I get this question a lot. How you should choose your Personal Trainer or Fitness Coach. On the surface it seems like the choice should come down to basic convenience and a lot of prospective clients do choose on that, however they could be doing themselves a disservice in choosing their Fitness Coach that way and here’s why:
NOT ALL PERSONAL TRAINERS/FITNESS COACHES ARE CREATED EQUAL
Many Personal Trainers and Fitness Coaches lack the experience in dealing with a wide range of special populations like dealing with individuals with injuries or post surgery or even extremely deconditioned. Often if you are working with a Personal Trainer or Fitness Coach with less than 5 years of experience then you will really want to ask detailed questions about which type of clients the Trainer or Coach has trained and even possibly ask to contact a client to see what their experience was like working with the individual, or if you don’t have the stomach for that, ask for a testimonial from a previous client that verifies their abilities.
Also unfortunately not all Personal Trainer certifications are equally as acceptable as a general rule in the industry also. You want to look for a Personal Trainer who has a certification from an organization recognized by the N.C.C.A. (Institute for Credentialing Excellence).
MASTER TRAINERS YOU ARE NOT
How long have you been in your job? Would you consider yourself a master salesperson or graphic designer or nurse with less than 10 years experience. Of course not, many Personal Trainers consider themselves to be “Master Trainers” after only 8-9 years of actual experience. As a general rule of mastery, it takes 40,000 hours to master anything. Your Master Trainers have typically been in the industry for 15 years and up. They can work with a variety of clients and have probably already done so. Credentialing only doesn’t make a person a Master Trainer, time, experience and actual hours mastering your craft does.
I LIKE YOU…..SORT OF
Let’s not dispel one of the biggest factors in choosing your Fitness Coach. P-E-R-S-O-N-A-L-I-T-Y, say it with me now…personality. You have got to like the person who you will be most likely seeing multiple times per week for the foreseeable future. Eventually you will get to know your new Fitness Coach or Personal Trainer as closely as you know a good friend. You need to like your Trainer/Coach and you should click with them. I’m not saying you should be best friends, but being with your Trainer/Coach should be one of the best parts of your day. You also want to make sure that as you embark on one of life’s hardest journey’s (changing bad habits), you choose a partner who will support you and distract you from the journey and help you face difficulties with competence and class.
So here you have it, don’t just jump right in UNTIL, you’ve applied this blog. Or you can call us at Next Level Fitness & Wellness 😉 we’ll take great care of you. Here’s to your success.