I recently came across this question that I thought was worth answering in a blog post for anyone who might be looking for a personal trainer. How do you know who will be the right fit for you?
Here are four qualities I would want in a personal trainer:
- Listens to my (realistic) goals and is willing to tailor a program appropriately. I want a trainer who cares about what I want and is willing to work with me to reach those goals. I’ve said it before on the blog, but I’ve encountered trainers who assume my goal is weight loss. I’m not sure why. Because I’m a woman? Because I’m not lean enough to step on a bodybuilding stage tomorrow? I don’t want a trainer who gives me a cookie-cutter plan for weight loss without even listening to my goals. I do want a trainer who asks me what results I’m trying to get from training, what I think my strengths and weaknesses are, and how much effort I’m realistically willing to put into training.
- Has success in training athletes with similar goals. If my goals are to improve my strength for squat, bench and deadlift, I want to hear about your clients that trained for their first powerlifting meet or improved their squat from switching from high bar to low bar.
- Teaches me to succeed on my own. I won’t be doing every single workout with my trainer, and I think that’s true for most people. I want my trainer to give me the tools to train independently, whether that’s a daily plan or information to structure my own workouts.
- Makes time for me. It’s comforting when a trainer remembers me without having to consult a piece of paper from our last session. I want to be able to text questions to my trainer and receive a response. I want to feel like my trainer is invested in my training and I’m not just a piece of the paycheck who is forgotten the minute I leave the gym.
What qualities do you look for in a trainer?