What is a trainer? Is it someone who yells and tells someone else how to perform exercises? That answer is partly accurate, but mostly not. Simply instructing someone how to perform an exercise is not good enough to be considered a trainer, because it's not considering all the factors that constitute a good trainer.
A really good trainer is motivating, thorough, resourceful, intelligent, charismatic, witty, and creative. It's the little things that make a big difference in the eyes of a client. For instance, a really good trainer not only tells their client how to perform an exercise, they tell them why.
Based on what I've seen over the last 40 years, this last statement has eliminated half the trainers out there in trainer land. A really good trainer is always hungry for knowledge, and continually learning about the three training components to the inth degree.
I'm sure by now I've just excluded another 25 % of the so called trainers in trainer la la land. ONLY 25% left. A really good trainer has a huge range with regard to whom they can train effectively. Hey trainer, if you can't train pre-pubescent, kids, individuals with preexisting injuries, general fitness, athletes who need sport specific training objectives, and pregnant females with the knowledge and first hand training experience in each one of those categories, in addition knowing how to implement nutrition to maximize results, you're not a really good trainer.
There I did it. I just eliminated 24 % of the rest of the trainers, which leaves us with the one percent of you that are in fact really good trainers. If you’re a trainer, I suggest you look yourself in the mirror, and pose the question. Do you think you're a trainer? Do you think you’re really good trainer?
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