With 2022 right around the corner, many of us have our resolutions set. This year, we put health first and start our long-awaited workout journey. But where and how do we begin? Sohrab Khushrushahi, celebrity trainer and founder of SOHFIT, is known for creating personalised fitness programmes. If you want to achieve fitness goals quickly, a good trainer is essential in that journey. Khushrushahi gives the lowdown on what truly makes the perfect personal trainer.
People use personal trainers to help them achieve their health and fitness goals. Everyone is different and the ideal personal trainer will tailor an exercise programme to meet your needs. They will also teach you the best way to exercise and motivate you when you need it the most. Keep these top five qualities in mind while looking for the best fitness trainer.
1. Qualified and experienced
Look for a person who is qualified and has the right kind of certifications and experience. When it comes to making an investment, especially involving your health, it’s always better to run a background check to ascertain their credibility. Do your research and look up client reviews as well for honest feedback on their work. They should be professional, punctual and set a good example for you.
2. Attentive and patient
A good trainer must also be a good listener. They should be willing to listen to you and not stamp their authority on you. A trainer needs to understand who they’re working with and cater to their client's needs. Every single person's needs and requirements are different. Therefore, one set of principles cannot be applied to every person. Moreover, everyone functions at their own pace, so your trainer must be patient as well.
3. Practices what they preach
Every coach needs to be able to do the activities they are asking clients to do. They should also be fit and healthy. Apart from being certified for their job, your trainer should also be well-versed with new developments in their field. Attending events, doing research, pushing their own boundaries is a sign that they are motivated enough to be able to motivate others on a health and wellness journey.
4. Doesn't overstep
Be aware of coaches who try to oversell themselves. A personal trainer is trained to advise you on what exercises you should do. While personal trainers are supposed to have a clear understanding of the human anatomy, biometrics and nutritional needs, they should not be instructing you in fields they are not specialists in. They should not be giving you medical advice or telling you what to eat as they are not qualified to do this.
5. Approachable and friendly
A trainer should have good people management skills. If you sign up with a coach for five days a week, you will possibly be spending five hours a week with them. So, your trainer needs to be someone you can communicate with efficiently and who understands you well. This will not only help you reach your goals, but also help them explain the process in a lucid and engaging manner. Your fitness journey should be fun, uplifting and your trainer should guide you through that.