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Evaluating Personal Trainers

You won’t like me when I’m angry, because I always back up my rage with facts and documented sources.

Aside from the obvious reasons to hire an Independent Personal Trainer, credibility should be one of the defining measures today.  It would be a mistake to ignore what I’ve learned over the years about how important it is to check their background and references.  Evaluating Personal Trainers: what else to look for

Evaluating Personal Trainers

3 Less Obvious Traits to Consider

Intelligence:  Although you probably wont ask for an IQ score, it is important to have an idea of the personal trainers general intelligence (including analytical, verbal, mathematical and logical reasoning).  Look at the trainer and consider the big picture of educational background, certifications, prior job experiences and responses to your questions.  Nobody needs to be a genius to be a Personal Trainer. However, you should still look for one clever enough for all your requirements for heaven’s sake, because their general intelligence isn’t going to increase over the short time you’ll spend with them in sessions. No amount of badass gym knowledge can compensate for a trainers inability to communicate effectively, back up methods with actual facts or make relevant small talk in-between sets.

Values:  Values are critical, if overlooked they can lead to a complete nightmare.  Ask a lot of questions before you commit to training and do reference checks not only to weigh the essentials such as honesty and integrity, but also to discover if the personal trainer shares your personal core values.

Personal Training Works 7 Core Values:  Integrity, Honesty, Respect, Compassion, Enthusiasm, Determination and Punctuality.

Leadership Abilities:  The best Personal Trainers share common ground leadership traits.  While each Trainer brings their own past experience, preferences and abilities to the table, each clients needs are different.  The best trainers have multi-faceted abilities.  Here are a few…

  • StrategicThe capacity to see the big picture, remain focused and stay on task.
  • Results OrientedA commitment to getting you the results you’re after.
  • Client FocusedA passion for serving the customer.
  • Networking and Influence The ability to work with peers or partners, including those not in command.
  • Mental Dynamic FlexibilityThe ability to change gears (progress or regress) and align training sessions around changing circumstances and/or goals.
  • ResourcefulnessA set framework of other training resources that can be referenced when needed.

Some Personal Trainers clearly don’t love what they do, you (the client) are just a paycheck to them.  Find a Trainer that wants to focus on you, your form and your goals.

Is you trainer up to par?

Have you had any past nightmare experiences with a Personal Trainer?

Do you have any other (not so obvious) traits to add?  Share them in comments below.