What Makes a Good Personal Trainer?
Becoming a personal trainer is one of the best career moves you can make in life. It means working for yourself, defining your own hours and helping to change lives for the better. However, it’s an industry that rewards the best and thrives on competition.
As such, being merely okay at your job isn’t quite good enough. For every client, there are scores of personal trainers that would happily take their business and help them achieve their goals.
Of course, as a personal trainer, you most likely thrive from competition, but what makes a good personal trainer? Here’s what we think:
Working with clients, you find that the hunger for visible results means that patience runs thin rather quickly with your clients. It’s only natural that your client wants to see change as soon as possible, but it’s your job to introduce patience to proceedings.
A good personal trainer knows that gradual, sustainable improvement is what you should be shooting for. Stress the importance of building up a base level of fitness before shooting for the stars and in the long run, both you and your client will be a lot happier.
Personal training is about people, first and foremost. Whoever you’re training, you need to understand their goals, aspirations and desires. It’s essential to how you’ll train them, how well they’ll take to certain types of training and how motivated they’ll be in the weeks and months to come.
By loading up a client with exercises to improve what you think they should want, you’ll isolate the client and leave them feeling disconnected from their training.
- Technical knowledge
Now, we’re not talking about being au fait with the latest fitness fads, we’re merely talking about developing a rock solid understanding of the fundamentals of fitness.
Practising and studying the essential, traditional, basic movement patterns remains the best for helping clients tone up, improve cardio, get more conditioned, bulk up, lean out, look better naked or whatever else their dream might be.
Any good personal trainer will tell you that flexibility is an essential part of the job. Whether that’s the flexibility to alter a fitness plan that isn’t working, or the flexibility to adjust to a client’s new schedule, it’s a fundamental element to your plan.
Rigidity isn’t something that pairs well with the personal training industry, so keep yourself flexible – it’s all about problem solving.
As a personal trainer, you’re going to be the main energy force in your relationships with clients. They might be tired from work, or simply worn out from the process of gradual improvement. In these moments, your drive and ambition are going to be what keeps clients involved and moving towards their goals.
Your drive should also see you constantly adapting and evolving to the world around you. The personal trainer who gives up learning is the personal trainer who falls behind the curve, don’t let that be you – stay driven.
So if you think you have what it takes to become a personal trainer start your journey with us today!