While I may be a bit cocky, I consider myself very far beyond being a personal trainer. As I hope anyone who has been in the fitness industry for more than a couple of years would be.
But a personal trainer to me is a fitness instructor who takes each individual client under their direction and care as part of the client’s healthcare team. The trainer evaluates the client and listens to the client on so many levels. Then begins the process (an endless process) of designing and implementing a program for the client. Ever bit as important is that the trainer be a teacher and a role model.
As I think of the question and answer, I realize that there is no short answer. The answer is like a living thing that grows and matures just like each one of us do in life.
In addition to the above answers, a Personal Trainer for me is the Trainer who does not look or treat the client as another number or dollar sign. Once we take the responsibility to train someone, then we are accepting the responsibility to help this person the best way we can, because these people have turned to us to help them improve their lives and their overall healthy living standard. If you don’t care about the person and their personal struggle to overcome some issues so they can improve their life, then it will be very difficult to understand where they come from and eventually help them.
I think of myself as part coach part therapist part trainer all rolled into one.
A personal trainer is a person who is able to see the big picture, is able to adapt, encourage, challenge, maintain professionalism at all times, have a safe workout provided each time and respect the clients time and money. A personal trainer is providing a service which needs to be implementd properly.
A personal trainer should be educated and certified and constantly open to the power of new concepts, ideas, methods and techniques. A personal trainer must be able to execute a well rounded workout designed specifically for that one unique client.