The first is that they have experience working with people with similar goals to yours and that they can relate to your life situation. Over the years, I’ve found that most fitness professionals and trainers fall into one of two categories. On the one hand, there are athletes and former athletes who get very excited about high level training and performance. They love pushing limits, and their clients. They usually possess a high level of technical knowledge. Secondly, we have trainers who have undergone a transformation themselves. They aren’t necessarily great athletes themselves, but perhaps they lost a lot of weight and learned to love their bodies. Perhaps they overcame a health crisis, and now they want to pay it forward by helping others. These are often supportive coaches with superior knowledge of nutrition and lifestyle factors involved in health and fitness. There are trainers who share both traits, but the point is that when you are looking for a trainer, ask about their origin story. Ask them why they do what they do and make sure that it fits with your goals. Don’t be afraid to ask for references or testimonials from other clients like you.