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Who’s training you? HOW TO PICK A PT

All PTs are not created equal. Here are our expert tips to help you choose the best one for you
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Start by getting the basics right and always check your trainer’s credentials and qualifications – a good one will have no problem showing these to you. ‘In the UK, the minimum requirement is REPS (Register Of Exercise Professionals) Level 3,’ says Hugh Hanley, head of personal training and fitness at Virgin Active. Funded by the Department of Health, REPS guarantees that fitness professionals on its books meet required standards and possess acceptable qualifications. ‘If a trainer is advertising themselves as a specialist, they should have completed additional courses with further REPSaccredited points.’ What about that yoga teacher who’s hired the local church hall? ‘If someone is hiring a hall, they should have Instructor Public and Teacher Liability (Professional Indemnity) Insurance to ensure, at the very least, they are qualified and insured to teach exercise.’

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Spring into action with our summer of fun issue! Inside, you’ll find our ultimate outdoor fitness guide, with tips on how to get friends and family involved, and an expert piece busting weight loss myths. We chat to presenter Jameela Jamil about why she’s leading the post-body positivity movement and delve into the Governments new calorie counting obsession. Plus, how to pick your perfect PT, the real women’s guide to summer skincare, and six salads you’d be proud to serve up this summer. Find out more in the brand new issue of Healthy!