WHAT SHOULD YOU LOOK FOR IN A TRAINER?
Considering to work with a trainer can be a big step in your fitness journey.
#1 - Are they the right fit? Are they aligned to helping you attain your goals?
Finding someone you can relate to and them you is important. For example, I train a lot of corporate clients. I relate to them as I worked corporately for 25 years, so I understand long days of meetings and the stressors that come with it.
#2 - Do they have credentials? Are they certified by any companies like NASM, ACE, ISSA?
Certified trainers must follow etiquette and guidelines which should be bring a more professional trainer.
#3 - Are they continuing their education and learning how to bring more expertise to help you achieve your goals.
Becoming certified is simply the first step. Continuing their education is critical to bringing in more experience to the position.
#4 - Are they insured? Do they provide Legal Waivers and agreements?
Trainers, if training privately, must carry liability insurance. They should also provide a legal waiver and client agreement for that spells out their policies (refunds, late fees, etc)
#5 - Are they good listeners? Do they communicate well? And most importantly, do they understand you and your goals?
A good qualified instructor will listen to you and your goals and ask clarifying questions to help refine and sharpen those goals.
#6 - Are they reliable? Do they show up on time and ready to train you? Do they have a program ready for you? Are they present when they are training you or on are they constantly checking their phones or talking with others in the gym?
A trainer should have a consistent communication strategy in place. A trainer should be completely present during your workouts. You are paying for their time, so this is your session and they should completely focused on you.
#7 - What is their training network like? Do they have a network of other experts to call or confer if you need additional assistance (nutrition program, physical therapy, Orthopedic doc?)
All of this adds to the value of your program. A personal trainer is not an expert across all areas of health and wellness, so they need to build out a network of professionals that they can refer you to or consult with as needed.
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