With some many articles on how to choose a good personal trainer,
how about a short rant on how a good client should and should not
behave? Training clients with positive traits as elaborated below
definitely makes an enjoyable job even more enjoyable. In my humble
opinion, EVERY client who takes up personal training should reads this.
1) Sets Reasonable Expectations
great to have goals but it is very important to keep them realistic.
Nowadays people are just too impatient and it’s common to hear people
wanting to lose 50 lbs in 2 months! Trying to lose weight too quickly is
unhealthy. To achieve healthy fat loss, results should come gradually
Also it is important to preserve as much muscle mass
as possible when doing a diet. This is where strength training plays a
crucial role. So what’s a reasonable rate of fat loss? Depending on the
size of the person, on average, 1 lb per week of weight loss is highly
achievable and healthy as well.
2) Understands the Importance of Consistency
many areas of life consistency plays an important role in ensuring
success. Trying to lose weight and gain muscle is no different. 2
important aspects to this are training and your diet. Once you start a
training program with a certain frequency per week, try your best to
stick to it in order reap the benefits. Skipping sessions will not only
slow down your rate of fat loss but will also halt your progress in the
gym as your body becomes deconditioned again once the training effects
fade off with missed sessions.
Diet is another area where
discipline is of utmost importance. Eating close to nothing one day and
binging the next day does nothing for your weight loss efforts at all.
Not only do you have to eat less but you also need to do so consistently
in order to be able to track progress and make changes when you hit a
3) Does Homework
trainer may see you 3-4 times a week but he certainly is not there for
you 24/7. Smart trainers will thus assign homework to their clients so
that they are able to achieve their goals faster, even with the absence
of their trainers. These homework can include additional cardiovascular
activities such as swimming and running or they can be as simple as
asking the client to do a food log so that the diet can be analyzed and
changes can be made to facilitate faster fat loss. Homework is really
for you own good so please, stop saying that your dog ate your food log!
4) Respects the Trainer
it’s good to have your own opinion on things and even better, to read
widely and share with your trainer fitness knowledge that you possess,
you can really piss your trainer off by insisting that your friend said
that muscles turn into fats when you stop working out. By the way,
muscles do not turn into fats, just in case you’re wondering. A personal
trainer is an expert in the field of fitness so please give him the
respect that he deserves.
The next time you come across something
doubtful that he says, do this. Listen carefully to what he says, go
home and do your own research. If you come up with something that is
scientifically proven and contradicts what he says, show the material to
him and I’m sure he will be glad to have learnt something useful from
5) Is Willing to Change His/Her Lifestyle
than training and diet, lifestyle is probably the other most important
factor in determining weight loss success. It affects your ability to
recover from your workouts, alter your hormonal levels and many other
things, on top of directly adding calories to your diet or blunts your
ability to burn fats (when consuming alcohol). Common culprits include
smoking, alcohol consumption, not getting enough rest and getting too
All these will not only affect your health negatively, but
when you make a resolution to lose weight, these bad habits come in the
way to halt your progress. Thus, when your personal trainer makes a
sincere request for you to break a habit, don’t just shrug him off;
instead, think about how much more important health and appearance are
to you compared to __________________ (insert bad habit here).