How To Find A Trainer?

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I get asked a lot about how to find a good trainer or coach.

Here’s a handy checklist:

1. They’re not into fads or the latest trends. If they are literally jumping from crossfit, to power lifting, to juggling knifes on a BOSU ball, look elsewhere.

2. They test key areas regularly. Flexibility, strength, and body composition should be tested. If you’re not assessing you’re guessing. They should have data on your improvements month to month and be results focused.

3. They show interest in you and they’re attentive. If your trainer is checking their phone, checking themselves out in the mirror or swiping right on Tinder, fire them. [Trust me, this happens.]

4. They need to be up skilling and learning. If you’re not growing, you’re dying. Your coach should be attending workshops and internships throughout the year and always perfecting their craft.

5. They should not be using you as a counsellor. I’ve overhead so many trainers using their client as a psychologist and they’ve spent the entire session talking about problems with their life. The session is about YOU, and not their dysfunctional relationship.

6. They need to walk the walk and look healthy. More importantly, they need to “be” healthy. They need to embody a healthy mind and body so that they can pass it on.

7. They need to focus on improvements instead of “smashing you” every session. Any moron can make somebody exhausted in a session… What’s more difficult is making someone better.