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How to Become The Best Fitness Trainer You Can Be

Updated: Nov 13, 2023

The following tips can help you become a successful fitness trainer


A trainer instructing a trainee
Teach don't train

Teach don’t train

A good trainer encourages in their clients the desire and capacity to seek fitness independently of them. Giving someone a great exercise and congratulating them on a job well done is not the point. Using their interests to fuel an internal drive to improve their fitness is the key to motivating someone to become more fit. It actually is more about teaching than training.


The funny thing is that clients will thrive with fitness like never before if you make yourself unnecessary. They will still perform the task effectively, but you will receive full credit. And the reason for that is that you assisted your clients in actively pursuing fitness rather than merely going through the motions. Your customers' bodies naturally change when you alter their perspectives and attitudes toward fitness.



Use What is good for your client

Don’t base your training on the methods you employ; instead, focus on the outcomes you seek. Your abilities, professional development, and originality are limited by training with a small number of tools or techniques. Sometimes it's just a matter of personal preference, but some clients won't be able to use a piece of equipment.


Some clients will want to use all the technology they can find, others will have problems with the key to their gym locker. Understanding the client will help you understand how to help your client best.


Varied exercise stressors cause different reactions in everyone's bodies. Once your client is neutral and free of any muscular imbalances, you as a professional fitness trainer can test out several workouts and routines to see which one works best for them.


Make sure to ask your clients things like, "How sore did you get? " Did you enjoy the exercise's motion, and did you experience any pain?



Muscular Imbalance First

You must identify and treat any muscular imbalances your client may have with stretching and corrective exercise training before they can go through a strength training program effectively.


If they are not properly managed, these muscular imbalances have a higher likelihood of harming them at some point. Hurting your client is the last thing you want to do. It not only stops them from improving, but there is a significant risk they will worsen as a result of possibly becoming more sedentary.



Progress Checks


A trainer with progress charts
Check for progress

Make sure to check your client's weight, body fat percentage, and circumference measurements (waist, hips, arms, etc.) at least once every four weeks! This can be challenging at times since you need to find the time to perform these measurements.


You should only need to spend about five minutes at the end of the session once a month to complete these measurements. The only time you shouldn't measure a client is if they are unwilling to cooperate.


You must do this in order for your clients to see the advancements they have made since beginning the training program with you. This will encourage them to continue working with you and to maintain their fitness and nutrition plans.


Another choice is to get them to do their own measures so they can monitor their development. Using personal training software is a great way to keep track of exercise routines and measurements!


Don’t forget - A true fitness professional, and one that is going to be successful, is able to compassionately assist someone in gaining the self-confidence to work diligently enough.



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