Personal trainers who PERSONALLY try every exercise in the book make the best trainers. If you’ve been at the bottom of your 1RM squat and had to drive with every ounce of blood in your body, you’re going to better know how to train someone than just some body pump instructor (taking in account that you have a good understanding of exercise physiology and biomechanics). You’re going to be able to explain how and what that person is going to be feeling because you’ve been there. That is going to make it a helluva lot easier on that person when he/she was explained, to a t, what he/she was going through.
The main problem is that there are very few people who have been THERE. Everytime you train, it should be a battle, you should either fail on some reps or come awfully close, it builds character. I think that most trainers (hell most individuals for that matter) lack training character.
I also believe that most females do not make good personal trainers. Females aren’t typically harsh enough on their clients and they allow them to use excuses to cut down the reps. I have seen that too many times to count. Don’t get me wrong, I have seen some bitchy ass female trainers (just the way I like em!).
Although I am certified by NASM, I didn’t really learn much from the certification. I mean, yes, I learned a bit more about postural distortion, but it was so incredibly basic I fell asleep on numerous occasions listening to the lecture on my cd course. I feel like I could turn any human being on this planet into what he/she wants to be just from the information I have absorbed from reading this website. I have absorbed so much nutritional information (I love Berardi’s principles) I could write anyone a nutritional plan and workout regime and damn near guarantee, with my life, that that person would get results.
Basically, what I’m getting at is you can throw me all the certifications in the world but that isn’t going to impress me one bit, that really doesn’t mean shit. To be a good trainer, or to be good at whatever it is that you are doing, you have to have real life applicability to what you’re saying and you have to of lived through some of what you’re preaching. You have to be able to look that person you are training or that task at hand in the eye and have the character to get the job done. You have to take all the technicalities you’ve learned, all the ‘mumbo jumbo’ my clients like to call it, and be able to individualize it for each of your clients. Anyone can memorize literature but only gifted individuals can put it to use and shape it into a morsal that even the most uneducated person could swallow.
I also believe that you have to want to be a trainer and have the heart to do whatever it takes to see that your client gets the results he/she is looking for. When you do something or say something with your heart, people know it and they believe in it/you.
Yeah, this post may not be grammatically correct, but I am pretty drunk right now…lol…Gin and tonic baby!!! I just got back from eating and drinking with one of my old clients who had a terrible lumbo-pelvic distortion, chronic back pains that his doctorS couldn’t solve but after he trained with me for a month the pains were nowhere to be found, lost 15% bodyfat, and lowered his cholesterol levels 200%, and gained 100 pounds on his bench press (which is now 335). Oh, did I forget to mention that he’s 52 years old and can now run two 7-minute miles? Sorry, but I just had to brag… I have modest certifications, but for all intents and purposes I am a diet consultant and a damn good personal trainer…
For the past 5 years of my life I have been pretty much stuck on being a dermatologist and for my first 3 years of college I have studied accordingly. But after tonight, after reading this thread and after hearing Tim spill his heart out to me and tell me how grateful he is to have met me and been able to train with me, that I am having second thoughts… I see a serious crossroad in my life right now… Thank you for starting this thread, I have some serious thinking to do right now. Water and niacin time too… Monday morning hangovers suck!T-M@tt