When you make the decision to change your life and become fit, one of the first steps you may well take is to find yourself a personal trainer. Not just anyone will do though, as many people are able to advertise themselves as personal trainers without any specific qualifications or accreditation. However there are some tell-tale signs that a PT is worth their salt, and here are ten of them.
Easily the most vital of all the factors is that the trainer ought to be knowledgeable. Knowing how to exercise in a safe and effective manner is very important, but knowledge around nutritional advice is also high in the list. A good Trainer will know the difference between exercise and dieting fads, and systems that have been proven to work. A certification is certainly useful, and they should keep up-to-date with advancements in the field of fitness.
Secondly, a PT needs to be reliable. At the very least they should treat your time with respect, given that you are paying for their time, so they ought to show up on time and be ready to get into work. But reliability can also mean dependability, so you ought to be able to trust them.
Confidentiality is also important in that respect. You should feel about your trainer as you would about the doctor – that they won’t share your details or case with anyone else, and will treat you with the due respect. The trainer is not only someone to count your steps and time your movements but should also be able to help you to make a change in your life, and as such you need to feel comfortable with them.
Another element of a good trainer is that they’re friendly – they ought to be a people person who is able to get on with other people from many other walks of life. They also need to be good at listening to their clients and taking feedback in order to perfect the routine. An excellent quality personal trainer will be able to talk to most people.
Your trainer should also be a role model for you and their other clients. There would be no sense in hiring a trainer in worse shape than yourself – they ought to set an example in their fitness and their diet that clients can follow. This shows they are dedicated to the job and the ideologies behind it.
Safety should be of utmost important to a personal trainer. They should ask for your medical information before you even begin exercising, set up some tasks to assess your current level of fitness, and coach you on how to use gym equipment safely.
As a role model, the personal trainer should be well-organised and set an example for the maintaining of exercise logs. This is the best way for clients to set their own fitness targets, and teaches them how to do so in a natural way.
A trainer should also, while showing their client what to do, encourage them into self-reliability. Hiring a personal trainer is not a long term solution, and instead there should be an eventual point where you no longer need them and can move on to work by yourself. If a trainer ever says it could be an indefinite amount of time working with them, you should try to find someone else who will utilise your motivation to keep you going far after you’ve finished paying them.
Appearance is less important, but can still be a factor. Obviously the clothes worn should be suitable for exercise, but preferably staying away from makeup or revealing clothing. A good personal trainer won’t care what they look like, as the focus here is on you.
Enthusiasm and a positive attitude are really important factors as this is what will keep you going. In terms of motivation, nothing comes close to being as driving as a great attitude. If they’re excited to exercise, you will be too! Sense of humour is also a nice one – unless you’re completely focussed on unwavering, dedicated training – that can help sessions go quicker and make you more likely to want to go.
Hopefully now you will have a better idea of what constitutes a good personal trainer, and if you can find someone to fit all these categories you will be in for a winner!