Happy New Year everyone! I can’t believe this is my first blog post for the year but it’s been great to have some down time to both rest and reflect on where I want to take Eat Pray Workout in 2018. One of the decisions I made was to become a personal trainer this year, so it’s back to study (despite swearing after 7 years of studying law and politics that I would never go back!). I love everything health (as you can probably guess) and I really think this will help me serve my #EPWtribe (you) better, so it seemed like the right decision. Before I embarked on those studies though I wanted to note down what I think makes a good personal trainer from the clients perspective, so that I can reflect on it when it’s me coaching and make sure that I am giving my clients the best I can. If you’re a personal trainer, I hope this list helps you and if you’re a client, I would love to see if there’s anything I’ve missed that you think makes a good trainer – let me know by commenting below to add it to the list.
The top 10 things that I think make a good personal trainer from the client’s perspective
A good trainer:
- Does the exercise with you unless they are checking technique. If they give a hard work out, they need to be fit enough to complete it and teach it at the same time – that is FAR more inspiring.
- Checks and correct technique to avoid client’s injury.
- Makes it fun, have a laugh and make jokes when you’re training with your clients. Training with a trainer should be something you love and look forward to.
- Encourages and motivates people by their name, particularly in group training. If you’re being singled out it’s much more motivating if the trainer knows your name.
- Knows the client’s limits and push them or equip them with options of how they can push them.
- Knows when the client needs a low impact option (eg. injury, pregnancy, age, fitness level) and how to modify the exercise.
- Always smiles!
- If teaching a group constantly reminds of the relevant technique tips like ‘T-zone on’, ‘belly to back’ or ‘shoulders back and down’ – things that are easy to forget when you’re tired.
- Checks in on how a client is progressing with their training – do they need to be pushed more? Are they recovering ok? How could they be better supported?
- Considers more than just the physical fitness side of health but looks to general mental wellbeing and nutrition and knows the limit for when the client needs to see a specialist (dietitian, psychologist etc) in these areas.
Is there anything you would add to this list? I would LOVE to know, especially before I begin my course, so that I can always serve you well. Let me know in the comments below!