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How do you know if your trainer is any good?

This is challenging to answer because different people need different things from their trainer. You can't always trust that the most popular trainer is the most skilled. Trainers who train a bunch of people in a big box gym will have more reviews than trainers who dive deep with a limited number of clients. Some commonalities exist that differentiate the best from the rest.


These are the skills to look for:

  1. Customization: A great personal trainer will customize your fitness plan to meet your individual needs and goals. They will take into account your fitness level, health history, and any injuries or limitations you may have.

  2. Knowledge: A great personal trainer will have extensive knowledge of exercise science, anatomy, biomechanics, physiology, and nutrition. They will be able to explain how specific exercises work and why they are important.

  3. Experience: The best personal trainers have experience working with a variety of clients with different fitness levels, goals, and health conditions. They will be able to develop customized workout programs that suit your specific needs.

  4. Communication Skills: Excellent personal trainers have good communication skills and the ability to explain complex exercises and concepts in simple terms. They will be able to listen to your concerns and goals, and adjust their approach accordingly.

  5. Motivation and Support: A great personal trainer will be able to motivate and support you throughout your fitness journey. They will encourage you to push your limits and help you overcome any obstacles that may arise.

  6. Focus on Safety: Safety should be a top priority for any personal trainer. They should have a solid understanding of proper form and technique, and be able to identify and correct any potential injuries or risks.

  7. Professionalism: An excellent personal trainer is professional in their approach, with a strong work ethic, punctuality, and a positive attitude. They should be reliable and committed to helping you achieve your goals.

  8. Client Testimonials and Reviews: Finally, one of the best ways to determine if a personal trainer is excellent is to check out their client testimonials and reviews. Look for specific feedback from previous clients about their experience and results with the trainer.

Ultimately, the best way to determine if a personal trainer is excellent is to do your research, read reviews, and schedule a consultation to get a feel for their approach and personality. Trust your instincts and choose a trainer who you feel comfortable working with and who has a proven track record of success.


Start with a consultation and see if I am the right trainer for you. I want to ensure a good fit for both of us. There's never a charge and even if we aren't the best fit, I'll help you find someone who is.

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