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What Qualities, Beyond Expertise, Does A Personal Trainer Need to Succeed?

bnb Feb 27, 2017

Highly successful personal trainers; Kevan Watson, Glenn Holmes, and Tony Jeffries.
give their tips on how they acquire and retain clients in Los Angeles, the most highly competitive place on Earth for personal trainers.

Click to listen to “What Makes a Great Personal Trainer?” on our Box’n Life Podcast


Beyond your expertise you should have emotional intelligence, open communication, build trust, stay educated, and be a trainer that genuinely cares about your clients and understands what make them tick to keep them motivated.


Boxing starts from the ground up. Often times simple adjustments made to foot placement or movement is all that is necessary to fix an error in form. However, there are instances when more advanced and delicate corrections are necessary. A good trainer will be able to pinpoint & identify flaws in technique and mechanics of all degrees quickly and give precise yet clear instruction to fix them.

Perhaps the most important aspect of being a good trainer is safety. Boxing tends to be associated with injuries due to the violent nature of competitive boxing; nevertheless, boxing for fitness can be associated with injuries to the knuckles, wrists, elbows, & back. For a beginner boxer, safety begins and ends with the trainer. Wrists and knuckle injuries can be avoided by a secure hand wrap and instruction to keep a tight fist when throwing punches, and injuries to the elbows and back can be minimized by your attention to detail in teaching the sweet science as well as a thorough warm up. Another key component to safety is communication, which we will discuss below.

“Failing to prepare, is preparing to fail”. A good instructor is always prepared for a session. Preparation includes programming your client, ensuring that they are being progressed at appropriately. Without preparation trainers may have the tendency to progress their boxers too quickly, leading to a lack of understanding of fundamentals, and often leading to injury or frustration from the boxer. Organization & Preparation will also guarantee you look knowledgeable and professional.

As mentioned before, communication is vital for ensuring safety. One of the first and most important things to establish when teaching boxing is communication and trust. If you don’t have an open line of communication and trust between you and your boxer, then there is an increased likelihood of injury & frustration. Therefore, requesting feedback from your boxer is not only smart but essential. Knowing how your client is feeling and what they’re thinking will provide insight into how their minds process information, therefore giving you a clear understanding of how you can communicate more effectively.

Your attitude and energy will be what your boxer remembers most! Remember that boxing is brand new for the majority of people, and incredibly intimidating to try due to the nature of the sport. Positive reinforcement & smiling will go a long way to combat this! A high and positive energy output is also highly effective in creating enhanced performance & results from your client.

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