So how the heck are you supposed to know if they are good or not? Are they a good Trainer if they have a good body? Not necessarily as that can be chalked up to great genetics. What about if they have tons of certifications? Eh, much of that information is outdated and/or is more applicable in a laboratory than in a real world setting. So how are you supposed to be able to determine if your Trainer knows what they are doing? Hopefully the checklist below (to which you should be able to answer YES) will give you an idea of how good your Trainer is.
– Do they ask questions about your medical history and training history, pain, injuries, etc before your first training session?
– Do they assess the way you move before/during your first training session?
– Can they pinpoint specific issues you might have (weaknesses, imbalances, postural issues) during your assessment?
– Can they explain WHY you are doing the exercises you are doing and how those exercises are benefitting you and preparing you to progress to other exercises/movements?
– Do they ask you how you feel during the workout? Do they ask you how you feel doing certain exercises (i.e. “Does that feel OK? Do you have any pain doing that? Can you feel a stretch in your hamstrings when you hinge back like that?”)
– Can they modify an exercise on the fly if you: aren’t able to do it, aren’t using the correct muscles groups to do the movement, the movement is too hard, the movement is too easy, or the movement causes pain?
– Do they cue and correct you when you are doing movements incorrectly or sub-optimally?
– Do they continue to challenge you and give you more difficult progressions as you get better?
– Do they modify your workout based on how you are feeling that day?
– Can they answer your questions in a way that you can understand them as opposed to trying to sound really complicated in order to mask the fact that they don’t know they answer?
– Do you feel better after working out with them for a while? (i.e. less pain, better sleep, improved posture, more energy, feeling stronger, less winded, etc)
– Do you look better after training with them for a while? (i.e. less body fat, more muscle, better posture, etc). Results are not always measured on a scale.