Friday, May 18, 2012
What Is The Best Trainer
A trainer friend and I were having a discussion about training. I asked him a while back, what's the difference between a trainer who wants to get rich, a trainer who wants to help, and the best trainer?
He said he's been thinking about that a lot and had been trying to figure it out.
The trainers who wants to get rich will do all the things that will get them rich. Market, get people in, take lots of pictures, make themselves look as good as possible because it sells. A good looking fit trainer will do exponentially better than one who doesn't look that way. It will also show in the client experience what they are about as well. Cancel sessions to pursue other opportunities, show up late, not stay up to date or be educated with science at all. Training just a tool to get money. A widget, a gimmick, and they are just a good salesman and/or spokes model for a widget. Whenever I talk to trainers like these, we end up only talking about how to get more clients and maximize money.
The trainer who wants to help, may be overly educated. Know everything about fitness and the human body. I have trainer friends who wouldn't know what periodization was from a piriformis. But I have a few, okay one trainer friend who reads every sports science book out there. But why are they not the best? They may over talk or try only to talk to the smartest person in the room, to help a lot of people, they need to get in front of a lot of people. If you spend all your time at clinics and in front of books but aren't doing your job getting people in the door, you aren't going to be the best. Whenever I get into a conversation with this type of trainer, we end up talking just science, the best way to rehabilitate a knee that has a torn LCL, the effectiveness of self myofascial release, etc.
The best is someone who does all the right things. Keeps up to date but can explain everything simply. Wants to help people and doesn't fret over money as long as the quality training experience is there. They also make sure they are accessible to people, and their information is easy to find. And ultimately that they are passionate, and if you are passionate there should be a buzz around you. We end up talking about how we can spread our message. Because we have one.
About the Author:
Coach Sam Y. is a Master Personal Trainer, Motivational Speaker, Coach, Certified Nutritionist, Performance Enhancement Specialist, Corrective Enhancement Specialist, Pilates and Yoga instructor, and holds multiple certifications. He is also an avid Martial Artist, training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, Boxing, and MMA. He is also the author of the popular fitness blog All Out Effort as well as the popular martial arts blog Inner BJJ. You can find him in the Los Angeles area personal training his clients, or at home annoying his wife, or on Facebook and Pinterests.