You may have read my other article that was about how to be a successful trainer. This article may sound similar but is much different.
In this article, you’ll learn precisely how to become a great trainer. One that gets your clients fantastic results in spreads the reputation of how great you are!
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This article is about how to be a competent personal trainer that gets your clients the best results in the shortest amount of time. The article on becoming a successful personal trainer (check out my article on how to become a trainer) is mostly about becoming financially successful within the industry.
In although making money is essential, we will not be able to make enough money if you do not get your clients the results that they desire. You need to be someone that is trusted within the industry to gain additional clients as well as charge a price that you would like.
You need to have great traits such as being knowledgeable and a great motivator to lift your clients to the highest point possible. In my article, I will be talking about four valuable points so that you can be a fantastic trainer! Let’s go over my article on how to be an excellent personal trainer!
First thing: you need to fix muscular imbalances!
Before your client can adequately progress through any strength training regimen, you need to pinpoint and correct any muscular imbalances that they may have through stretching and corrective exercise training.
These muscular imbalances have a higher chance of injuring them at some point if they are not appropriately treated. The last thing you want to do is hurt your client. Not only does it prevent them from progressing, but there’s also a good chance they will get worse because they may become more sedentary.
It is vital that they have the proper flexibility and strength to perform the exercises that you want. An excellent example for this would be the squatting exercise. If your clients hip extensors or hip flexors are too weak or strong this is something you should address before you have them perform squats.
You need to make sure that your client’s musculoskeletal system is balanced before throwing heavyweight at them! NASM is a great certification that focuses strongly on muscular imbalances and correcting them! Check out my list of the best personal training certifications.
Figure out what exercises and routines work best for your client
Everybody’s body responds differently to various exercise stressors. Once your client is neutral, without any muscular imbalances, it will be time for you to test different exercises and routines to see what fits them best.
I have known individuals that respond exceptionally well from barbell chest press exercises and others who respond better to dumbbell chest press exercises. Like I said above everyone is entirely different, so you need to keep on trying different things to see which ones your clients respond best to.
You need to make sure you ask your clients questions such as: how sore did you get? Did you like the motion of the exercise and were there any discomforts? Make sure you do not build a cookie-cutter workout for every single one of your clients.
If you do this, you will not be recognized as a good personal trainer! Every program should be individualized for optimal results! Yes, it will take some trial and error, but your clients will benefit greatly from this!
Be sure to track progress quantitatively for your client
This is something that I see lots of trainers overlook, and in the long run, it hurts their client’s motivation. There are other articles that I have talked about the importance of measuring and tracking results often, so I hope I am not repeating myself too much.
You need to make sure to measure your client’s circumference measurements(waist, hips, and arms, etc.), body fat percentage and weight at least every four weeks! Sometimes this is difficult because you need to find the time to be able to do these measurements.
These measurements should not take that long to do; you need to squeeze in approximately 5 minutes at the end of the session once a month. The only time you should not measure your client is if they feel too uncomfortable with doing it.
The reason you need to do this is that having your clients see the progress they have made since they started working with you. This is motivation for them to keep working with your as well as stick to their diet and exercise regimen.
If you are working with a client that is the opposite sex and they do not feel comfortable with you taking the measurements, always ask them if they would like a different trainer(of the same sex) to make the measurements.
Another option is to convince them to take measurements on their own, so they can keep track of their progress. An excellent way to keep track of exercise routines, as well as measurements, is to use software for personal training!
If you don’t like using software, then you should at least use a fantastic workout schedule template that is easy to print out.
You may not be a nutritionist, but you can still give great tips on a diet!
Most personal trainers are not dietitians or registered nutrition experts, but most have a reasonably good idea of how to eat healthy so that they can see optimum results. And although you may not be licensed to give advice, you can still provide general guidelines to your clients.
It may seem silly to tell your client to stop eating junk food and to start eating more fruits and vegetables. In all honesty, they probably already know that they should do that. The difference is hearing it from you.
Have a lot of trust and faith in you as a personal trainer, and by just telling them to do that, maybe that is all the push that they need actually to make that change. Let them know that you are holding them accountable to a healthy diet.
This will put pressure on them to follow through on it, and they will thank you for that. A lot of progress that your client makes is dependent on what they put in their bodies while at home. Try your hardest to make sure that your workouts with them are not getting thrown away the second they get back to their house.
Don’t underestimate the amount of influence you can have over your clients eating habits just by mentioning tidbits of advice here and there. If you would like more information about diet and nutrition, I suggest that you look into NASM’s fitness nutrition certification!
Become a diverse personal trainer to handle any situation
When you first start working as a personal trainer, you most likely have one general certification under your belt. This is a great start because it allows you to work with a right amount of clients with varying needs and goals.
Something that you should always be doing in your quest to becoming a great personal trainer is to continue your education within the field of health and fitness. Most certifications require you to get recertified approximately every two years.
There’s no better way to get recertified than by obtaining a second or third certification! You could either get a separate “general certification” such as NSCA, ACE or NASM or you can get the specialized certifications such as the CSCS (certified strength and conditioning specialist), PES(performance enhancement specialist) or CES(corrective exercise specialist).
No matter what advanced certification you choose, it will open up lots of new doors for the types of clients that you can train! This is always a great idea! Another route is to become a health coach. This is becoming very popular, and it is all about habit formation which is extremely important.
Check out my review on the ace health coach certification! If you are wondering how to be a fantastic personal trainer, this is one of the most important aspects!
Conclusion on how to be a good personal trainer
These are my favorite for tips I give people on how to be a good personal trainer! If you follow these tips, I guarantee you it will be on the right path to becoming the best trainer in your gym. Your clients will skyrocket their success, and the word about your knowledge and training will spread like wildfire.
Other individuals around the gym will notice the results that your clients are achieving, and you will start getting contacted by multiple people that are interested in your service. Your client’s results are walking advertisements for your business!
I hope you all liked my article, let me know in the comment section if you have any other tips on improving as a personal trainer!