How to be a Good Personal Trainer in 2023!

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 and 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 of 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 or build muscle.

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. As a professional fitness coach, 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! The gym is intimating so make sure your clients are not distracted with what they see at the gym and help them to be focused.

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 the training program with you. This is motivation for them to keep working with you 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.

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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.

make sure to take measurements

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, that is what the human body needs. 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.

You are some form a model to your client so be that personal trainer that practice what they preach. You should eat right as well.

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 the right amount of clients with varying needs and goals.

But to up your game and have more understanding about the best nutrition diet for bones and the appropriate corrective exercises needed to give the best fitness result to your clients.

Getting specialization courses from NCCA accredited organizations will help you have a more grounded knowledge of the latest health and fitness subject of personal training and be a great coach.

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 National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), National Association of Sports Medicine (NASM) or you can get the specialized certifications such as the CSCS (certified strength and conditioning specialist), CES(corrective exercise specialist).

Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) of the American Council on Exercise (ACE) is also a recognized certification in the industry that improve your knowledge and expertise in personal training.

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.

There are other courses on nutrition that can help you acquire knowledge about healthy living that will benefit your clients and it will help you obtain your continuing education units.

You can even attend a college and get a degree that will improve your credibility in the industry and increase your hourly wage rate.

Continue reading, always thrive to be better and upgrade yourself with the fitness trend in the industry. Don’t think that the health and fitness information you have two years ago is still relevant today.

Be at the top of your career always.

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Bring in professionalism

Firstly, as a personal trainer, appearance matters a lot. If you work in a big box gym, never forget to put on the appropriate attire. Do not appear on jeans and khakis, thinking it is just okay to appear casual.

Great trainers always present yourself well. If the gym you work for doesn’t have a branded shirt buy sportswear from one of the sportswear stores.

And if you are a freelance personal trainer, brand your own T-shirt. Look the path and the clients will know that you are serious about expanding and putting your name out there.

Secondly, a personal fitness trainer doesn’t lean on the wall or appear lost when clients are around. The kind of vibe you give as good trainer helps the clients to push further. You see, your job is serious because it works with the energy emanating from you.

No matter what you are going through personally, leave it at home!

Thirdly, you need to know when to pull or push your clients, especially when it comes to the tough workouts. You should catch up with experienced fitness trainers and watch when they don’t push their clients further.

Rome was not built in a day, it takes time. Your job is to keep your clients on that journey until the fitness goal is achieved.

Praise them when they do well, and encourage them when they are struggling.

Never leave anyone behind!

And lastly, be ethical in your dealings. No matter how attractive a client looks don’t pass the wrong message by flirting around.

Be disciplined!

Be patient and honest

Besides being good at your job, the way you relate with other people matter a lot. Your relationship with others can help you reach your goals faster.

You need to be conscious of your conversation with your clients, subordinate or superiors in the work environment.

Be a good listener and always own up to your mistakes. You are not going to get referrals just because you are good at exercise or with helping clients to reach fitness goals, but also your demeanor is part of your qualities.

No one will hire a trainer that does not have good reputation in the health and fitness industry and among clients. An easily triggered personal trainer is a red flag for so many people.

Furthermore, you should set a time frame for activities and try as much as possible to meet up so that you don’t continue to cancel training sessions and give flimsy excuses for not showing up.

Time management

Working certified personal trainers is a busy person; your work is actually 24 hours of the day. If you work with clients online that have a different time zone, you know what this means for you.

A tech-savvy personal trainer will have it easier than a personal trainer that is keeping records manually. A good personal trainer should not sound confused when messaging your clients, by mixing up names of clients. When you have your records in digital form, you make fewer mistakes and it saves you time.

If a business owner wants to hire a personal trainer for a 1-on-1 coaching session, he or she will only be willing to pay and keep a trainer that understands the concept of time is money. You cannot afford to be all over the place as a freelance personal trainer.

Invest in technologies that will make your work easier!

There are so many repetitive works that need to be automated like sending emails, reminding your clients of due payment, reminding your clients of class sessions, scheduling classes and so many activities that take so much of time should be automated. When you do this you will be able to create a good relationship with your clients and focus on working with your clients while scaling your business at the same time.

This is what the best trainers and the smart trainers out there are doing.

This is particularly necessary for personal trainers that are enterpreneurs.

Great communication skills

Communication is key when dealing with clients.

When you are sending your emails, avoid big grammar; make your messages short and simple.

When you put calls through to your clients for important information, don’t just assume they know it is you.

You should state your name first, the name of your gym studio and why you are calling. You can even go further by asking if your call is not disturbing their moment.

Have a professional email address and a signature.

Do not allow your strong-looking fit body to affect your tone when you are in a conversation with your client.

Remember you are in business and you want money as much as you want to change their lives, be polite!

Work close to the big names in the fitness industry

Understudy the big names in the health and fitness industry with a good track record and many years of experience.

You can start by buying their books, follow them on social media and attend their seminars, this will help you move faster.

There is no challenge that you are faced with or going to face in the future that one or two trainers have not experienced in their own personal journey. Your job is to find out how they surmount their challenges so that your path will be clearer.

Conclusion on how to be a good personal trainer

My sincere advice to you is to fall in love with your job, this the starting point, even before you get the certification. You must have visualized yourself being a health and fitness instructor.

These are my favorite 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!

The healthy lifestyle of your clients is the best rewards for you and of course the increase going on in your bank account.

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!

Check out my page for other types of certification programs for personal trainers.

Tyler Read

Tyler Read, BSc, CPT. Tyler holds a B.S. in Kinesiology from Sonoma State University and is a certified personal trainer (CPT) with NASM (National Academy of sports medicine), and has over 15 years of experience working as a personal trainer. He is a published author of running start, and a frequent contributing author on Healthline and Eat this, not that.

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4 thoughts on “How to be a Good Personal Trainer in 2023!”

  1. PTPioneer User

    You definitely need to have a passion for what you do! I love fitness, being in the gym, and continuing to learn and expand with my knowledge of diet, exercise, and how the human body works. Great article

    1. Tyler Read - Certified Personal Trainer with PTPioneer

      Hey Vicky,
      thanks for stopping by and leaving a kind comment. I definitely recommend expanding your knowledge not only with personal training certification specializations but also with nutrition. These fields are constantly changing and it’s important to keep up-to-date.

  2. PTPioneer User

    Very informative article, Tyler! I’ve definitely had to improve my communication skills, and interpersonal skills in general, since starting to work as a personal trainer. It’s been quite the journey, but as you said, Rome wasn’t built in a day!
    Thanks for the great read.

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