Kids personal trainers – what you should know

Kids personal trainers – what you should know
Kids personal trainers are fast becoming very popular and it’s not surprising given that we’re living in a world where childhood obesity and juvenile type 2 diabetes rates are on the rise. In fact, in 2014/15 a survey found that 1 in 9 children in New Zealand, aged between 2 and 14 years old, are obese and a further 22% of the kids surveyed are overweight.

Diet and exercise are very important factors for preventing and managing obesity and conditions such as type 2 diabetes, which is why a personal trainer may be able to provide the education kids need.

If your kids don’t like team sports – perhaps it’s time to consider hiring a personal trainer.

Before you choose a trainer

If you’re choosing a personal trainer for your child, ensure the trainer is certified and nationally recognised – or has a degree in a fitness or exercise related field. They should also have experience working with young people – from children through to teenagers. You may want to check they have completed a working with children check before you hire them.

Professional personal trainers for kids will also have an emergency procedure in place if anything is to go wrong, a first aid certificate and know CPR. They will likely produce a waiver for the parent or carer (and sometimes also the child) to sign in the case of negligence.

Once you choose a trainer

Personal trainers for kids evaluate the child’s needs and fitness levels before working with them to set goals they may be able to achieve together. They will cover things such as diet, suitable exercises, general health information and have the necessary skills to help your child meet and exceed their goals. Remember – the child is the client, even if you pay for the trainer, so their needs will always come first.


Now you’re probably wondering where you can find one. Search kids personal trainer on the CanadianFitnessandHealth directory.