So, you need a trainer?
Now that everyone wants to train to get in better shape or to perform better. Most people will try anything to get to their goal. For example, the infamous 6 packs and getting lean is the norm these day. It remains a classic and a lot of people will do anything to get it. Well, if you want a 6 pack in the next two months, sorry but it’s a bit late. If you want to increase your chances to succeed, hire the good personal trainer or strength coach.
Most of the trainers in a commercial gym are average. I’m not saying that they are FOS (Some of them are) but you can find a few good ones at your local gym. It all comes down to what you are willing to pay to get to your results. This is how I see it: HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT?
Sure, your trainer will help you but you must do the work. You’ll have to watch what you eat, watch your sleep and many more aspects. Then you’ll have to talk with your trainer to fix all kinds of little problems that you might have. Your trainer should be a consultant, not a friend that you will go and have wine of beer. (In some cases, it might work. I train 2 of my best friends and they know the gym is the gym. And for an evening dinner with our wives, we don’t talk about the gym. That’s the rule). How can you look for a trainer you will ask? Here are some pointers that might help you.
The things you should look for in a trainer are:
Does he train?
How he trains?
Who he trains?
What’s his qualifications?
Does he read?
Does he go to seminars?
Or is he / she only good looking and FOS.? (If so, run away)
You might have the best-looking trainer but if he know nothing, it will not help you. The look is not always the key. I must agree that if you have a trainer that looks like a fat pig, eating junk food and drinking beer, it might not be a good sign. Try to get a trainer who’s fit and knows stuff like anatomy, physiology, training protocol and that can give you advice that counts. But be aware, you have some pretty good trainers out there that might look like they have a beer belly, but they do powerlifting or weightlifting and they are good at what they do.
If your trainer is good, this is what he will do (or should do); First, he will read about training. Second, he will try what he read. After, he’ll attend some seminars to learn more about the subject and try it again. Most trainers that I met during my career, read articles go to a few seminars but never tried anything they learned. They tell people: Do this, do that, and bla bla bla!! So, my question is; How can you tell a client to do things that you never even tried? Often, they answer something like this: “Well if you look at the biomechanics of the motion, this should be ok!” WTF is this? You generalizing here, dude! It doesn’t work like that. You must analyse your client and most of all, if you are the king of the leg press at your gym and you never squatted, how the fuck can you teach a squat to a client??? This is just common sense.
Being a trainer is not just about counting repetitions, it’s about knowing your stuff and trying it. In my opinion, a good trainer must read at least a book a month and weekly articles. Don’t tell me that you don’t have time! You must take one hour per day for you and it should be reading books or articles (The other hour should be for training). Charles Poliquin always told me; LEARN MORE, EARN MORE. He was right. Just imagine that you want to increase your rate and you tell your client; By next month, your fee’s will increase by 5$ per training ok? Then it’s 20$ per week, 80$ per month more in your pocket, right? Well, it may not sound a lot but the client will ask questions and advises for that 80$ more per month that you charge. And you my friend, if you don’t have the answer, how can you justify your increase?
If you go to a seminar as a trainer, you should go as a student not as an attendee! What’s the difference you may ask? The student will be taking notes; he will ask questions and try to learn as much as possible. The attendee on the other hand just goes there as a waste of time and doesn’t give a shit if he learns something or not. He goes to waste time and pretend to have learned something. Going to a seminar should be the best time to learn something. Try to apply this knowledge in you daily life as a trainer. I know that if a seminar cost me 2000$, I will go as a student. I’m not spending money to throw it away, would you?
When looking for a trainer, take your time. Go to visit different gyms, learn about him / her, do a few sessions at the gym on your own, look at him, how he’s working with his clients, check if he meets your expectations and ask him / her a few questions, try to see if he is devoted to his / her client. Getting involved in private training is important. Take your time. After all, you will spend money on him / her. If you are not satisfied, you may end up with no or little results.
After all these years working as a strength coach, I’ve seen it all. Well dressed trainers that were scumbags, regular Joe’s that were good, trainers that know theory but don’t know how to apply it and the list goes on. A good trainer is the one who will bring you results because in the end, this is what it’s all about!
Here at SSP Barbell club, we bring you results that you need. If we don’t have the answer to your questions, we will find it. We don’t know everything. We learn a lot every day and above all, we love our job. Final word here is; How you should do it when it comes for hiring a trainer or get a membership in a gym: Search / evaluate / try / get involved.