Whilst the choice of a personal trainer ultimately comes down to personal preference, our discussion below surrounds what we feel are the most important things to look for in a personal trainer.
You must be able trust your trainer. Trust is difficult to gain, but so easy to lose.
For example, if your personal trainer isn’t doing what they said they would do; or comments negatively about other clients, gyms or trainers; then you have to ask yourself what the trainer is saying about you, behind your back.
In addition, a trainer must also practice confidentiality. Due to the close nature of the relationship, often private details are shared between a client and a personal trainer.
It is important that your trainer displays a professional approach at all times.
Even if your trainer has been training you for an extended period of time, a trainer should still remain professional. To be placed in unprofessional situations just makes a relationship awkward and unsustainable.
A good personal trainer will be capable of professionally complementing his/her clients when such praise is due.
3. Training credentials
Your personal trainer must have the required and relevant education, and/or experience.
Research your potential trainer before engaging them. A good personal trainer will keep their skills fresh and on display.
All clients like to develop and gain fast results. However, in reality, achieving your goals will always take more time than expected.
Hence, patience is required by a personal trainer. After all, it is a long journey that the trainer is about to embark on with you.
5. Communication Skills
If your personal trainer possesses good communication skills, this can help a client break through barriers.
As a client, you will face barriers that need crossing in order to achieve your goals. These barriers may present themselves as either physical, or mental challenges.