I am willing to bet if you met with over 5 fitness specialists this past month they will all have different health recommendations: Cardio is what you need, carbs are the reason you cannot lose fat, lack of weight training is what you are missing. In this blog post I want to talk about what makes a good trainer and how we are different at BBCT. Here are the top ten ways the trainers at BBCT stand above the rest:
- Ask us what we are currently learning and what kind of credentials/continuing education we are pursuing. Most trainers have egos and think they know everything. Instead of investing in a quality credential, they get a cheap certification, so they can start making money ASAP. It’s sad that too many trainers do not realize that the more you learn, the more you will earn. A good trainer should be completing at least 4 continuing education courses/seminars a year.
- Look at what we are charging. If trainers are good at what they do, they can and should charge more. If they are only charging $5-$30 per training session, odds are it’s because they are behind the curve.
- How full is your trainer’s schedule? Are his or her clients achieving results? Success breeds success, and if a trainer has a full dance card of clients to train, you know he or she likely provides a quality service.
- Good trainers know their anatomy. Without knowing origin and insertion, fiber type of muscle being worked, or even which muscle the exercise is training, injuries and muscle imbalances will inevitably occur.
- Good trainers give credit where credit is due. It’s important that the trainer gives credit to the sources where he has learned his information. Too many are stealing and trying to take credit for the work of others. I wouldn’t trust a thief with my health.
- Check your trainers out on social media. Are they surrounding themselves with people that promote their passion? Are they being a good role model? Trainers are leaders, not followers.
- Are they practicing what they preach and do they look the part? If you want to give dietary and exercise advice, you should be able to comfortably present the information with your “shirt off.” A trainer must stay connected with their clients through regular training or program design suffers.
- Measure, measure, measure. Ask how the trainer intends to measure progress. A good trainer will take detailed body measurements calculating lean mass, body fat, tape measurements, and weight. Training sessions should be measured carefully not only by recording reps and sets, but measuring total volume and tonnage lifted and programming “deloads” into the training cycle. Proper training, nutrition periodization and setting short and long term goals are among others that should be measured.
- Does your trainer specialize in anything? You cannot be a jack of all trades. To be fully great at something you must narrow down your focus and get really good at 1 or 2 things.
- Are they passionate and love what they do? Do they wake up and look forward to going to work, or are they only going through the motions? Passion is contagious, and I would want a trainer that inspires me to train and follow his advice.
I am extremely proud of my team at Body By Choice. They take the above into practice on an ongoing basis. I’m excited for what the new year will bring and how many more opportunities we will have to enhance health in a country that is going through a health crisis. Please know that as a member of BBCT I am not only here as a resource to you, but also to your friends and family.