Questions to Ask Your QEP
Choosing the right exercise professional can increase your enjoyment, safety and commitment to being physically active. Make sure you find someone who has advanced professional certification, education in exercise or sport science, experience working with people like you, and a personality that's a good fit with yours.
Of course, before you start becoming more physically active, you should fill out the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q+) to see if you need to check with your doctor first.
Here are some questions to ask exercise professionals so you can decide which one is best for you.
- What's your philosophy toward your work? What's your approach to helping people meet their physical activity goals?
- Do you have a university degree in sport or exercise science?
- Do you have advanced certification?
- What experience do you have as an exercise professional? How long have you worked in the industry?
- Do you have special training for my health condition? (for instance, you may be an older adult, pregnant, have a chronic disease or disability, etc.)
- Can you give me two references of people who have worked with you before?
- What results have you had with other people who have similar needs?
- Do you take part in activities with your clients or do they do the activities on their own?
- What equipment will I need to buy or supply?
- Will you be measuring my fitness when I start, so I'll know how much I'm improving?
- How often do you review exercise programs and goals? How do you check on progress?
Cost, Hours, Location
- What are your fees? (NOTE: prices vary depending on service. For instance, individual training is more expensive than group training.)
- What are your working hours?
- Where will the activities take place? (for instance, your home, outdoors, local fitness or recreation centre) Would it cost more to meet someplace other than my home?
- If I miss a session for illness or holidays, is there a cancellation fee?
- Do you offer a free first session or a discounted trial before I commit? (This can give you a better idea of what it would be like to work with this person.)
- What types and amounts of activities are recommended for my health condition? (common conditions can include arthritis, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, etc.)
- Based on my interests and needs, what kinds of activities or fitness centres do you recommend?