If you’ve met with multiple fitness specialists in the past month, chances are they all had different recommendations for your health. Some might say cardio is the key, while others blame carbs for preventing fat loss. And then there’s the argument that lack of weight training is what you’re missing. In this blog post, I want to discuss what sets a good trainer apart and how we at BBCT stand out from the rest.
Firstly, ask us about our ongoing learning and credentials. Many trainers have big egos and think they know it all. Instead of investing in quality education, they settle for cheap certifications just to start making money quickly. It’s truly sad because real growth comes from continuous learning. Having 20 years of industry experience doesn’t necessarily mean 20 years of valuable knowledge. A good trainer should be committed to completing at least four continuing education courses or seminars every year to stay updated and enhance their expertise.
Another aspect to consider is the rate of service. If trainers are truly skilled at what they do, it’s reasonable for them to charge more than those who lag behind in their field.
Take a look at your trainer’s schedule as well. Is it full? Are their clients achieving results? Success breeds success, so if a trainer has a busy schedule filled with satisfied clients, it’s a sign that they provide quality service.
A good trainer must have a solid understanding of anatomy. Without knowing muscle origin and insertion points, fiber types being worked on, or even which specific muscles an exercise targets, injuries and muscle imbalances can occur easily.
Furthermore, good trainers give credit where credit is due. They acknowledge and attribute their sources of knowledge instead of stealing ideas or pretending that someone else’s work is their own. Trusting your health with someone dishonest would not be wise.
It can also be helpful to check your trainers out on social media platforms like Instagram or Facebook. Do they surround themselves with people who promote their passion? Are they role models for a healthy lifestyle? A trainer should be a leader, not just a follower.
Another important factor is whether trainers practice what they preach. Do they look the part and lead by example? If someone is providing exercise and dietary advice, they should be able to confidently present that information with their “shirt off.” Staying connected with clients through regular training sessions ensures that program designs are effective.
Measurement is key in tracking progress. Ask your trainer how they intend to measure your progress. A good trainer will take detailed body measurements, calculate lean mass and body fat percentages, record tape measurements and weight changes. They will also carefully track training sessions by recording reps, sets, total volume lifted, tonnage lifted, and incorporate “deloads” into the training cycle. Monitoring sleep quality, energy levels, stress levels, digestive health, short-term and long-term goals, as well as nutrition and training periodization are among other important aspects that should be measured.
Specialization matters too. A jack of all trades may not excel at anything in particular. To truly master something, a trainer must narrow down their focus and become exceptional in one or two specific areas.
Passion is contagious and vital in this field. Does your trainer genuinely love what they do? Are they excited to wake up every day and go to work? You want someone who inspires you to train hard and follow their advice.
At Body By Choice (BBCT), I am incredibly proud of my team for embodying these qualities consistently. We prioritize success planning for our clients’ individual needs and have earned an excellent reputation in town. With hundreds of 5-star reviews on Google from our members themselves, we are grateful for their support.
If you’re interested in improving your health and fitness journey, we would love to meet you for a free consultation where we can review your exercise history and discuss personalized plans tailored specifically to help you achieve your goals.