1. Above all else, do no harm – As a personal trainer you should make this your top priority.  Make certain that the program design is appropriate for the client.  Every trainer is responsible for taking an approach that minimizes the probability of injury.
  2. Remember that you will never know it all – Despite the credentials you have acquired, there will ALWAYS be someone, somewhere who knows more about the human body as it relates to exercise, than you.  Remain humble and be welcoming of new information.  At the same time, don’t believe everything you hear/read.  As a general rule of thumb I typically seek information that can be verified via peer reviewed research articles.
  3. Practice what you preach – Some people will be hesitant to workout with a trainer who doesn’t seem to live a healthy lifestyle.  It can be comforting to know that an individual who shares health related avice with you also applies these ideas to their own body.  Leading by example can also serve as a great form of motivation for many clients.
  4. Stay current in your field – Publications are frequently released with modified or rejected information that was previously accepted.  The field of exercise science has also made significant advances in our understanding of how the human body responds to exercise.  By utilizing the most up to date information, a trainer better equips themselves to design an effective program to help clients meet their individual goals.
  5. Don’t just train. Educate – As a personal trainer you should make certain that each of your clients has a fairly thorough understanding of proper form, use of equipment, and “Why” you selected specific exercises for them.  Ideally, in your absence, clients should be comfortable taking themselves through a meaningful workout.  Being knowledgeable about exercise increases the likelihood that participants will adapt exercise as a lifestyle habit.