The road to becoming a trainer is not designed to be easy and isn’t as simple as taking a test. Becoming a quality trainer takes years of education and hands-on experience—you’ll have to dig deep for this career. On top of completing your certification program of choice, you need to act the part and have the social skills to draw people in.
Once you’re certified, the following traits will take you far in the world of personal training.
The No. 1 thing Francis Neric of ACSM says is key to great trainers is your ability to motivate others. If you’re not open with your clients, even though you can plan a great program, your clients’ success rates may suffer. So turn on your charm storm, because it looks great on you anyway, and start changing lives!
Since abs—and overall health—are made in the kitchen, you should have a general interest in how this fits into your clients’ fitness picture. You’re not trained as a nutritionist, however, so refer your clients to a nutritionist you trust for the heavy lifting of diet planning. A base of knowledge helps plant seeds and hold clients accountable.
BY CAT PERRY