Hi David. For me personally, I believe that I really and truly “care” about making a difference for each person that I come into contact with everyday. If I feel that someone else would be better at helping someone, I refer them to that person. If the person needs to sort out issues with their physician, I try my best to get them to go to their doctor. I need to make a living, but I won’t take on a new client just to make money.
There are as many valid answers to this question as there are trainers.
For me, the thing that makes me a good trainer is that I have a mission statement for what my fitness gifts are. Every class, every client, every workout I plan fits within that mission. This consistency lets people get to know who I am, how I approach training, and what my approach can do for them.
I don’t teach a class unless I love it. I don’t train a client unless I like them and feel like I can help them. In this way, we bring the best out of each other.
All great answers. I think that the most important element is that you share your commitment to a fitness lifestyle with any and all potential clients. “You practice what you preach.” If your clients see that what you teach them is how you live, they’ll be much more likely to accept your guidance and suggestions.
That is a good question and definitely a fair one to ask of any fitness professional. I would have to agree with all those that have responded to your question prior to my answer. Education, professionalism, patience, “practicing what you preach”, and experience all are important and create the essential background for a good personal trainer. In addition to all those elements, I believe what makes a personal trainer effective to you is the skill of listening. I feel that anyone can achieve all those prior elements I have mentioned, but listening to a client’s needs and goals is what will determine the right personal trainer for you. Listening to the client’s goals, needs, and limitations and having the ability to apply a trainer’s knowledge, skills, and experience to a personal customized program for you makes a good personal trainer for that client. My advice to you is before committing to that personal trainer make sure you research the trainer’s background(education/certification and experience) as well as making sure that trainer is listening to you. Meet with that trainer prior to training and discuss your goals and limitations with them. Before you decide that’s the trainer for you; have the trainer paraphrase your goals and limitations back to you so that you know you are both on the same page before training. Good luck to you.
Hello David Lackey,
Doing everything out of love, communication, and knowing that the client is boss, makes for a good personal trainer. Also, realizing my strengths with my limitations and that not all business is good business; right along with the passion and attributes already mentioned. There are many factors which build the necessary rapport to work closely with people. I personally strive to do better than good; I work and study to be the best possible personal trainer so as to keep everyone safe and healthy.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.