Fifteen years ago, when I started the personal training business there were only 35 to 40 certified professional fitness trainers in Egypt and we all knew each other by name and reputation. Today, the situation is a bit different as there are many more trainers. 

Yes,  some of them are really good with proper experience and others have almost no experience, just maybe a good shape, or experience with losing a few pounds, based on which they decided to sell online personal training. 

So how can one know for certain that the trainer they are choosing is reliable in guiding them to achieve their fitness goals? 

Here Are a Few Elements to Look at Before Deciding on Your Personal Trainer

1. Education

Because being a Personal Trainer requires a series of quite complicated series of processes, one has to educate themselves well in many different subjects, such as Physiology, Anatomy, Biomechanics, Program Design to mention a few. Some trainers may also choose to go an extra mile and study Nutrition, Physiotherapy or even Personal Training for Youth and Seniors, all this makes sure they target the right ailments in all clients regardless of their category.

So the first thing to do when looking for a trainer is to ask them about their qualification before deciding to start the journey with them as a mentor. 

Don’t feel embarrassed to ask these questions as being a good trainer combines education along with experience.


2. Experience

What’s education without applying the knowledge acquired from it?

Without applying the knowledge we have turning it into real life experiences, we have NOTHING!

Personal Training is a  practical profession not only theoretical, consider this while choosing a PT. 

Look for someone who has real clients showing the results of their work, such as for instance, someone who helped a client replacing fat with muscle and gaining strength.

Now, that’s a trainer who truly knows what they’re doing, So ALWAYS look for real results with real clients.


3. Commitment

Punctuality is key!

A good trainer will have a time table for their day on which to arrange schedules and manage their time. Timing in the personal training business is critical, starting from how to manage meals, morning cardio and weight lifting sessions. Any cancellation without a 24 hours notice is not a good sign.


4. Conduct 

A good personal trainer believes in what they preach, not only they believe it, they actually live by it. The results of his/her hard work will be easily observed by you as a  client.

The trainer’s  physical shape, seriousness in conducting their own training sessions, their eating habits, and more will show what type of results training with that specific trainer will yield. After all, you can’t follow someone who is not leading by example.


5. Focus

Many trainers may use the needs of their clients to quickly reach their personal goals. Those trainers are about making a profit out of clients, through selling underground steroids regardless of the client’s health conditions or needs of taking such supplements, and the risks that may occur using those drugs. So, never go for a trainer who gives merits to pills on achieving a structured body shape.

Finally, my personal advice, especially for beginners, is to NOT DO ONLINE TRAINING. 

The progress for beginners takes a different approach, as in their early phase of training they will need more of “one on one” sessions in order to be able to master the exercises. 

Never buy online training programs if you’ve not been training in an actual gym for at least a whole year without getting injured, and it goes without saying that the trainer needs to have the qualities mentioned above in order to be able to guide you through the “Training Programs” which will help you achieve your goals faster.

Choose wisely guys as the market is full of unqualified trainers who claim to be the best out there.