Why communication is an essential skill for personal trainers

by frank-stuart

Communication is one of the most important skills that a personal trainer can possess. Personal trainers have a responsibility to help people achieve their health and fitness goals. If you can’t communicate effectively with your clients, then you won’t be able to achieve the best results for them. Here are some reasons why good communication skills are so important in being a successful personal trainer.


As a personal trainer, you have to be able to motivate your clients to push themselves physically, to stick to a regime and to live a healthy lifestyle. In order to be able to motivate a client, you need to have the ability to assess their personality traits and work out what they respond to. Personal trainers will invariably have to deal with different personalities, so it’s important to construct your message to suit the client you are working with. A “one size fits all” approach simply won’t work.

Good motivators will use encouragement to spur on their students. Positive reinforcement is key to building confidence and drive. Some people need more encouragement than others, while some may respond better to more forthright language. It’s your challenge as a personal trainer to find out what motivates your clients, and to communicate it to them. Once your clients start seeing positive results, that in itself will likely act as a motivating force.


Just as important as motivation is education. One of your goals as a personal trainer should be to educate your clients about healthy habits and productive exercise routines. Personal trainers have the opportunity to empower people to live happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives, through education.

It goes without saying that personal trainers must have a sound knowledge of fitness to educate others about fitness, but they also need to communicate that message. Knowledge alone isn’t enough to be a good educator. Verbal communication is a key component of education, along with teaching by example. How will you communicate your message in an easily digestible, engaging way? It takes confidence, knowledge, a satisfactory grasp of language, and plenty of practice.


If you’re a good communicator, you will be a more confident personal trainer who will in turn instill confidence in your clients. Your clients will have more faith in your training program if you can demonstrate your knowledge of fitness with authority.

You might to become a personal trainer because you are passionate about fitness. Even if you don’t have natural communication skills, formal study and plenty of practice will enhance your ability to communicate.

A career in personal fitness can be extremely rewarding. For more information about kick-starting your career in personal fitness, have a look at ACPE’s fitness and sports science courses.

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