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Ask your doctor about your post-stroke limitations
BEFORE you start an exercise program!

EXERCISE WITH A QUALIFIED FITNESS PROFESSIONAL

Make sure your personal trainer has the appropriate experience.

Your personal trainer should have a certification that is accredited by NCCA (National Commission for Certifying Agencies).

These organizations issue accredited certifications:
American Council on Exercise (ACE)
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
The Cooper Institute (CI)
International Fitness Professionals Assn. (IFPA)
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
National Council for Certified Personal Trainers (NCCPT)
National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC)
National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF)
National Exercise & Sports Trainers Assn. (NESTA)
National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA)
National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT)
National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA)
Training and Wellness Certification Commission (TW-CC)

QUESTIONS FOR YOUR TRAINER

Here are some important questions to ask a personal trainer during your interview:

Do you have education or experience in exercise science, aging, and program design?
Do you have at least 2 years of experience, including experience training people my age?
Will you be able to develop an exercise program based on my goals, abilities, and health?
Have you worked with people with my medical conditions?
Will you accompany me to one or two sessions with my physical therapist to learn what works for me?

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF

Did the trainer listen carefully to me and answer my questions?
Does the trainer have a sense of humor and a personality that I like?
Did the trainer tell me what to expect from the sessions?
Are the costs of the sessions and the cancellation policy clearly stated?
Is the trainer insured or bonded?
Will the trainer give me a list of clients so I can check references?

Here is a list of personal trainers who have been recommended by stroke survivors and professionals who work with them.

Many survivors continue to work with good therapists long after their stroke, especially if insurance or other benefits cover the expense. Sessions with a therapist or therapist assistant can jump start your fitness routine. Here is a list of physical therapists who have been recommended by stroke survivors.

If you are working with a trainer that you would like to recommend please contact us.
You will be helping other stroke survivors!