Did you ever walk into the gym and see a personal trainer all buffed out, screaming at someone to do “one more rep?” Well, that my friend is NOT a great trainer!

That is a nitwit who thinks it’s cool to make people puke and cry like babies.

And one more thing, trust me when I tell you, there is nothing fun about not being able to walk for five days after a workout. For some ungodly reason, well-known and high-paid trainers think it’s fashionable to bring their clients to these depths.


They literally brag about it in interviews and post comments on their social media pages.

Now that we’ve got a bit of the bad out of the way, let’s shift focus to the great. What makes a great personal trainer? Well, there are a lot of things. If you are looking for a trainer or are aspiring to be one, take this list into serious consideration.

1. They have a good attitude

No one wants to walk into a session and be told what to do by a frumped up, miserable person. A great trainer is positive, pleasant, happy and always acts like you are the most important person in the world.

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They should not be venting about their spouse, complaining about their personal affairs or whining about things that happened in the past.

2. They are in great shape.

Maybe I shouldn’t say, they are in great shape, but they definitely should at least workout themselves. I don’t know about you, but if I’m looking for advice on how to make a million dollars, I’m going to ask someone who has made a million dollars. I’m not going to the local penitentiary and ask Joe Criminal how to do it.

If you see a trainer who walks around hung over half the time and parties like a rock star, you might want to look elsewhere. And if they give you all this advice about working out and eating right, but don’t follow that lifestyle themselves, they are a hypocrite. Move on!

3. They have good hygiene.

When you are a trainer, you are in close proximity to clients, especially when you spot them and correct their form. If you think it might be a good idea to have the freshest of breath and smell as clean as possible, you are right on the money!

There is probably nothing worse than reeking of garlic, onions and coffee when you train a client. It’s as offensive as blatantly saying the “F” word throughout your sessions.

There’s nothing wrong with eating and drinking what you like, but if it’s going to melt other people’s faces, you best wait until you are out of the line of fire.

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4. They have a solid background.

Far too often people go to weekend workshops set up by some half-rate outfit and come out the other side as a certified trainer. They have about zero real-world training experience and they think their some kind of hotshot.

If you are looking for a trainer, make sure they have at least several years of experience and a recognizable certification like ACE, ACSM, NASM or StrongFirst. A degree in exercise is even better!

If you are looking to be a trainer, get a certification from one of the reputable organizations I mentioned and drop the ego! Spend a fair amount of time training people to get your feet wet and build up some experience.

What you learn in the books is way different then on the gym floor. Nothing trumps getting in the trenches and practising your craft.

5. They are on time

One of the things that really fires me up is when I see trainers always late to their sessions. People pay good money for your services. The least you can do is be on time!

Actually being early is even better so you can set up equipment that you’ll be using and get your workout plan together. I promise you will lose clients if you are continually late to sessions!

6. They are humble.

The best trainers in the world don’t know they are the best trainers in the world. They do what they love, they do what they feel passionate about and they never go out of their way to seek praise or recognition. And the people know this too. The bottom line is, do great work without any expectation and you will succeed hands down.

OK, now you know how to conduct yourself as a trainer. Follow my advice and go out there and be great!

Let me know if you need any further assistance and I’ll be happy to help.

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