Contrary to popular belief, the most physically fit trainer at a gym doesn’t necessarily make them the best trainer at the gym.
There are a few key things to consider when in search for a personal trainer:
- Knowledge of the body and movement
- Personal appearance
Ever hear someone give vague recommendations such as “you could do this or that” or you hear that hesitation in their voice that tells you they’re not quite sure the right move?
If you’re like me, when looking for direct guidance, it can be very troublesome if the trainer doesn’t seem confident with their service. You do not want a capable professional to have hesitation with training you; otherwise you wouldn’t be looking for a trainer in the first place.
Knowledge of the Body and Movement
An individual with a weak understanding of basic anatomy and kinesiology (human movement) can potentially lead you down a wrong/dangerous path.
A trainer should understand that people have different anatomies and shapes to their bones which may dictate their specific range of movement allowances. If you force someone into a certain position that their body’s not designed to do efficiently, now you have to fear their physical and structural health: aka risk of injury increases.
Unless you’re looking for a trainer to be rude, demeaning, volatile, or even pushy, it would be in your best interest to make sure they meet your temperament requirements.
If you’re unsure, ask for recommendations around the gym from people you trust, sit in on group class they coach/instruct, or possibly see if they’re interested in letting you observe a personal training session they conduct with another client/member. Also make sure to ask many questions about what they offer when you meet with them.
Lastly, your trainer should appear as though they know how to take care of themselves before they take care of you. You do not need to find the most “buff” trainer at the gym, but they should appear fit and healthy bare minimum.
This plays into your confidence with them. If they appear slovenly, all their knowledge in the world won’t make a difference if you don’t trust them.
At the end of the day, fit doesn’t equal competent and competent doesn’t equal right for you!