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    A man who robbed the Kroger on Harper Road in Beckley, WV bank in March, went before a judge on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Jonathan James Rager pleaded guilty to Second Degree Robbery in front of Judge John Hutchison.
  • Beckley Police investigate shots fired on 8th Street

    Beckley Police investigate shots fired on 8th Street

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    A person opened fire at a home in Beckley during the early morning hours of Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Detectives are investigating a case of shots fired along 8th Street, which is just off of Johnstown Road. The incident happened at around 2 a.m.
  • Deveron Patterson pleads guilty to 1st Degree Murder

    Deveron Patterson pleads guilty to 1st Degree Murder

    Friday, August 29 2014 10:45 AM EDT2014-08-29 14:45:11 GMT
    A case that began almost a year ago lead to a guilty plea in Kanawha County court on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Deveron Patterson, 26, of Raleigh County pleaded guilty to a First Degree Murder charge in connection with the death of Kareem Hunter in Sept. 2013.
    A case that began almost a year ago lead to a guilty plea in Kanawha County court on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Deveron Patterson, 26, of Raleigh County pleaded guilty to a First Degree Murder charge in connection with the death of Kareem Hunter in Sept. 2013.
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  • Ex-Im's choices of winners, losers hurts overall business

    Ex-Im's choices of winners, losers hurts overall business

    Friday, August 29 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-08-29 10:00:19 GMT
    In recent years, the Export-Import Bank of the United States has drawn heavy criticism. Officials from the bank have gone on a nationwide barnstorming campaign to build support as many congressional Republicans consider shutting the public credit giant down via defunding it.
    In recent years, the Export-Import Bank of the United States has drawn heavy criticism. Officials from the bank have gone on a nationwide barnstorming campaign to build support as many congressional Republicans consider shutting the public credit giant down via defunding it.
  • Advances in technology can be both hazardous, helpful to your health

    Advances in technology can be both hazardous, helpful to your health

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    “Sometimes I think I spend 80 percent of my time undoing what other people tell my patients,” Dr. Bob groaned after I recently asked him if I should increase my daily intake of a certain medicine now in my daily regime.
    “Sometimes I think I spend 80 percent of my time undoing what other people tell my patients,” Dr. Bob groaned after I recently asked him if I should increase my daily intake of a certain medicine now in my daily regime.
  • Understanding the quiet man behind the manic genius

    Understanding the quiet man behind the manic genius

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-08-26 10:00:18 GMT
    I met Robin Williams 32 years ago at a bar in Italy. He must have been about 31 and had lived almost half of his life, although we didn't know it at the time.I was sitting at the bar with my ex-husband.
    I met Robin Williams 32 years ago at a bar in Italy. He must have been about 31 and had lived almost half of his life, although we didn't know it at the time.I was sitting at the bar with my ex-husband.

Cindy Boggs is an American Council on Exercise-certified fitness professional, corporate wellness presenter and author of the award winning book, CindySays… "You Can Find Health in Your Hectic World." Her web site is www.cindysays.com.

Whether you need a plumber, a party planner or a personal trainer, you know as well as I do that they aren't all created equal. Furthermore, they don't necessarily grow in their scope of knowledge throughout their careers. The fact is there are good ones but unfortunately, there are plenty of bad ones. Knowing how to identify and contract the best is a big part of the battle.

Over the years, I've realized that what sets trainers apart is the ability to truly make your experience a personal one. Exercise alone will never be enough to change your body without supporting it with great nutrition, hydration and rest. A trainer who understands this (and any worth their salt should) will constantly seek continuing education and practice what he or she preaches. These criteria, once you find a personal trainer, will ultimately determine whether you love 'em or leave 'em.

Have you left them?

Sorry about your experience — sadly the following scenario happens quite often. Lovers of physical activity casually decide they are a natural candidate to become a personal trainer. They expect to attend a weekend certification and simply start changing lives the following Monday morning with a treadmill and a few resistance machines. Yikes! If you've experienced that end of the personal trainer spectrum, I hope you have left them. Good trainers aren't always right around the corner, but they are within reach. 

Standards

Ask yourself: Would you hire a contractor who went through a weekend "build a house seminar" to build the house of your dreams? No, of course you wouldn't. You would search for one who had experience, references and bodies of work that you could view and scrutinize. Well, the same applies here. Look for the bodies of work a personal trainer has created. Ask your potential trainer questions such as the following and expect specific answers:

 

  • Who have you trained?
  • What is you specialty?
  • How do you approach personal training?
  • Do you integrate nutrition?
  • Can you help me reach my specific goals?
  • Do my goals align with my commitment and ability?
  • Good trainers never rest

 

They are always on the lookout for more … to invest more in themselves by attending great conferences and seminars that earn them continuing education credits. Great fitness professionals are required to accumulate at least 10 to 20 hours of CEUs each year in order to remain in good standing with the certifying agent.

Scan the wall

Guaranteed if you are meeting with your trainer in their office and their certificate is not hung proudly for all to see, it's a good chance they either are not certified at all or no longer keeping up with their certification requirements. Either way, it's a perfect reason to excuse yourself and keep looking. 

The skinny on good trainers

Keep in mind that there are decent trainers who are credentialed but lack the knowledge on how to counsel their clients to fuel great workouts. These are the trainers who spend all their time on training and no time on nutrition. Chances are your trainer isn't a registered dietician or nutritionist, so they should not be devising menu plans for you. This would be out of their scope of practice, which is a no-no! However, basic fitness nutrition can and should be discussed and, if so, can triple the effectiveness of one's training program. If your trainer isn't building a nutritional system around your goals, commitment and lifestyle, you will most likely fall short of your expectations.

Choose well

In all aspects surrounding health, including diet, training and lifestyle, I would like to emphasize one point: Choose well and you will live well.