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What makes a great personal trainer?

What makes a great personal trainer? We can help.

Finding you spend more time at the gym than your home? We have no problem with that. Whether you come to train, lift, box, or just hang out, we welcome you here at The Park Gym. Actually, it’s part of our mantra.

Perhaps you’ve been thinking about turning this fitness addiction of yours into a full-time gig. We will warn you, it will take some training. Why do you think they call it training? Kidding aside, you will have to be determined, disciplined, and dedicated if you want to establish yourself as a sought-after trainer in what is already a highly-competitive field. Don’t let this warning change your course. We’re here to move and motivate you in the right direction.

Five must-have training skills to becoming a personal trainer

There are five key characteristics to becoming a personal trainer (PT), and they’re something we look for when hiring our trainers at The Park Gym. One of these attributes isn’t any less important than the next. Each is interwoven and plays a pivotable role in the next. For instance, for all the emotional intelligence you have, it doesn’t mean a thing if you don’t have strong people skills and you can’t express your thoughts well.

Must have PT skills include—

Emotional Intelligence

Anyone that knows us, we’re here to inspire, but more importantly, empathize with our clients. We know that not every person is on the same exercise and training journey as the next. That’s why Emotional Intelligence or EU is a must for any kick-ass trainer. Simply put, as a trainer, you have to manage the emotions of both your clients and yourself, which isn’t always that simple after pushing for a third set of 10 push-ups.

People Skills

Without strong People Skills, a personal trainer will find it difficult to manage the ins and outs of doing business. You have to have good communication skills. It is more than speaking, but listening as well as carefully watching and picking up on your client’s cues, which goes back to, you guessed it, EU.


Training takes time and Patience for your client of course, but for yourself as well. Again, no two clients and no two exercise programs or even workouts are the same. You’ll likely find many of your clients are extremely impatient with their results, so you will need to manage their expectations accordingly, and that takes time.


Motivation is different for each person. What works for one client isn’t going to work for another. Again, it is up to the trainer to hone in on those cues and lock into their client’s personality. And, successfully motivating your client isn’t just confined to the gym. Motivation means checking in with clients outside of workouts to make sure they are staying on course.


Of course, Experience or knowledge is critical to any level of training. Needless to say, a trainer has to be up to speed on all things healthy, and we all know that changes daily. Professional development is a must and is required. To become a personal trainer, you must pass your Level 2 Certification in Fitness Instruction. Once you’re certified in fitness, your next move is on to Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training.

Ready to become a personal trainer?

What do you think now? Are you still motivated to become a personal trainer? If so, we’ve done our job, again. Your next step is checking out all the different resources and varying courses for certification. There are a number of online programs to choose from, so be patient. See how well we are with empathizing with you? Sorry, that is the trainer in us.

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