mikeyslc saidBeen shopping around, have an appointment tomorrow. What should I be looking for? What makes a good instructor?
I've had a bunch of trainers, normally get a new one every six or so months. My opinion:
A) when they constantly check your form, show you how to do something and actually tell you to look at them from different angles to really understand the movements they are making, then they are worth the effort you will put in.
B) when they don't waste 20 minutes of your time doing cardio while they watch. Good trainers tend to tell you to come in earlier and do cardio before the session
C) when it doesn't feel like your not stuck in a routine with them. The last two I had was fantastic with this,being able to target the same muscle groups on the same "cycle" without you feeling like your going through the cycle.
D) when they understand the value of functional training and get you to actually invest your time in doing this too.
E) most importantly, when they actually remember your progression. If a trainer doesn't remember what weight your doing, doesn't write it down, or have a systematic way of increasing it then yea, eject him.
You get what you pay for. The certifications haven't been something I could use as a benchmark at all. The passion they had for what they did and what their clients looked like, that helped a lot.
The reason cycle through trainers though is because they each have their own style, so yea, changing one every few months is not a bad thing either.
My two cents worth ;)