Having taken a few swings at personal trainers in previous posts, I have prepared this top 10 list to support the growing legion of exceptional trainers out there!….
10. Knowledgeable- Up to date with current exercise research
Any trainer that cares about their client will at least read about changes to their craft. Whether they get their information from published research or an online source is really inconsequential…the point is they care enough to continue learning!
9. Fit – They have a great physique
I have only ever taken advice from people that I feel are living their message. This is extremely important in anything we do. I wouldn’t trust a hockey coach who has never played the game, nor would I be motivated by a trainer that doesn’t look the part.
8. Effective Communicator
All great leaders know how to communicate. The skill to provide context and meaning when teaching a person to train properly is an amazing asset. Think back to the teachers/mentors in your life who were able to fill your mind with useful knowledge effortlessly. They are great communicators and know how to convey a message, thus have the ability to empower us!
7. Great Listener
Some people just don’t listen. The desire to be heard is so great that people prefer to be around others who are willing to listen to them (not judge, interrupt, or solve their problem immediately). Most trainers spend a lot of time talking, but they would be better off heeding the advice of this old Chinese proverb.
To listen well, is as powerful a means of influence as to talk well, and is as essential to all true conversation
6. Insist their clients follow some type of nutrition plan
Any trainer that truly wants you to succeed will at least ask you about your diet. If a trainer thinks that a one hour boot camp is all that is required to achieve sustainable results. they are out of touch with reality. Nutrition is essential to a solid body transformation plan, and if a trainer doesn’t want to discuss it, turn the other way…….
5. Understand the Importance of Cardio
Most personal trainers I see are pumping core work like it is going out of style. They are teaching stomach flattening exercises that are much more creative than they are effective. It’s amazing how quick certain exercises fall out of favour with the general public. Good ol’ fashioned cardio is still great! New forms of cardio, specifically High Intensity Interval Training are the way to go, and should be a part of any plan.
4. Giving – Give clients the tools to succeed on their own
If your personal trainer is really indispensable then they won’t mind sharing their secrets with you. A trainer with a give first attitude is worth keeping!
3. Patient – Take time to goal set with the client (listening, not telling)
A good teacher always works with a goal in mind. If a trainer doesn’t take the time to set goals with their client, then they are not worth the money!
2. Flexible – Never force clients to see them for a minimum number of times per week
Great trainers should be able to have complete flexibility in terms of training schedules. If that means providing clients with at home workouts to supplement their one on one training sessions then that’s what they will do.
1. Humble – Never lead clients to believe that their method is the only way to can get results. (If somebody ever claims that, just turn the other way)
Some trainers actually believe that they have a secret that nobody else knows. This simply is not true. Great trainers realize that everyone has access to great information, and if they are smart will add value to those resources.
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