With this issue shining a light on leadership, I’ve decided to look at what makes a great fitness leader. In other words, when it comes to sourcing the best trainer, what should you really be looking for?
The fitness market is a busy one and choosing your perfect personal trainer can be difficult. To help you make the right choice, here is my guide to finding a true fitness leader.
Those leading the way in fitness should be fully immersed in CPD (Continuing Professional Development). They should be regularly updating their training by taking part in online courses, attending workshops and furthering their fitness education. Don’t be afraid to ask your would-be trainer which courses they have attended this year.
A truly great trainer will be very inquisitive when it comes to finding out about you. They should be asking about your lifestyle and what your goals are rather than telling you about themselves, how they like to keep fit and what they eat. They will understand that everyone is different and fitness is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ world. Just because they love to eat chicken and broccoli morning, noon and night, it doesn’t mean you have to as well. A great fitness leader will never be a dictator.
Your coach should be leading a fitness-filled life and most certainly be leading by example. Now I’m not suggesting that they must live and breathe protein shakes and Pilates; they are human too and will enjoy the odd pizza washed down with a gin and tonic. But on the whole they should be the epitome of health and fitness, and a positive role model for the industry.
Your new fitness friend should also have led others, like you, to their goals. Again, don’t be afraid to ask about their success stories from previous clients. They should be able to show you hard and fast evidence of the achievements that others like you have made. This can come in many forms, such as photographs, video testimonials and written accounts. But for the ultimate seal of approval, have a chat with others who have enlisted the services of your trainer-to-be to find out the nitty gritty details.
When you find the right leader in the world of fitness, together you can be unstoppable and certain of achieving your health and fitness goals. Good luck.
Katie is a national award-winning personal trainer and health and fitness entrepreneur.