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Interrogation – How to Choose the Right Trainer

Ilen Bell, MS, CSCS, Co-Founder of Black Fitness Today



As a former U.S. Army Interrogator, I know a thing or two about asking the right questions. And when it comes to finding a personal trainer, you should too. Not all trainers and coaches are created equal. Choosing a credible person to help you reach your fitness goals should be taken into careful consideration. Would you take a Ferrari to a backyard mechanic? Your body and health are fine luxuries. Don’t treat your Ferrari like a Pinto.

“Interrogate” your trainer so that you know credible he or she is. But first, you have to have a plan.

Planning & Preparation

What are your goals?

What type of trainer are you looking for?
• male/female
• personality
• availability

The Interrogation


Who is this person?
• If you decide to hire personal trainer, then you should know a good amount about them personally


What is/are their specialization(s)?
• Your trainer should specialize in the area(s) that fits your goal(s)

What degree(s)/certification(s) do they have?
• At a minimum, your trainer should have a personal training and CPR/AED certifications
• If your goals are more advanced such as sports performance, look for trainers who have sports specific certifications (CSCS – NSCA or PES –NASM)

CSCS – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
• The gold standard certification for sports performance professionals

PES – Performance Enhancement Specialist
• Great knowledge based certification but not as widely recognized as the CSCS


When did they earn their certification?
• Not a deal breaker, everyone needs a chance and has to start somewhere, but knowing your trainer’s amount of experience is something you may want to consider


Where did they earn their degree/certification(s) from?
• You should not be willing to invest into a trainer who is not willing to invest into themselves
• Would you take a luxury car to a backyard mechanic? Your body and health are luxuries
• Certifications- Look for National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accredited

These are the best and most reputable certifications, if your trainer does not have one of certifications below, you may want to look elsewhere.

American Council on Exercise (ACE)
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
International Fitness Professional Association (IFPA)
National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF)
National Exercise Sports Trainers Association (NESTA)
National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT)
The Cooper Institute
*International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)
*Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA)

* Not NCAA approved but reputable


Why did they decide to become a personal trainer?
• Are they passionate about helping people live healthier lives? Assess their level of passion – it is best to work with a trainer who takes their job seriously


How can they help you achieve your goals?
• Your potential trainer should be able to answer this question and provide a realistic plan that is based on progression.
• This plan should be mapped out in steps – you have to crawl before you walk and walk before you can run
• If the plan is not mapped out in steps, you may want to look elsewhere

What Else

What else do you want to know about your trainer – make sure you’re comfortable with the trainer because you are making an investment (money/time). Make sure your investment gives you a nice return.

Ilen Bell is co-founder and CEO of Black Fitness Today, a digital platform dedicated to empowering the black community through health promotion and performance enhancement. He lives in Tucson, AZ with his wife and daughter and nine-to-fives it as head strength and conditioning coach for a military special operations unit.

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2Chainz Pretty Girls Fit Fest: Pretty Girls Like Trap Music



Atlanta’s Hottest Fitness Trainers Missy Mostrom, Stephanie LeBeau, DaShaun “Guru” Johnson & Lana Ector Whipped Over 200 Pretty Girls into Shape at Center Stage for the Release of 2Chainz “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” Album  

This past Thursday, June 15th over 200 of Atlanta’s prettiest girls showed up to the Loft at Center Stage in athletic gear for one reason…because they love trap music! Event attendees were excited and ready to sweat it out to 2Chainz new album “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” with a few of Atlanta’s hottest fitness trainers and were surprised to receive an official “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” pink yoga mat which came in handy during the three 45-minute workout sessions.

Session 1 featured trainers Stephanie LeBeau and Missy Mostrom of VESTA who opened the night with kickboxing moves and rotational exercises that increased heartbeats and spirits. Then the Guru of Abs himself, Dashaun Johnson, took the stage for Session 2 and after a quick warm up he turned it up and took it off! Always one to focus on breathing during his workouts, you could hear the ladies calling out the numbers of their sets throughout the entire venue. To close out the night in Session 3, Lana Ector came to represent that Black Women Workout Too and showed all the pretty girls that a little twerking can be considered a workout too.

Throughout the evening attendees were able to relax in the Pretty Girls lounge wherein they previewed the “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” album and refreshed themselves with Propel Electrolyte Water.The next stop on the Trap Fitness tour will be….well you just have to stay tuned to find out.

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Fantasia’s ‘Journey to Fit’ – See the Exercises that Helped Refine Her Sexy



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The All New Black Fitness Today Podcast!



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The Black Fitness Today Podcast is here! Allow us to re-introduce ourselves:

We’re Ilen and Lauren Bell, the husband and wife team behind Black Fitness Today! We want to take things a step further and start a podcast to further connect with you, and bring you even more interviews, tips and tools to keep you fit, empowered and inspired!

What better way to kick things off than by interviewing the fitness industry’s most trusted consultant and CEO of Fit Body Boot Camp – the fast growing fitness business in the world – Bedros Keuilian! He was even recently named one of the “20 Faces of Franchising” by Global Franchise Magazine. But his success was hard earned. Bedros and his family immigrated to America from Armenia, with less than $300. But his family’s determination and will to overcome led Bedros from digging through dumpsters for food, to reaching massive professional and personal success.

Listen to this motivating and informative episode as Bedros drops gems for days – – not only for the current and aspiring fitness professional, but for anyone looking to elevate their life! What does hitting the snooze button really mean subconsciously? How do you make time for healthy living while always on the go? What’s the best way for fitness professionals to avoid burnout and make their passion into a profitable living? Get answers to these questions and so much more.
Keeping you fit, inspired and empowered! We are Black Fitness Today. The premier fitness lifestyle brand for the black community.

Listen to “Bedros Keuilian: From Homeless Personal Trainer to Multi-Million Dollar Fitness Empire” on Spreaker.

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