from these trainers, which is something I would love the opportunity to do so.
I think it is more important to ask questions such as; what does this individual trainer bring to my team, how well will they learn from the more experienced or how well will they motivate the less experienced, how serious are they about their career and helping others achieve goals, how willing are they to stay on top of trends/current information in the industry, if they have x number of years experience but are unwilling to get a certification why is that,why did they become a trainer, are they able to adapt to individual goals, and I guess from a client stand point the question that should be asked (in my opinion) is: How will this trainer help me achieve my goals? Do they have a special certification specific to my needs? Do they have years experience training a specific group? How many people would refer them? Are they going to push me?
Not to sound trite, but the difference is EXPERIENCE. Assuming that the experience has been meaningful, then the more experienced trainer SHOULD require less oversight, be able to adapt more easily to program needs and changes necessitated by the client’s condition, have a larger cadre of exercises at their command, etc. Most or all of this can come from experience.
I hope that this helps.
Hi Keegan and Dawn,
This is one of those ‘two sides of the coin’ question.
A trainer with limited experience (hopefully) remembers what they have learned from their training better than experienced trainer.
A trainer with experience has more on the job experiences to utilize than a trainer with limited experience.
A trainer with limited experience cannot request the same salary as a trainer with more experience.
A trainer with less experience will probabaly need more supervision than a trainer with more experience.
All good answers. As suggested, experience, and certification, are certainly helpful. Not only do they help demonstrate your commitment to training, but also are a valuable source for recommendations.
I definitely agree that visiting various facilities to determine if you are impressed with their services and equipment, as well as management and hiring personnel. I also agree face-to-face contact is important.
You should also contact recognized and respected certifying organizations (e.g. ACE, ACSM, etc.) to find out you can gain access to their employment opportunities notifications.