[quote]g star 24 7 wrote:
For a start,what does looking good mean to you?
Built like a powerlifter,back like a barn door,300lbs but maybe 30% bodyfat?
or a bodybuilder type who’s a lean,ripped 230lb with only 8% bodyfat?
Even if you picked a trainer with the type of body you like,many are genetically gifted and had a good frame before they even started training.
Others have always trained to some degree,and been into sports since school,so fully exploited their hormonal spikes when younger,giving them an edge in power and strength-I have found many of these ‘jock’ types to be arrogant and less than sympathetic with newbies,preferring their ‘own kind’.
Some of these big guys are obsessed with self-image (not helped by assumptions like yours) and will take 'roids and other illegal substances.Not all of these same people would admit that to their clients though,even in confidence.
Is a slightly skinny or tubby,less than toned trainer any less qualified?
For all you know,they have glandular issues,could be recovering from injury,etc.
I know of a few lecturers in sport and exercise science and nutrition who look a bit out of shape.
They work for one of the most prestigious training & awarding bodies in the UK.
They have a passion for health and fitness,they have extensive knowledge in Exercise Physiology,Anatomy,Kinesiology,Nutrition,etc.
They are also Personal Trainers who charge a high price for sessions and consultations.
None of their clients doubt their abilities,neither do I.
I judge them on their knowledge and attitude,not their physique.
If you look at a great boxer,lifter,athlete-their trainer or coach does not always look in good shape!
Even rarer is a coach or trainer that looks anywhere NEAR as fit as the athlete he trains,in any respect!
Why should this be different?
For as many ‘what if he’s a skinny guy with glandular issues’ there are ‘what if he actually works his ass off and knows his stuff’. If a guy has actual qualifications (college degree, lecture position, team coaching success etc) this easily overrules any initial judgement and is pretty self explanitory.
But given 2 guys who both have the 3 hour certification course under their belts and nothing else to speak of I feel like it is in your best interest to pick the one who looks the part. If a personal trainer doesn’t have anything worth mentioning on a resume he is pretty much his own best advertisement.