Just came across this thread and I'd thought I'd share my opinion.
So, I joined the gym back in June and knew right away that I wanted a trainer because I had no clue what to do, how to do it, and I just wanted some assistance cause I work better when someone is pushing me.
Over the past four months, I've had a total of three trainers.
My first two trainers were really in shape, as soon as I saw them, I was like **** I'm gonna get my ass kicked in these workouts. Now, obviously they were all very kind, helpful, knowledgeable and helped me get to where I am so far. My last trainer wasn't in shape as the other two, but still was very knowledgeable, but he had a bit of a stomach and wasn't that muscular.
My personal opinion is that you don't have to have a bodybuilder physique and have muscles on top of muscles, but you should at least be in very good shape. Now, I don't like to be judgmental, but when I signed up and they said here's your trainer, the first thing I look at is looks. I looked at the his physique, his muscles, etc. I think that ultimately inspired me and motivated me because my trainer looked good, why can't I. Obviously it's not about him showing off to me, but it's more motivating when someone that has a good physique is pushing you, verses someone who is not.
Also, I think what's also is more important is not just the trainer's looks, but how he trains you. All of my trainers would show me what to do, and explain what that would do for the muscle group I was working on. Now, I understand that when there's a whole lot of people in the gym training at once, your trainer can't be hogging a machine when someone else wants to you use it. But for example, I have a track in the middle of the gym where I'd do sprint intervals and such. What I liked was that he wasn't just standing on the sidelines going "Good job, keep it up", he would be right there next to me, either doing it with me, or at least keeping up with me and telling me that. I felt more of a drive or push to finish that sprint when they were right alongside with, as oppose to just standing there watching you.
To sum up, I think that looks are important to me because it in return motivates me to improve my physique and also someone who is right there doing the workouts with you because it drives you and makes you want to finish it not only for yourself but for your trainer.
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