This is no doubt a big decision as you will be investing your time and money to get coaching that is only as good as the trainer’s ability to establish a personable, professional and proficient relationship. Let’s break those three items down to help narrow your search:
Personable: A trainer’s personality, attitude and social awareness is the foundation of any great personal trainer. This person will be spending hours upon hours with you across months and sometimes years to make an impact in your life and as such, you must have:
- A connection to your personal progress that feels natural
- Communication that is clear and easy
- A sense of respect for your coach
- A sense of respect from your coach
While many work with a trainer who is personable and friendly, it’s important that this friendship connection does not overlook your need to be intently coached. That said, getting along with your trainer should be easy – if it isn’t, it’s probably time to look around for a new trainer!
Professional: A trainer has to have the credentials and insurance to work with you. At minimum, a current certification for personal training and a valid insurance policy with certificate. A trainer should be a functioning member to society, giving you proper receipts and records for their work. Anything less and you may be putting yourself at risk by working with someone who is under-insured. Weak business practices may also indicate weak ethic in other areas. When starting with a trainer, don’t feel bad about asking for an Email with scans of their certifications as well as a list of references you can call – the due diligence is well-worth it!
In addition to personal training certification, some trainers have additional certifications, and some trainers have completed a full bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. A Kinesiologist’s scope of practice will, on top of training, include assessing and addressing injuries and imbalances. Many kinesiologists have additional certifications and training in sports nutrition and certain therapies that can help maximize your progress when dealing with health conditions or injuries and imbalances.
Proficient: A trainer needs to be able to create a plan that is effective for you. Within 4-6 weeks of training, you should notice some significant changes and improvements in your ability to train and be active, and your specific goals should feel like they are being directly addressed.
Do you feel like you are not making progress? After assessing your work ethic and commitment, look to see if your trainer is providing enough direction to help you progress. Are they pushing or inspiring you forward? Are you being provided with training programs and practices that you can effectively do on your own?
A great trainer will not only provide a custom plan, but will explain why a plan is effective. If you feel you can’t believe in the effectiveness of an approach, that very disbelief will cut you short – instead, seek advice from someone you trust!
Our mission: At Ivanco, it’s our goal to provide a coach who is personable, professional and proficient, so you can get the very most out of working with a trainer. If you feel any one of these areas can be improved, open up the conversation – you should feel valued and empowered when working with a trainer!
As founder of Ivanco Fitness, my promise is to ensure your journey in fitness is unlocked and uplifted. It was the summer of 2012 and I was burnt out - I had spent over 10,000 hours personally training clients through rehabilitation to health, and from health to strength. Young and old and in between, I worked with these individuals to help them create their best version of themselves. While this brought me much joy, I was stressed, tired, and knew I was limited to only a small group of people I could help in this way. I had worked with other coaches along the way, and realized it was time to build a team and create a system that would allow talented coaches to create meaningful connections with those who seek to uplift their lives through physical training. Having brought the right people on board, Ivanco now works as a team of trainers, kinesiologists, holistic nutritionists and administrative staff to provide a more streamlined and versatile experience than an independent trainer could offer. Yours in health, Ivan.