UEFP Joining the Other Personal Trainers in Michigan
It won’t be long until Upper Echelon Fitness and Performance (UEFP) opens up its doors. We’re pumped to be joining the other personal trainers in Michigan. You may be wondering about what separates us from the competition. We hope a lot of things, but that doesn’t mean all of us personal trainers can’t get along. Our goal as a company is to form a niche in the Wixom-Novi-Northville area as a leader in personal training and helping clients reach their goals.
With that being said, I thought it would be best to open up the blog with explaining what a good personal trainer is. In an industry with no regulations, it’s important for a trainer to form his or her own professional standards and adhere to them. After all, it’s a career, not a job.
Here’s what we believe makes a great personal trainer:
1. A background in the sciences – A degree isn’t the end-all be-all in education, but it’s a good start. A trainer should have a working knowledge in functional anatomy and exercise physiology. If they don’t know what happens to the body when you start exercising, how can they be any good?
2. No one-size-fits-all-approach – No two people are the same. They have different needs, wants, and the way they respond to exercise is different. Some clients can handle a ton of work, others not so. Some respond best to heavier loads while others work best with moderate weight and high reps. Others love running, some hate it. I think you get the idea. A good coach can spot a client’s strengths and weaknesses and put together a comprehensive program based on that. This is where the art meets the science.
3. Weaknesses – Speaking of those weaknesses, the best personal trainers explain to clients the importance of working on their weaknesses, not just their strengths. I know trainers who literally let the client run the session. They’re scared that having the client work on any weak links in their games means a bruised ego and a client walking out the door for the last time. Neglecting those weaknesses means that you’re doing a huge disservice to the client and even setting them up for a possible injury.
4. Not being your workout buddy – A trainer shouldn’t be your workout friend. A workout friend is someone that you tag along with to the gym to talk about your day, your rude boss, and your plans for the weekend. A good trainer holds you accountable, knows when to push, knows when to back off, and helps you work past your barriers. Much of this means being honest with the client, and a workout buddy isn’t going to be the one to tell you what you need to hear.
5. A professional – A trainer needs to be a health professional, plain and simple. This means devoting their time to you and refraining from using their cell phone during your sessions and looking at themselves in the mirror (trust me, I’ve seen worse than this). I met a trainer who spent his client’s sessions talking about himself. This means that for the entire hour the client heard about the trainer’s workouts, business goals, and family problems. That’s not cool in the UEFP training world. People have their own problems, and when you’re in the service industry, you leave your problems at the door.
Is this a complete list of everything that makes a good trainer? No, but we covered the major ones. These are just some of our standards at UEFP, and our core values don’t always mesh with those of everyone else. However, we don’t compromise on our core values for the sake of getting a client – that wouldn’t be very professional, now would it?