If you’re going to hire a personal trainer, make sure to vet them thoroughly. In recent years, the personal training industry has absolutely exploded, thanks to the rise of social media. Unfortunately, many of these “trainers” aren’t qualified trainers at all — and if you trust your health and fitness in their incapable hands, you may not get your money’s worth or achieve your desired results.

At Vinna Fitness, we’ve dedicated ourselves to safe, effective, and functional personal training since 1999. We’ve seen the dramatic changes the industry has undergone in recent years, and we’re here to spread the news: high-level training certifications MATTER, and you should never settle for anything less. We’ll go over a few of the certifications our trainers hold and why they’re critical for your success as a client. Stay tuned, because we’re continuing the discussion in our next blog post!

Bachelor of Science: Athletic Training, Exercise Science, & Kinesiology

Anyone can get a personal training certification, but not everyone has four years of college education to back up their knowledge. At Vinna Fitness, all of our trainers have four-year degrees in the health and human performance field, because they’re passionate about training clients properly.

Getting a personal training certification in a couple of months typically does not provide the same level of in-depth education. Unfortunately, the curriculum simply cannot compete with four years of dedicated biomechanics and training education at the university level.

Functional Movement Specialist

At Vinna Fitness, all of our trainers are also Functional Movement Specialists (FMS), holding either level I or II certification. Unlike a traditional personal trainer certification, FMS certification focuses on fundamental human movement principles and how they impact training and normal daily movement. These principles include:

●        Mobility

●        Stability

●        Motor control

●        Functional loading

●        Movement symmetry

Using their FMS knowledge, our trainers focus on evaluating their clients’ movement deficiencies through functional movement screenings. After determining where improvements must be made, they employ corrective exercise techniques to help clients improve neuromuscular coordination and core movement patterns.

Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)

To be eligible to sit for the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam, candidates must hold a four-year degree in an exercise science-related field. A CSCS applies science-backed knowledge and training techniques to help clients improve their overall athletic performance. When you work with a CSCS, you’ll receive in-depth nutrition and injury-prevention guidance along with fully customized programming designed to improve your strength, speed, agility, and athletic prowess.

Looking for Expert Fitness Coaching? Vinna Fitness Is the Place To Be

At Vinna Fitness, we’re dedicated to helping you achieve superior results. We’ve spent years acquiring the certifications we hold because we never want to offer our clients anything less than the best. More importantly, we also know that no matter how educated we are, we can always continue learning, which helps us provide more value for our clients! If you’re looking for fully customized, science-backed movement testing and training delivered by knowledgeable, experienced professionals, we’re the team you’re looking for.

If you live in or near the Twin Cities metro and would like to learn more about how we can help you move, work, and play to the best of your ability, give our team a call at 952-426-3963. You can also connect with us online, and we’ll be in touch!