Steve Gronick; A Top Calgary Personal Trainer
NINE SIGNS OF AN EXCEPTIONAL PERSONAL TRAINER
Before embarking on what will hopefully be one of the most exciting and interesting journeys of your life — the journey toward vitality — it is critical to have the very best people on your wellness team. A key member of this team is your personal trainer or fitness coach. Below are nine things to consider when selecting an exceptional trainer. Because “good” isn’t good enough!
- DO THEY WALK THE TALK?
Are they fit themselves? Do they eat properly, exercise and live the healthy lifestyle they preach to you?
- DO THEY HAVE A WELL-DEVELOPED, SYSTEMATIC INTAKE AND EVALUATION OF NEW CLIENTS?
Do they have a set process for helping your progress through to your objectives, or do they wing it and throw you into an exercise program? A trainer should start by learning your history and reasons for wanting to work with them. They should then assess your physical abilities and review how they will help you achieve your objectives.
- DO THEY LISTEN?
Are they listening to your wants, needs and concerns? Recording them? Do they talk about how they can move you toward your goals?
- ARE THEY WELL-EDUCATED?
Learning a broad and always-changing field like personal training in a three-day course is impossible, so research each trainer’s education. However, experience and self-motivated research are also important. Some great trainers have little formal training but have been in the field for years and have lots of experience. Ask about their education and experience.
- WILL THEY REFER YOU TO ANOTHER PROFESSIONAL IF YOUR ISSUES ARE OUT OF THEIR SCOPE?
Humility is important. Are they willing to admit they don’t know something, or do they try to BS around it? If they admit they don’t know, are they connected to qualified professionals who can help you, and are they willing to make the referral? This shows they are professional — and serious about helping you.
- DO THEY THINK BEYOND THE GYM?
Will they help you change your lifestyle, not just help you for the hour you’re with them? A good trainer will help you with issues outside of the gym, such as sleep, stress, nutrition and healthy habits.
- DO YOU HAVE A GOOD RAPPORT AND COMMUNICATION?
Do you get along well, feel comfortable with them and look forward to working with them? This is very important. If you don’t enjoy working with a trainer, you will not show up, be as dedicated, enjoy the process or get the best results. Remember, you are building a relationship.
- ARE THEY PROFESSIONAL WHEN WORKING WITH CLIENTS?
Are they on their cell phone, chatting with everyone but their client, not correcting form or technique, or using a cookie-cutter approach for every client?
- DO THEY FOCUS ON YOU?
From the start, your trainer should take the time to understand your history and learn your objectives. They should constantly be assessing your abilities, focusing on your goals, keeping abreast of developments in the field and helping you accomplish your ultimate objective: feeling good about yourself.