Signs of a good personal trainer
A good personal trainer can bridge the gap between your success and failure. But how do you know if you found the right trainer?
We’ve recently written an article on how to spot a bad personal trainer. Now it’s time to focus on how to spot a good personal trainer.
If you’re new to the gym, or maybe you have experience but would like to take your progress to the next level, then hiring the right personal trainer is a good move. Unfortunately, finding one that works with you isn’t always as simple as it sounds – there are many important characteristics that you have to keep an eye out for.
We as individuals all have our own goals and needs. As a client, it’s your responsibility to do your due diligence and take time to find the right personal trainer for you. This can mean finding someone you connect with or someone who understands where you are trying to get. Not taking the time to screen the trainers you work with can result in mediocre results and a lot of wasted time. In that case, here are some signs that you found a good fit.
Your trainer explains and demonstrates each exercise and how it affects each the muscles
Whether you’re new or have some experience with working out, your trainer should still explain and show you how each exercise works before you perform it. This is important because it will set the foundation for your training programs. They will be able to spot any errors in form or if you might be missing a key component in the exercise. All of these play a major part in maximizing your results.
While it’s crucial to perform each exercise with the correct form, it’s equally important to understand how each muscle is affected by the exercises. Knowing how each exercise functions with the muscle will help give you a better understanding of why you are performing them. You know it’s a good sign when your personal trainer is thoroughly demonstrating each exercise through example.
Your Trainer Focuses On you
There are many distractions in today’s world. Everyone is always answering a text or checking their social media on their phones. If your personal trainer is constantly checking their phones, checking their email, or taking calls, making conversation with other people, then you know they are not focused on you.
A good personal trainer does not have their phones out, or talking to anyone else but you. They are focus solely on you and nothing else.
Your Trainer Asks You Important Questions
Before a personal trainer does provide any training or meal programs, it’s important to understand the limitations of the client. This means understanding their health issues and injury. Some people are allergic to certain types of food or their bodies just don’t react well to certain foods. The same goes with exercises, some people can’t perform a deadlift because of a back injury. These are all important questions to ask the client before moving forward with any type of training.
It’s also good for personal trainers to ask their clients questions throughout the workout. Questions such as “how does that feel?”, “is that too heavy? And “do you feel your muscles being worked with this exercise?”. These types of questions are essential because it provides positive feedback to your trainer. It lets them know that the client is comfortable and on track to move forward.
Open Line of Communication
This can be said for any industry, and especially for a personal trainer. There is a lot of information that is covered in a single session. Most of the time it can be overwhelming. Because of this many clients may forget or overlook many things.
Having an open line of communication whether it be via text, email, social media is an important part of your success.
You should be able to ask questions when not in a session. It could be about a particular meal or maybe one of your muscles is aching which may not seem normal.
This doesn’t mean blowing up your personal trainer’s phone. It just means you should be able to contact your personal trainer when a session is not in place. Allow an appropriate time for them to get back to you. We are all busy with our own lives and allowing up to 24-48 hours for a response is reasonable. Consider it a bonus if they are getting back to you sooner than that.
They have credentials
This may seem obvious, but make sure they are certified. Most personal trainers are certified through an organization known as NASM, ACE, or ACSM. This is a good starting point but not an end all be all. Anyone can pass and get their certifications but that doesn’t always make them a good trainer. It just means they have at least met the minimum requirements to be a personal trainer and have a background of knowledge in personal training.
A good trainer should be constantly pursuing more knowledge and staying on top of these trends.
A good personal trainer usually costs more, but for a premium price, you know you are getting what you pay for.
Other things to look out for are reviews or testimonials. That doesn’t mean that just because a trainer has no reviews means that they are bad. It just means that finding a trainer with excellent reviews will increase your chances of finding a good personal trainer fit for you.