Let’s face it; good personal trainers are extremely hard to come by! Even the average Joe can hop-on to his computer and become a certified fitness instructor these days, but it takes a skilled and dedicated individual to actually make an impact on a life!
But how will you find such a person? If only there was a match.com for seeking personal trainers.
Back in 2013, WebMD named being an “educated, certified, and experienced fitness professionals” as the number one hottest fitness trend for 2013, and based on the increasing number of fitness blogs, we’ve concluded that nothing much has changed since then. Of course, later down that same list is the option of hiring a personal trainer, but you know what they say: If you can’t be one, hire one! … or something like that.
With newly qualified trainers popping up everyday, you’d think America was on it’s way to getting in shape. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, personal training jobs are expected to increase 24% by the year 2020.
Sheesh! Maybe now we can make a dent in the obesity rate, eh?
Apparently this crazed trend has been going on for some time now, making it even harder for people like you to choose a qualified instructor to guide you down your road to re-imaging. Ridiculous, right? Don’t worry; we’re here to help.
So, what qualities does the ideal fitness instructor possess? This post could go on forever if we tried to name all of the positive traits you should look for in a trainer, so we’ve narrowed it down to just 7 of the most important ones.
Here are 7 qualities that every fitness trainer should have:
They actually know what they’re talking about.
No more wasting time doing meaningless exercises! You’re trainer knows exactly what makes your body tick; meaning he or she will be able to recommend exercises that target your core needs for improvement.
A trainer with a great physique is an indicator that your trainer may actually know what the heck they’re talking about; especially if they have before and after photos of their own transformation. I mean, think about it: Would you take fitness advice from someone with a beer belly? Of course you wouldn’t.
They know how to communicate.
No one want’s to be bossed around while they’re all sweaty and exhausted. A good trainer doesn’t just point at you from a distance and bark out orders while you’re putting in all of the work. If you’re unfortunate enough to get a “shouter” as a trainer, you’ll probably end up a) wanting to slap them, b) yelling back and starting a fight, or c) straight up walking-out.The choice is yours, my friend!
But seriously, the worst trainers in the world are the ones who constantly talk. Truly great trainers LISTEN, and we’re not just talking about listening during the workout; the best trainers listen to the feedback you give them afterwards, too!
Not to mention that your fitness instructor should also be in the loop as far as your personal life is concerned. Why? Because your everyday life choices play a vital role in your fitness regimen, silly.
Not just about fitness, but about your fitness. A passion for working out and a passion for coaching people isn’t exactly the same thing. What does that mean? You guessed it! Since they’re two different concepts, your ideal fitness instructor should be passionate about both. One-track minds are for runners only!
Being sexy, buff, or in-shape may make you passionate about fitness, but you’re still far from qualified to be someone’s trainer. Referencing our American history shows that helping others doesn’t exactly come natural to most people. For personal trainers, that’s a no-no. A real fitness instructor is even more excited than you are to experience your transformation!
What’s the point of asking a cross-country runner to perform max lifts when their primary goal is building endurance?
There isn’t one, but a lot of fitness instructors are guilty of forcing their own values onto their clients. Successful trainers can’t have egos; they just get in the way of getting the job done. Plus, taking direction from someone that’s too self-absorbed to focus on your needs probably won’t end up well. You’ll thank us later.
They’re Empathetic & Understanding
Of course you’d expect that the ultimate trainer push you to your limits in order to do your best, but you may have neglected the fact that you may need someone to cut you some slack from time to time.
When your exhausted, covered in sweat and down to what you think is your last breath, you’ll appreciate it when no one questions you when you think it’s time to take a break. Empathy is often the key in penetrating through that disconnect that can occur between trainer and client.
They Walk the Walk.
..or run the run in this case. If someone attempted to teach a class on maintaining a balanced vegetarian diet while they were holding a ½ pound turkey leg in their hand, how effective do you think they would be? Not very.
Trainers destroy their credibility when they don’t practice what they preach. Generally speaking, you can’t expect people to take you seriously if you can’t take your own advice; especially not when you’re being paid to provide the advice. I’m not saying personal trainers should be perfect, but having a personal trainer doesn’t just talk the talk will make your life a lot easier.
They educate their clients.
Remember all of the knowledge we mentioned earlier? A good trainer actually shares their expertise with the trainee instead of worrying that they’ll lose clients if they reveal too may fitness secrets.
Sounds like a scam to me! You are paying for this, right? Before you seal the deal with your new trainer, make sure they know a thing or two about anatomy and exercise selection. If your fitness instructor takes time to teach you how the body functions, you’ve got yourself a keeper.
They give homework assignments.
2 cheeseburgers + 6 donuts = how many sit-ups?
If fitness was Math, hard work + a balanced diet would equal a healthy lifestyle. Your life doesn’t revolve around being at the gym, and a good trainer understands that. Your trainer isn’t likely to be around when you eat, which is why the most popular task that trainers delegate to their clients is following a meal plan.
If your instructor is dedicated to your goals, they’ll test you by assigning things that you can do when they aren’t around. You’ll hate them for it at first, but it’ll all pay off in the long run.