Being a personal trainer is both a rewarding and challenging job.
The relationship personal trainers have with their clients can be one of the most gratifying connections around. As a trainer I want my clients to not only respect me, but know that I am there to listen as well.
Here are 6 qualities to keep in mind as a personal trainer or when searching for one:
1. Be Professional
Many of my current and past clients have hired me because they studied how I trained other individuals before they decided to work with me. Training others is one of the best ways to “sell yourself” as a trainer. I’m horrible at pushing sales, so I let my sessions with clients be my form of advertisement. So, make sure you always presenting the best version of you.
2. Be Present
It goes without saying that you should pay attention to your client. He/She is your primary focus for that 30-60 minute period. Be invested and do your job by analyzing exercise form and stating cues when necessary.
3. Realistic Expectations
I love seeing clients accomplish feats they never thought possible. But, it is a gradual build to that point. Once my clients have demonstrated a certain amount of strength and stamina, then I can begin pushing the envelope in a safe manner.
4. Practice What You Preach
I would never ask my client to do something I couldn’t do or haven’t tried. I’m speaking from a technique standpoint here. If I wasn’t confident in my ability to teach and perform kettlebell exercises or lifts like squats and dead lifts, I would never ask my clients to do them! To clarify, I have had clients that can lift more than me, but I still hammer them on form!
5. Demand Effort
You can control your effort in your workouts and in life. It may look different from day to day. But, whatever 100% may look like on any given day, give it. That is all I ask from my clients during a session: work hard. Don’t waste my time, and I surely won’t waste yours (cue devilish laugh).
6. Be a Mentor
A trainer is paid for the time he/she is training a client in that session. However, training and coaching is a more than just that weekly session. I share texts, helpful articles, useful applications, and motivating messages with my clients throughout the week. I don’t spend an inordinate amount of time on it, but if something reminds me of a client or is a resource they could benefit from, I like sharing it.
Are you are a personal trainer? What advice do you have for other trainers?
Have you ever worked with a trainer? If so, why did you decide on that particular trainer.