What to look for in Personal Trainer

Patience 

Patience is the key to a good client-trainer relationship, says 
Wellness trainer Dan Dalen.  Trainers should understand that what works for 
one client may not work for another. He or she should do a Health and Wellness assessment with the client when you first meet to familiarize themselves with the client’s needs. It is also very important that clients understand that it took time to get to their current level of Health & Wellness, and it will also take time to get them to the level that they are desiring. 

Trainers should also find a comfortable pace for their clients, Dalen 
says. Some clients may progress at a faster rate, while others may 
require more coaching and assistance. 
"I love teaching and the journeys of helping people reach their personal fitness goals," he says. 

Communication

Your trainer is cannot be with you at all times during the process. That said, they should be able to explain things to you on the phone and teach you how to do certain moves without physically being present through every workout. This is because clients should have additional activity outside of the Personal Training session. A trainer should be able to explain good nutrition and this should be individualized. And communication is a two-way street...

Professionalism 


While it's important to maintain a close relationship with a client, 
Dalen says, there also has to be a level of professionalism. 
"I carry their water and get them a towel if they need one -- similar 
to service they would receive at a five-star hotel," he says. 
Lastly, the clothes your trainer wears should be simple and plain. The 
attention should be on your client, Dalen says – No cell phones or distraction while working with clients

Education 


Trainers should have -- and be able to show you -- an appropriate 
fitness certification for their area of expertise. 
To become certified, personal trainers must pass an exam through 
accredited organizations such as The American Council on Exercise 
(ACE), the National Academy of Sports Medicine. (NCSF) National Council on Strength & Fitness. 
Most exams cover exercise physiology, training and exercise 
procedures, nutrition, functional anatomy of the body and weight 
management. Each organization's certification exam will ask different 
questions.



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