How do I know I found the right personal trainer for me?
People often talk about surrounding themselves with people that make you a better person. Surround yourself with people that want you to excel, bring out the best in you, and support you. Your personal trainer is no different. Your personal trainer should be someone that can listen to you, understand how to help you, encourage you, support you, knows when to push you, and knows when to let up on the gas. The right personal trainer for you should be someone that brings out the best in you and wants you to reach your personal goals as much as they want to reach their own personal goals.
During EVERY single personal training session, not only should your coach be concerned about how you are moving and making sure that your movements are sound, and you are getting the most out of your work out, but also should be concerned about how you are doing on a daily basis. Your personal trainer should know that your hour in the gym is not the only thing that affects your overall health and fitness. As long as you are open to it, your coach should be asking you about your nutrition, stress levels, activities outside the gym, and potentially asking you about homework assignments that you two have discussed together for you to achieve outside the gym. Your coach should know that the one hour you spent in the gym during the day is not what’s going to make you a fitter and healthier person alone, what you do outside the gym is even more important. What it comes down to is, does your coach care about what’s happening in the moment, or do they also care about how you can better yourself in all aspects of life?
To best help you in all aspects of your life, your coach has to get to know you, they need to get to know how you interact with your family, do you have pets, do you have hobbies, what kind of work do you do, And roughly what your day-to-day schedule looks like. Obviously, it is important for your coach to make sure that you were moving properly, but it is equally as important for your coach to interact with you in a way that allows them to get to know you, so they can make better recommendations for the exercise selection that they prescribe, the nutritional advice they give you, and the lifestyle changes they think you should make. And understand how all of these things will get you to your goals and be able to explain to you why they will help you get you to your goals. No, it may take you some time to feel comfortable with telling your coach all of these details, and that is OK, but you should be able to sense fairly quickly if this will be someone that you will eventually be able to trust with these details. If you get the sense that this is someone that you cannot trust, that does not have your best interest at heart, And does not understand the values you have for yourself and the goals that you want to achieve, chances are this coach may not be the best fit for you.
If you work with a coach that is interested in your life, actively seeking ways to help you get you to your goals, and is in pursuit of making you a better mover with every set of of exercise, then you have found yourself a great personal trainer.
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