What Are You Looking For in A Trainer?

In recent years it seems that there are more and more people looking toward Personal Training to make a living from. Some have become very good trainers and some, not so much.

Don’t get me wrong though. Although I have observed some non-professional behavior from new trainers I have also seen this from veteran trainers who are living off of their past achievements.

So in an effort to sort some things out, when you are shopping for a Personal Trainer I would like you to ask yourself this:

Does this person –

  • Have a degree or some kind of formal training in a health field
  • What is their experience with training?
  • Is this person easy to strike up a rapport with? This is important since your trainer can have a great effect on your goal achievements. It is much easier to take guidance from someone that you can make a connection with.
  • Is your trainer tentative to your needs? I have observed too many trainers in conversation with others while their clients are waiting for instructions. And waiting, and waiting, and waiting.
  • Is your trainer with you during your workout so that they can assist you with your form and answer any questions that come up “in the moment”?
  • While in discussion with your trainer is the conversation about them or you?
  • When you ask your trainer questions about certain movements are they able to tell you why you are doing what you are doing, and what effect each move has specifically on your body and fitness level?

What about you? Do you have any nightmare stories to tell about trainers that you have observed or even worked with? What are you looking for in a trainer?

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