8 Qualities of a Great Trainer

8 Qualities of a Great Trainer

It’s pretty often that I come across people who say that they’re mentally working towards the idea of beginning a training program with a personal trainer, either through their gym or through their own contacts. Well, just like any other service you pay for, you want to make sure you're getting the best bang for your buck while staying safe and strategic. So, after making that final decision to begin a new lifestyle, how will you know who your best PT candidate is?

We usually feel more comfortable when we’re referred to a service by someone we know or trust. Ask around for recommendations, but when you do, keep in mind what your goals are so that you can find someone who can support you with reaching these specific objectives. Your goals could be related to weight loss, muscle and strength gain, fat loss or even performance enhancement for an event or competition. 

After you’ve found someone who you think could be a fit, ask for an introductory session before committing to any packages. Personal training can be costly, but also invaluable. At the end of the day, it’s all about what your priorities are for your life. Sometimes these introductory sessions are short and complimentary, sometimes they’re a full hour and there is a fee – either way, test out your fitness professional before tying the knot so that you know exactly what you’re undertaking. 

Below are a list of qualities that you can look for in this professional.  There are tons of personal trainers out there to choose from, but if you’re going to do it, do it right and look for quality.

  1. Curious, they ask lots of questions. This not only applies to the assessment (prior to working together), but also pre-workouts and post-workouts. Questions surrounding external feedback, energy levels, nutrition, sleep and more.
  2. A good listener. He/she listens to your answers and applies everything you told them to your program. They know how you spend most of your day, what your eating habits are, your strengths and opportunities. Perhaps you have lower back pain or maybe you have a goal of increasing your lower body strength – whatever it may be, you will see in your workouts that he/she took whatever you told them into consideration.
  3. Observant. This trainer knows when not to push and when to pull you back in with understanding, empathy and a little rest. They have your back and you can trust that they’ll keep you safe.
  4. Knowledgeable, of course! Without question this trainer has a certain level of education and knows how to support you with achieving your specific goals. Ask them what degrees and/or certifications they have.
  5. Communicative. Communication skills are extremely important, not only when it comes to guiding and cueing through a workout, but also when goal setting and coordinating schedules. 
  6. Real. They keep it real by living and breathing the lifestyle - they walk the walk. You wouldn’t buy toothpaste from a salesman with decayed teeth, so why would you pay for a service from a trainer who doesn’t engage in everyday health and wellness self-improvement?  
  7. An educator. You will always know what you’re doing, why and how. And as your trainer continues their never-ending journey of education, they are constantly relaying information back to you.
  8. Committed & passionate. They are invested in your progression – physically and mentally. They want to know how you feel physically and how motivated you are mentally. He/she wants to support you with being your best self. They go above and beyond to hold you accountable and to help you feel supported. Their passion shines through their rhythm and energy because they love what they do.

Now, maybe this looks to you like a long list to consider when shopping for the right person to train you, but keep your standards high. There are some really amazing fitness professionals out there who can give you an incredible experience. If you have any question or would like more direction, email me or comment below!

Thanks for reading, peace! Coach P

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