I often am asked this question at my facility from members. I have a combination of 7 trainers on staff. Recently the owner hired a trainer with 15 years experience training, but no current certification. I only have 1 year experience but make it my goal to take advantage of every workshop or certification I find important to myself and my goals as a trainer.
I think it is very important to have a combination of both in a facility. I am only one of 2 full time trainers. The others all have a “real job” and train part time. So while we have experience here I am not able to take advantage and learn from these trainers, which is something I would love the opportunity to do so.
I think it is more important to ask questions such as; what does this individual trainer bring to my team, how well will they learn from the more experienced or how well will they motivate the less experienced, how serious are they about their career and helping others achieve goals, how willing are they to stay on top of trends/current information in the industry, if they have x number of years experience but are unwilling to get a certification why is that,why did they become a trainer, are they able to adapt to individual goals, and I guess from a client stand point the question that should be asked (in my opinion) is: How will this trainer help me achieve my goals? Do they have a special certification specific to my needs? Do they have years experience training a specific group? How many people would refer them? Are they going to push me?
Hello Keegan & Dawn Malloch,
Another thing to think about is how much income each will desire to earn.
I believe that having both in a gym would balance each other out with new ideas and experience.
Look at the diversity of trainers on IDEA…just as clients are individual, so are the personal trainers. Interviewing them will get you the answers I feel you are most in need to hear.
Hi Keegan and Dawn,
as I look at your profile, you own a personal training company that has several trainers, and I assume that your questions pertains to that scenario.
As the others have pointed out, if you look for a company-wide consistent approach to personal training, then you should hire a rather novice trainer who would probably willing to adapt to any personal training approach that you want to have adhered to. On one hand, that can be of benefit to a trainer because novices rarely have a ‘training philosophy’. On the other hand, you may stunt his/her growth because they become exchangeable cookie-cutter personal trainers. That, however, would not be your problem as the person running the company.
A trainer with more years of experience will likely already have a training approach. This is of value if your company philosophy is outlined in broader terms and if you have room for many different training philosophies as long as the customers are happy.
That would depend on if the either trainer was proactive with continuing his education.
I would hire a personal trainer who didn’t have a lot of experience over a personal trainer who has loads of experience if the trainer with less experience demonstrated dedication to his craft by continually growing and learning.
Years of experience don’t always translate into a trainer who is growing and adapting with the industry.
Take advantage of portals like IDEAFit to determine whether the trainer in question is current with scientific advancements in the field of exercise science and physiology and make your decision based upon knowledge and experience.
I agree with both Michael and Bryant. It depends why you want to hire a trainer. If you want someone to follow your philosophy and guide him/her the way you think fits best your company, then an inexperienced trainer might be a better choice. If you want someone who has a proven record and can bring new ideas and experience to your team and needs little or no supervision, then a trainer with more experience will be the way to go. With an experienced trainer you pretty much know what you are getting, but with an inexperienced trainer it can go both ways (more likely towards the unknown). You will have to devote more of your time to train and educate this trainer and then he/she will need to be supervised to make sure things are going the way you want. Getting an experienced trainer can help with the promotion of your club/business and you can take advantage of the experience and knowledge this trainer brings. There are pros and cons in both choices and it’s up to you to decide what is best for your business.