Hi Thomas. How the trainer looks would be pretty far down on the list as far as I’m concerned. While I think it’s important that the trainer “practice what he or she preaches,” they need not look like a body-builder in order to be good or know their stuff! As you know, “true fitness,” is a combination of several components and having “the look” (which is most closely aligned with only one of those components) may not be the best way to choose. I’m always reminded of one of the most renowned trainers of heavy weight fighters who himself was pretty slight, and definitely NOT a heavyweight. Yet, it was his MIND, his knowledge that set him apart from others. So, for me, TOPS on my list would be their knowledge, after all how my trainer looks WON’T really help me as a client, but what my trainer KNOWS will!
I hope that this helps.
I am part Native American and Im so glad to hear you are focused on that sector of fitness! I would add to the following qualifications:
3) Applicable/Practical Skills
4) Communication/Language Skills
5) References of past and current clients
6) Schedule a one on one Training Session/s and evaluate their performance
8) Programming Skills
I hope this helps and wishing you Great Success!
@ Danielle, @Elizabeth, @Joanne. Great answers! With me while working within the Native American communities and tribes. Encouragement is the biggest asset i can bring. We as trainers here know about the human body and how it works to get the best results. But, it’s also great to put yourself in their shoes and see how they see us. Human or robot? So thankful for what you all do with in your community and with your clients they are lucky.