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How to Choose the Right Coach

Guidance from the largest independent public register for the Health and Fitness Industry

What is a coach?

Coach is a broad term for anyone leading physical activity and in this context we are referring to it in the form of health and fitness coaching:

  • Instructor
  • Teacher                        
  • Personal Trainer                      
  • Fitness Coach

Questions to ask

There are some crucial factors to consider when choosing a new or different fitness regime.

Here are 3 important questions you should ask that will help provide you with the assurance that you are putting your body under the instruction of an appropriate health and fitness professional:

1. Is your coach qualified?

Sounds a surprising question but because the various titles listed above are not protected by law it is very important to ask and check. Health and fitness industry qualifications provide the skills and underpinning knowledge for health and fitness professionals to provide safe and effective sessions to help their customers achieve their goals.

2. What do their qualifications mean?

With the plethora of training methods and brands in the health and fitness industry it is important to ensure that the coach has completed a qualification that  meets UK (and international) standards. The best way is to check that the coach is registered with the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).
Since 2002 membership of REPs has provided employers, customers and health care professionals with the assurance and confidence that registered instructors and trainers have the knowledge, competence and skills to perform specific roles – meeting the all-important standards set by the industry.
REPs registration ensures the coach has the recognised and approved qualification(s), remains up to date, and is appropriately insured.

3. What are their specialisms, and do their qualifications match your requirements?

There are a variety of reasons someone may start an exercise regime but if you have any special requirements your coach should have a category of registration on REPs to show not only that they have the underpinning knowledge to coach the general population, but they have the specialist knowledge and skills to coach you. The categories of REPs registration can be viewed here, along with the specific medical conditions that REPs members can be qualified to instruct.
How to find a qualified coach

To be confident in the coaching you receive, check the members list on our register, which you can search by name, location and/or skills.Take your pick from over 20,000 REPs members today!

Find a coach near you.