Q: What certification should I look for in a personal trainer?
Most importantly, no certification will guarantee that someone is a great trainer. The information taught in almost all certificates is generally outdated and basic.
It is really up to the trainer to learn outside of the certification process. A good trainer will have a mentor (preferably many mentors) that has shown them how to successfully deal with many situations, train people efficiently and effectively, and how to design a great training program.
A good trainer should also possess critical thinking skills. They should not simply do what all the other trainers are doing or copy workouts and exercises straight from a book or website.
If you are familiar with my training programs, you will know that they contain basic, no-fluff exercises. There's no standing on gym balls or other dangerous and relatively ineffective training methods. There is nothing in my programs that I can not justify. The trainer you choose should also be able to justify their exercise programs.
If I were picking a trainer, I'd insist on them meeting a very high level of criteria. After all, your trainer is in charge of your body and your health. You should demand a lot from your trainer. That's the only way your training will reach another level.
Feel free to email me for trainer recommendations across North America. I might be able to recommend someone for you.