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What Qualities Should I Look for in a Personal Trainer?

When searching for a personal trainer to work with, there are many different qualities and traits that can separate the good from the bad. The difference between a good trainer and a bad trainer can be the difference between safely seeing results, and risking injury while struggling through a plateau. Here are just some of the traits and qualities we feel are important when hiring a personal trainer.

Education

Like any other profession, education is extremely important in evaluating the effectiveness of your trainer. While most personal trainers only possess a certification, there are a select few who posses a college degree in exercise. This means the client will enjoy a level of knowledge that will be able to help them push through plateaus, prevent injury, and work around barriers that a less educated trainer might not be able to. Unfortunately, it’s become commonplace and almost accepted that a personal trainer can get away with not having a college degree in their field.  Would you trust a doctor, lawyer,  or an accountant without a degree? A personal trainer is in charge of your health and instructs you on how to perform potentially dangerous movements. It’s extremely important that your trainer has a strong knowledge of exercise science.

Experience

Does your trainer have any experience? Experience can be very valuable because even with a lot of education, a lot can be learned through a personal trainers’ experience with clients. Of course, all trainers have to start somewhere and we were all newbies at one time. As a client, if your trainer is green, you just need to know that your experience might be affected by their lack of experience.

Personality 

A client must connect with their trainer on some level. It shouldn’t be social hour, but the fact remains, you should feel comfortable around your trainer and be honest about issues or concerns you may be having about your health and fitness. You should also note if they truly pay attention to you. Does your trainer listen intently about your goals and fears, or do they already have their mind made up about what type of training you’re going to be doing? 

Reputation

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Does your trainer have a good reputation in the community? Do they have any reputation? Maybe you know someone who has used their services. If not, do thorough research online to check out reviews on multiple sites to see what others are saying about their services. Check to see if the reviewers sound like someone who is in your current situation. If you have injuries you’re concerned about while working with a trainer, check to see if there are others who also started with injury concerns who ended up having success. 

Philosophy

While a general training philosophy is important, a trainer shouldn’t always give the same program to every client they have. For example, a 20 year old football player might benefit from doing Olympic style lifts. However, this may not benefit the 70 year old grandmother with osteoporosis. Being able to adapt to each individual client is the sign of a good personal trainer. Ask them what their training philosophy is and how they would go about training someone like yourself.

While this list contains the must haves, there are still other qualities you may be seeking in a trainer, depending on what you’re looking for. At Philly Personal Training, we take these qualities very seriously. We are the only gym or personal training studio in Philadelphia that requires our trainers to have a college degree in exercise. Our extensive hiring process allows the trainers to demonstrate their personality, their experience, and their unique program they apply to each individual client. Because our trainers possess all of these qualities, our reputation is second to none. Philly Personal Training has over 100 5 reviews across the web and we continue to work hard to make improvements so our client experience is unmatched.

If you’re interested in working with one of our personal trainers, contact us today!

Top Excuses For Not Working Out

As a personal trainer, I’ve heard some of the worst excuses for people not being able to work out.  Excuses are often used to justify failure.  The fact is, if you really want to do something, you do it, there are no excuses.  So, if you’re serious about getting in shape, you need to stop making excuses now.  In this post, I’m going to give you the top excuses for not working out and how you can beat them.

Excuse #1: “I don’t have time to work out.”  Continue reading

4 Steps To Doing The Perfect Pushup

The pushup gets shortchanged by men and women.  Men would rather see how much they can bench press while women are afraid they won’t be able to do one.  Pushups should be a staple of anyone’s exercise plan and I’ll tell you why: you can do them anywhere, they don’t require any equipment, and they’re effective at working not just the chest, but also the shoulders, triceps, and core.  When done properly, the pushup can give females wonderfully toned arms and give men the masculine chest and arms they crave.  The problem is, most people do them wrong, and when done wrong, the pushup is not only ineffective, but it can also cause serious injury.  With that said, let’s look at how to do the perfect push up in just 4 easy steps…. Continue reading

Can I Afford A Personal Trainer?

Most people think a personal trainer is a luxury only for the rich and famous.  You see celebrities on TV talking about their personal trainers, personal chefs, and nutritionists and think, “Well, it’s easy to be in fantastic shape when you have all that!”  The truth is, you can have all of that if you look carefully at your priorities and your budget.  But how much is the right amount to spend for you personally?  Just because you have $500 set aside, does that mean you have to spend all $500?  In this article, I’m going to discuss how you can afford a personal trainer, and what kinds of packages might be right for your budget and your fitness routine. Continue reading

Why Do I Gain Weight When I Exercise?

As a personal trainer, I always give a fitness assessment to my new clients to develop a baseline measurement and to create realistic fitness goals for them.  During this assessment, I’ll usually have a conversation about their past exercise habits and their success with these habits.  Time and time again, I hear about clients gaining weight when they’ve exercised in the past.  This is fine for someone who is trying to add mass and bulk up, but for the majority of my personal training clients looking to lose weight, this is the opposite of what they want.  If exercise is supposed to help you lose weight, why are there so many people who experience weight gain during periods of exercise?  I’m about to explain 3 very simple reasons why you might gain weight when you exercise. Continue reading

5 Benefits of Water

No matter what your fitness goal is, whether it’s weight loss, muscle gain, or just trying to become more healthy overall, the first step is to make sure that your diet is in order.  You set your calorie intake, figure out how many grams of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats you need, and from there, you figure you’re all ready to begin.  But not so fast.  You could be forgetting one of the most important things that you need to be considering: Your water intake.  Many people completely neglect to consider how much water they are drinking on a day to day basis.  Everyone knows water is important, but what exactly does drinking enough water do for you?  Let’s go over a few reasons why you must start drinking more water if you are going to increase your fitness levels and see faster results. Continue reading