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Personal Training Standards

Your progress as an athlete is directly proportional to the knowledge and experience of your coach or personal trainer.  In order to find the best personal trainer, you need a qualification tool at your disposal.  Personal Training Standards is that tool.  This exam covers:

  1. Questions on exercises that can only be answered with actual coaching experience.
  2. Questions concerning proper body mechanics, and weight loss programming.
  3. Questions on human anatomy
  4. Nutrition: going beyond macro nutrient balancing
  5. Nutrition: sports supplements, joint pain, and hypertrophy supplements
  6. Nutrition: Food prep and recipes
  7. Nutrition: Recovery and hydration

In addition, the exam provides you with a physical fitness test for your coach to perform, as well a nutrition worksheet analysis.  Make sure your next personal trainer is best trainer you can find – hand them this exam.

Personal Training Standards is Comprehensive in Its Scope

This is the same exam we use to screen new coaches and it serves as an amazing tool for us to rapidly slice through personal boasting and puffery that some coaches use to substitute for actual talent and experience.  There is no way to b.s. your way through this exam, either you know the answers or you don’t.  Plus, if your coach can get a good score on this exam, you know it’s a coach we would likely hire to work at Sand & Steel

For right now, Personal Training Standards, is a free download, and we hope you find it to be an invaluable tool to finding the best personal trainer in your area.

Overview of Personal Training Standards

Personal Training Knowledge

Asks straight-forward questions that your would-be personal trainer really should know. Accept nothing less than 80% score on these questions.

Nutrition Knowledge

If you want to transform your body rapidly, you need an integrated fitness/nutrition approach. This section asks several baseline nutrition questions to determine whether your new trainer has the requisite knowledge to write you a customized diet plan.

75% or higher required.

Personal Trainer Physical Fitness

Test the Physical Fitness of your trainer. There are many different ways to get into great shape, and your coach should practice what he or she preaches. Your new personal trainer should be able to hit at least 60% of the benchmarks set here.

Diet Analysis

Finally, in Section IV we have an example diet from an anonymous client. Once fixing the problems with this client’s diet, we were able to cause this client to drop her body fat from 27% to 14% in 4 months. Section IV provides a copy of her past diet, and require the trainer to determine what needs to be fixed. Your new coach should get at least 80% on this section.


Foundational Mobility Questions that any Coach Should Know