Updated: Feb 21, 2019
Since starting my personal training career I have often been asked what I think are the most important skills a successful personal trainer should have.
It’s a difficult question and there are many layers to being a valued and respected personal trainer; experience, evidential technical skills, stamina (!) and the ability to instil both confidence and respect in those you work with.
But me for one of the most important skills to have, whether through instinct, training, experience or a combination of, is to be able to work with the most crucial people in the personal training equation, which are the clients.
Being able to work with your peers and colleagues is important also, and the ability to network and establish professional connections (particularly with those whose valuable technical skills you may wish to draw upon in the future) is vital, but being able to build positive and healthy relationships with clients is really the most crucial aspect of personal training.
This is partly because personal training is, at the end of the day, a client service position, but also, at a deeper and more fundamental level, personal training is also about working with another individual (or individuals) to build fitness and personal satisfaction and then to be able to measure that success in visual and physical terms.
Or to put it another way, to succeed as a personal trainer, your client has to succeed and be able to show that they have succeeded (whether in the form of incre