Take it personally
There are some REALLY bad personal trainers out there. Conversely, there are some AMAZING trainers out there, and they can be the missing link between you and sustainable, consistent progress (or even an elite level of athletic performance). To me, my personal trainer is super important.
Not Just A Trainer
First of all, you spend at least an hour per week with him. And what kind of an hour? Your own personal time. Where you get away, you switch off and your batteries are working just for your body. He/she needs to be the type of person who can turn into your buddy, your therapist, your boss. Anytime! Oh – be careful though not to miss the point…
Expertise Is The Key
Make sure your trainer has expertise in the area you want to train in. Expertise in one area does not necessarily make them a good fit in another! We are not perfect – so are trainers! Each of them has a specification. Ask yourself first “what do I want from my work out?”. Make a bullet list and then try to scan each trainer through this.
They Are What They Look
They SHOULD practice what they preach. They don’t have to be an Olympian but should have a healthy lifestyle. If you have the same gender, look at their body – do you like the way they have built it? Could you identify? If you have different genders then check his wife/partner (it sounds creepy but its true!), look if you aesthetically like his/her posture, body, skin.
It’s About The Style
When it comes to client-coach compatibility, personality and training style are crucial. Consider your own learning style first. If you’re someone who picks up a movement by having it broken down into its smallest components and demonstrated repeatedly, be sure to choose a trainer who is interested in the detail of the exercise and has the patience to go through the details.
This is a subtle — yet critical — point of differentiation because it can end up making or breaking your experience. How does the trainer develop his program, and on what beliefs will it be based? Ask about their philosophy and see if it makes sense for your goals and preferences.
When it comes to me? I get bored easily plus I want to work out all aspects of my body. So I practice different workouts with different trainers. I love, adore, can’t live without my trainers. It didn’t come easily though – I’ve spent years of looking around until I found my lucky ones.
Any recommendations? Let me know!