"Sure you have to know your stuff with the science and have the certifications, but you have to be able to connect with your client right away in order for them to get results," ACE-certified personal trainer Ben Boudro says. "You wouldn't believe the stuff I hear from my clients. They open up to me about everything: divorce, kids, boyfriends, money, secrets. Once they open up with me, I can almost guarantee that I'll get the best results with them."
Don't let your trainer become your BFF
You want to train with someone you like and respect, and enjoy spending the hour with. But sometimes, clients and trainers cross the line from being professional to being too buddy-buddy.
"This results in lackluster workouts where the trainer is too busy chatting, or being distracted by other outside stimulus," NSCF-certified personal trainer Virginia Kinkel, owner of Bodymass Gym in Arlington, VA, explains. She says if the relationship becomes too casual, the trainers themselves can become flaky, blow off their clients, and scheduling could be a nightmare.