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What To Look For In A Quality Strength Coach Or Personal Trainer!

What To Look For In A Quality Strength Coach Or Personal Trainer!

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Well if you are currently looking for a strength coach or trainer then look no further! 😉 Ok, if circumstances don’t make it possible for us to train then this article should be the next best thing for you. Well, it will at least help to move you in the right direction. If you are serious about results, but aren’t sure about which path is best to get those results then you might want to hire some good help. If that is the case for you then tune in right here and keep on reading along to find out what you should look for before making that hire!

Just Some Advice From A Strength Coach!

Ok, so earlier this week I posted a tip on my Facebook wall that centered around what determines the BEST training program. Here is that post in full:

What determines the best training program? I would say the coach and the participant(s). There are many methods of training and what method you can execute the best, the one that is specific for you, and the one you believe in the most is the best one, period. 

For instance, cross training is one way to train the body. Interval training is another way to train the body. A third way is circuit training. If you have a coach that understands the body and can effectively create a program for what you need and then you can go out and execute that program then that is a winning combination. 

The important thing is being able to recognize skill set, progression, and need. That is up to the coach, but listening and following instructions are up to the participant(s). So referring back to the original point the combination of these two elements is what dictates the quality of the training program, but the best programs absolutely require the BEST of BOTH!

So assuming you are THAT student then maybe you are looking for THAT coach or trainer to achieve what I stated on my Facebook Page wall post here. I mean if you are going to go then go all out; right? Well obviously I would love for that option to be yours truly, but I do understand that it’s impossible for me to train every person out there that happens to share the same competitive let’s go out and kick some a*s together attitude.  Because of this I am going to give you some pointers on some things to consider if you and I are unable to match up our schedules and you need to go hire someone else.

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So where do I start? Well, ole BR is going to start out first by addressing some problems that you can find online and probably right out in your own community. First of all, many would tell you to go and hire the guy or girl with the so called “best” certification or degree. Assuming that anyone could go out and argue what the “best” is I would first just like to utter the great words of Lee Corso “Not so fast my friend!”

Look a degree and a certification are great. I mean I’d be the first to tell you that I’m a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), but there have been too many occasions where I’ve personally witnessed a strength coach or trainer with a respectable degree and certification to not earn my trust in their abilities as coaches any more than Charles Manson would earn my trust to run a daycare. There are too many strength coaches and trainers out there that want to brag about what certification they have or what organization they are a part more than actually demonstrating any logical approach to a well rounded strength training system. Now having said that any CSCS, NSCA-CPT, or ACSM is a great start.

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Now digging a little deeper a lot of these people are more about creating perceptions rather than “getting results!” If you are trying to narrow down a solid option to make a good hire I would look at the guy or girl’s track record as a coach or trainer. If they are well educated and are certified by a respected organization then that is just a cherry on top of everything else. You’ve got to be willing to look at the whole pie and not just a piece my friend.

In addition to this I would also encourage to try and speak to the person so that you can interview them first. If you can ask the strength coach or trainer a few questions and then they can answer those questions intelligently then that is also a good start. What they say is important, but how they go about saying it is also just as important. A quality strength coach or trainer has to be a great communicator and that little interview is going to be your first taste of those communication skills when you are looking to hire. Consider all of these when looking into hiring a strength coach or trainer for yourself. Reputation, background, experience, and their impression on you should be the selling points.

Once you have made the choice and you have hired a good strength coach then it is up to you to be a quality student. As the quote stated earlier it takes both a great coach and student in order to be the BEST training program. Hopefully this was all very helpful. Hopefully you can schedule in with me, but if not then maybe this little guide will help you to make a good decision.

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Remember that most anyone can train hard, but only the best train smart my friend. In order to get my latest updates and more make sure that you LIKE my Facebook page so that you can see quotes like the one earlier along with a ton of other cool stuff!




I'm a Certified Strength And Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and author. I have had over 17 years experience in MMA fitness, strength and conditoning, and athletic performance for most every sport. As an author and specialist I've written close to a million words on fitness and strength. I'm also a Muay Thai practictioner and enjoy helping others to reach their peak potential through fitness and performance.

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