How to find the best personal trainer?
Hiring a personal trainer can be one of the best investments you’ll make in your health. But gyms seem to be crawling with them. So how do you find the one for you? Here are five things every great trainer should have.
Of course, like most industries, being qualified is a no-brainer. But take a closer look at what exactly your potential trainer is qualified in. Further, every trainer worth his or her salt will up-skill and broaden their qualifications, not just because it’s a legal requirement, but because it’s their business and hopefully their passion.
They walk the walk
Look around your gym at the personal trainers – you’ll learn so much from the way they operate. How do they present themselves? A good trainer will lead by example. They don’t have to look like a body-builder – in fact, most won’t because that’s not their goal. How buff you are is definitely not a sign of how good you are as a coach. However, trainers do need to be fit, healthy and clean. If someone has trouble getting themself into shape, how can they inspire you to do it?
A likeable and friendly personality
At the end of the day, you actually have to like your trainer – and vice versa. This person is responsible for motivating you when you’d rather be in bed or at the pub. They could have all the qualifications under the sun, but if you don’t actually like them as a human being, your sessions will feel lifetimes long. Rapport is just as important to personal training as the workout itself and great coaches care about their clients. They know your birthday, ask about your life outside the gym, check in on you regularly and sometimes even shout you coffee.