trainerkp saidI think that personality and training style has a lot to do with making a good match. Figure out whether you want a drill sargent or a cheerleader and ask them which they are.
I think that Tailgaytor has some good suggestions on making the right match and your gym should offer this as a way of finding the right trainer.
I wouldn't be so absolute on some things as RealMasc (no offense) as sometimes focusing on core training isn't what/where the client needs to be. Sometimes a stable/seated surface is required (i.e. back injuries, etc) and leg machines can have benefits and their own place in a specific workout.
I have built very strong (pun only slightly intended) relationships with the majority of my clients and it is that level of trust that we have built together that allows me to push them to areas where they never thought they could go. I would say to you that it is very important that you feel that this trainer is someone that you can build that level of trust with.
Hope this helps!!
no offense but if you're a trainer shame on you.
the core is your center of gravity ..everything evolves around your core.
putting a person with a back injury on a stable machine WILL NOT teach them how to function properly but yet it will confine and limit them. All you're doing is turning off their stabilizers.
I work with people who have all kinds of back problems from scoliosis, spondylolysis, spondylolisthesis, herniated discs,bulging discs , degenrative discs and even a young girl with her L-4,L-5 and S-1 fused together. I even specialize in back training,,just passed Scientific Back Training course from the CHEK institute. Machines for the most part have no carry over into real life ,when will you need to be on your ass to push or pull weight ?? So if you have someone with a back injury , any good trainer knows that you go after the glutes and core first to make them stronger, mimicking real life situations not bodybuilding .
Same thing for the leg machines...all you need to do is squat,lunge and deadlift..and yes all my back clients can perform them free of pain..even the girl with the fusion. These leg curls ,leg presses don't mimic anything that we do in real life..they have no carry over...well maybe a hamstring curl face down if you're getting raped and you need to kick him off LOL
back to the drawing board.