Personal trainer – how to choose the right one

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Personal trainer – a profession that has recently expanded in the population in an incredible way. The reason is, of course, the work perspective – the need for these people is still rising with the growing percentage of diseases of civilization and the overall comfort of human life. Other reasons why one sets out on this path may be the attractiveness of this work, the variety, but certainly also the financial evaluation, which is often not bad.

But what can we expect from a person who calls himself a personal trainer?

If he rightly says so, according to Czech legislation, we can assume that he has a trade license issued for this work.

As this is a tied trade, it is necessary to achieve a certain education in order to get this authorization.

The minimum requirement is the completion of an accredited course (MEYS), where it is a roughly 14-day training culminating in an exam, after which the person is qualified for this activity. Another possibility is another, higher specialized education – university – on the basis of which he is allowed to work again.


Unfortunately, the low requirements for this work in the form of one course have created a huge competition and especially for you – clients a huge selection. But how to know it? How to choose a coach?

Coach selection

If for any reason you decide to exercise with a coach, you are definitely doing the right thing. As one of my colleagues says, “A coach should also have a coach.” But how to choose the right one in this number of experts?

I had a huge urge to write the word experts in quotation marks, because a lot of people called in this way should definitely not have the right to call themselves an expert.

Let’s look at a few points that your coach should meet.


Although some will tell you that their many years of training have taught them everything they need, this is not the case. Nobody knows everything and, as in many other fields, there is a need to constantly educate and develop.

I don’t want to say that the more licenses and workshops the coach has behind him, the direct proportion is related to his quality, but it definitely says something about his efforts to move forward.

The price of individual trainings is a good sign that the coach really does it for some professional growth.

On the other hand, unfortunately, many trainings and workshops are only graduate, ie without any output.

Introduction, introductory class

It is common practice to have one training available, some free time to try to see if the coach will suit you. After all, it’s working with people and not everyone sits down with everyone. That is why it is necessary to be clear on issues of sympathy.

As for the first hour, it should be all about you. The coach should first ask about your goal, time possibilities, sports history, experience with exercise, but mainly about your health.

If you have a medical complication, even an experienced coach will ask you for a doctor’s recommendation or confirmation that you can definitely do activities, or will want to know what you can not do.

In the next part, the practical diagnostics should come into play – there is no way for you to arrange an introductory lesson with the coach and he will start training with you without anything.

They must be interested in your posture, your muscle imbalances, and observe basic movements. You should definitely have a complete examination for shortened and weakened muscles. The important thing – he should write everything down honestly.

Preparation for training

Already during the first or second training, he should acquaint you with a look at the long-term perspective of your training plan – how many times a week, what exactly, what rules you should follow outside of training, etc.

Every training lesson should be prepared by the coach, not just improvise and, if necessary, make notes about weights and other things.

To the question “What does my buttocks hurt from last time?” should respond without problems thanks to the preparations. Which, of course, is not a reason to prepare for training units.

If it is impossible to train together, it should help you draw up a plan that needs to be followed for the time being.

Measurement, testing, evaluation

At the beginning of the joint training, he should perform the input measurement, or challenge you to it – weighing, measuring the percentage of fat, muscle, measuring cm – in short, everything that is needed according to your goal.

However, this measurement should be repeated at regular intervals so that you can both find out if you are moving somewhere and the path he has chosen for you is the right one…

Definitely don’t take it as a mistake when sometimes no change happens – but then the coach should change something in the training to start changing something.

Supervision, correction

Until a few years ago, a coach was considered to be a man who told you, “This machine twenty times! One, two, three…”

You probably wouldn’t want to pay a few hundred crowns an hour for this model. For an ordinary counter.

It is necessary for the trainer to pay attention to you during the entire exercise, to check the exact technique, to assist, correct and lead the training as a whole.

It should literally run around you – check from all sides whether your body is built as it should be. If this is not the case, correct it with words and a pre-questioned touch.


Over time, if you do everything as you intended, you should achieve your goals, if not, something is wrong.