Most people really find themselves vulnerable inside the gym—the intimidating workout equipment and trainers present. Therefore finding the personal trainer who will make you feel comfortable enough to lower your guards and make you feel comfortable enough to expose your biggest flaws through your fitness journey.

Don’t think that you’re just being picky—they’re called “personal” trainers for a reason. Since they will be your partner as you begin your journey, they should fit with your personality.

Clients will need to do more research to find the perfect fitness coach. It’s important to consider everything from what your trainer wears to how they talk.

Here are five qualities you should look for in a personal trainer:

  1. Patience and Honesty

This should be the number one quality you look for in a personal trainer. As the cliché goes, achieving your fitness goal will not happen overnight. Patience is the key to a good client-trainer relationship.

Your Personal Trainers should understand that you will have many questions and clarifications you might want to ask them, and not take it against you. They should not also want to see results, since what works for one client may not work for another. Your personal trainer should do an assessment of your body, as well as take into consideration your needs, wants, restrictions and the like.

Trainers should also be truthful, transparent and honest to their clients no matter what. They should not give you false promises and hopes, but reassure you that they will be with you every step of the way.

  1. Great Communication Skills

Your trainer should be a great communicator, especially when they talk about the technical part of working out you should know. They should be able to explain to you the implications of your nutrition, workout and generally how the body works scientifically.

During sessions which they can’t be physically with you inside the gym, they should be able to explain things to you on the phone and give clear instructions how to do certain moves without physically being present through every workout.

Since communication is a two-way street, they should also encourage feedback from you and try their best to make you feel comfortable enough to say your honest thoughts, whether you’re having a hard time or when you feel like there’s no improvement.

  1. Professionalism

Despite the relationship you’re cultivating with them, they are still doing their job. You can befriend your personal trainer, but a certain level of professionalism should still be clear for both of you.

This would mean that sessions should not be compromised by hours of story-telling or, routines made easier because the both of you became friends. At the same time, there should be fairness when it comes to fees and charges. The duration of your training session, the location and the experience level of your personal trainer will dictate the cost of your session.

  1. Educated and Well-trained

Because there is nothing more convincing that a person will do a great job aside from their resume and credentials, it is important that you take time to read and understand their credibility based on their education and training.

In Australia, aspiring trainers should study in a full course and pass necessary qualifying tests and accreditation. Most cover exercise physiology, training and exercise procedures, nutrition, functional anatomy of the body and weight management.

Regardless of accreditation, great personal trainers take it as a personal responsibility to stay up-to-date with the latest fitness trends and new research published in scientific journals and continue efforts of improving themselves—physically and mentally.

  1. Great Personality

As a client, you want to feel comfortable and trust that your trainer has your best interest in mind. Believe it or not, personal trainers are one of the few people that will see you at your lowest point, during the times you look your worst and you should feel okay with it.

Like a friend, they should be understanding and ready to listen and compromise. But at the same time, as a trainer, they should stick to their rules and not let you slack off your workout routine and program.