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Old 07-05-2011, 11:26 PM   #1
Bryce Horrell
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Question The Foundations of Personal Training

Hypothetically, if you were to pick a dream trainer/coach, what qualifications would you like to see them have?

I have been into fitness all my life and just recently after graduated with my bachelors I have decided that I want fitness to be my main focus in life. I want to focus on educated myself in every way possible so that I may inform and train athletes. I made this thread to see what kind of qualifications athletes may find important in their trainer/coach.

-I do have bachelors degree but it is not in an exercise related field. I would definitely like to go back to college to study kinesiology or exercise science.

-I am studying to earn my Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist credential. http://www.nsca-cc.org/cscs/about.html

-I plan to take the crossfit certification classes. www.crossfit.com

-I have lots experience in resistance training and swimming. I am processing for the navy and plan to try out for aviation rescue swimmer which would most likely be an extraordinary fitness experience.

-I would one day like to earn my masters in kinesiology or exercise science.

-I feel that too much college is not a valid saying. Even taking nutrition classes at a community college is always worth the time. And that is always a possibility.


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Old 07-05-2011, 11:32 PM   #2
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Re: The Foundations of Personal Training

I think you should seek out opportunities to train people. No amount of head knowledge will substitute for hands-on experience.

It would also be wise to discover whether or not you actually enjoy working with athletes before you spend all that time and money on education. In particular, people who are extremely fit and self-motivated often *don't* make good trainers: they get too frustrated with less-fit, less-motivated people.

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Old 07-05-2011, 11:55 PM   #3
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Re: The Foundations of Personal Training

Certifications and qualifications don't matter as much as good communication, coaching style and the ability to address an individual's needs. If I think you seem open, honest and enthusiastic then I'll probably give you a chance for a training session. If that goes well, then I'll hire you. That's what my stance on personal trainers are. You need that something more than just good certs.
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Old 07-06-2011, 01:25 AM   #4
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Certifications and qualifications don't matter as much as good communication, coaching style and the ability to address an individual's needs. If I think you seem open, honest and enthusiastic then I'll probably give you a chance for a training session. If that goes well, then I'll hire you. That's what my stance on personal trainers are. You need that something more than just good certs.
Good point. Knowledge is something we can all learn most skills like communication, leadership and coaching style are skills which are imo much harder to learn. Some peopel are born with it which is a big plus later on after you get qualified.
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:38 AM   #5
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Old 07-06-2011, 08:00 AM   #6
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Re: The Foundations of Personal Training

One aspect that would be of importance to me is the ability to provide the client with the information that they NEED, not necessarily the information that they WANT.

Case in point: I saw a personal trainer who coaches Olympic lifts b/c I wanted him to critique my lifting technique. I wanted him to watch me lift and fix my form. Instead, he ran me through some ROM drills and identified some relatively weak muscles that would prevent (or at least make it very difficult) to lift correctly. He focused on how to get those muscles up to par individually and will spend a quarter of the time on actually lifting (if that).

IMO, that was time and money very well-spent, as he addressed issues that not only effect my original goal, but my overall fitness and well-being.
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Old 07-06-2011, 08:40 AM   #7
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Re: The Foundations of Personal Training

The most important things only ccome with experience. Certifications are for insurance companies. Experience is for the client.

Identifying which motivational technique different individuals respond to and when to talk, when to give short,quick cues, and when to shut your mouth are the two most important aspects of being a good trainer.

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Hypothetically, if you were to pick a dream trainer/coach, what qualifications would you like to see them have?
Basically, experience taking someone from good to great.

It's not hard to take someone from novice to okay. Or to take a great athlete and keep him/her at the same level. IMO.
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I think you should seek out opportunities to train people. No amount of head knowledge will substitute for hands-on experience.

It would also be wise to discover whether or not you actually enjoy working with athletes before you spend all that time and money on education. In particular, people who are extremely fit and self-motivated often *don't* make good trainers: they get too frustrated with less-fit, less-motivated people.

Katherine

Hey thanks for the replies everybody. It seems like most of the responses were similar and said that it is really the quality/charisma/hands on experience.

Currently I am studying program/routine design involving things. My ultimate goal is to have experience combined with exercise science/certifications. These degrees and certifications are in fact a treat to study for or take.

I take my cousin to the gym and train him which is always a fun time for the both of us. I do know what you mean by highly motivated instructor VS lazy trainee. He is doing really well but sometimes I want him to push it harder.

I use online forums to practice writing amateur fitness articles or informative scripts. I really found out that online forums are great for complimenting with my studies. I will study exercise science and proceed to write an article on it in a forum, which is pretty much the equivelant of writing a paper for a grade in a college class!

Thanks for the replies!
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I think you should seek out opportunities to train people. No amount of head knowledge will substitute for hands-on experience.

It would also be wise to discover whether or not you actually enjoy working with athletes before you spend all that time and money on education. In particular, people who are extremely fit and self-motivated often *don't* make good trainers: they get too frustrated with less-fit, less-motivated people.

Katherine

Hey thanks for the replies everybody. It seems like most of the responses were similar and said that it is really the quality/charisma/hands on experience.

Currently I am studying program/routine design involving things. My ultimate goal is to have experience combined with exercise science/certifications. These degrees and certifications are in fact a treat to study for or take.

I take my cousin to the gym and train him which is always a fun time for the both of us. I do know what you mean by highly motivated instructor VS lazy trainee. He is doing really well but sometimes I want him to push it harder.

I use online forums to practice writing amateur fitness articles or informative scripts. I really found out that online forums are great for complimenting with my studies. I will study exercise science and proceed to write an article on it in a forum, which is pretty much the equivelant of writing a paper for a grade in a college class!

Thanks for the replies!
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