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5 Skills Needed to Become a Successful Trainer or Coach

5 Skills Needed to Become a Successful Personal Trainer or Fitness Coach

Hello Team NESTA!

As you know, you are well on your way to becoming the next top trainer or fitness coach in your area!

In addition to a credential and certification, there are a handful of characteristics that will make a huge difference in your training and coaching business, and the continued loyalty of your clients.  

As you continue to work through your course, you can also hone these five skills below, and ensure that you will become a sought-after and successful trainer or coach.


As a personal trainer or fitness coach, you will need to be sensitive to the physical and mental limitations of your clients.  You will need to ensure that your clients do not feel discouraged if they are not able to do a particular exercise or part of your program.

Personality and Social Skills

As a trainer or coach, having a friendly and outgoing personality will help clients warm-up to you and look forward to their sessions. A successful trainer or coach will go out of their way to connect with their clients by encouraging them to talk about themselves and ask open-ended questions to get an insight into their requirements and inclinations.


Personal training is all about inspiring people to work their bodies towards achieving certain health and fitness goals. As a trainer, you will have to know how to motivate your clients to sweat it out and push the limits of their endurance in order for them to complete a workout routine and meet their fitness goals.


A great deal of imagination and creativity will be needed to maintain your client’s interest and motivation. Monotony will kill your clients’ motivation! A personal trainer should always be on the lookout for innovative and exciting methods of training, and to design challenging and enjoyable workout routines that your clients will always feel motivated by, and never bored with their sessions.

Professionalism and Discipline

Like with any other career, as a trainer or coach, you will need to have the highest standards of professionalism in the way you present yourself as well as how you conduct yourself with and around your clients. It is extremely important to be polite and sincere when working with a client and to show them that you value their time. Remember, the path to fitness requires lifestyle changes and calls for a great deal of commitment and self-control. As a personal trainer, you will lead by example and help your clients navigate their path to health and fitness.

Keep up the great work! And remember, you have what it takes to be one of the best!

P.S. – Don’t forget that you can always reach out and find support in the NESTA and Spencer Institute Support Group. If you haven’t already, join our community on Facebook!

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