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What does a master personal trainer mean?

Tyler Spraul is the director of UX and the head trainer for Exercise.com. He has his Bachelor of Science degree in pre-medicine and is an NSCA-certified strength and conditioning specialist. He is a former All-American soccer player and still coaches soccer today. In his free time, he enjoys reading, learning, and living the dad life. He has been featured in Shape, Healthline, HuffPost, Women's...

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UPDATED: Aug 25, 2020

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  • A master trainer has extensive knowledge and experience in various specializations.
  • Most master trainers are equipped to create meal plans and personalized fitness plans.
  • You need to consider your specific needs and goals before hiring a personal trainer.

When you decide to work with a personal trainer, it’s important that you don’t become preoccupied with titles. A personal trainer’s effectiveness is based on their ability to demonstrate how actively they support your goals.

Nevertheless, as is the case with any job, different titles mean different things. One such title in the world of personal training is the master personal trainer.

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What Is a Master Personal Trainer?

To become a master trainer, a trainer needs to be an expert in what they are teaching. Trainers need to help their clients understand how to be successful in their fitness journey and why they need to do the work. When clients understand the reason behind the work, it’s usually easier for them to reach their goals.

But becoming a master trainer is a process of continual learning. A master trainer needs to pass their wisdom along to their clients. A master personal trainer should possess the following five abilities:

  • Educating
  • Participating
  • Demonstrating
  • Innovating
  • Help clients graduate

A master trainer is an effective educator. They teach clients about their training program, show them how to start their fitness journey, and offer encouragement every step of the way. By analyzing a client’s health and body weight, a master trainer can teach clients the right exercises they need to be doing and the best way to balance cardio with weight training.

Master trainers also know they need to be proactive with exercise demonstration. Clients must understand the reason why they need to follow a specific plan and see how it works.

Since most people learn by example, a master trainer has to be willing to be a role model for success.

But what if you’re on the receiving end? What if you’re not sure what to look for in a personal trainer? Do you need a master trainer, or is it okay to work out with one from your local gym? They have the same qualifications, don’t they?


In the fitness arena, the title of master trainer can mean a lot of different things, depending on the facility and location. Typically applying to instructors of certification courses, some fitness centers have a master trainer on staff as part of their marketing strategy. The criteria for reaching and maintaining master trainer status will vary.

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Do Your Homework

There are several personal training courses that stand out above the masses. According to the Minnesota School of Business, the American Council on Exercise, the American Fitness Professionals and Associates, and the American College of Sports Medicine are the top three certifying organizations. Keep in mind that many highly qualified personal trainers earned their accreditation somewhere else.

Consider Your Needs

A master trainer has greater expertise in one or many given areas, so consider your specific needs and goals beforehand. If money is an issue, you may want to consider that as well. The cost of working with a master trainer should be justified by the quality of services you receive. Extensive knowledge doesn’t always equate to better results.

Personal Trainer Qualifications

Credentials and titles do have their place, but finding a trainer you feel comfortable with should be your primary goal. Unfortunately, accreditation isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on unless your trainer demonstrates the skills and experience they claim to have.

If your trainer can’t adequately explain how he or she can help you reach your fitness goals, then you need to find someone who can.

Excluding extraordinary cases, an experienced trainer will guide you in the right direction. More advanced needs do require the expertise of a master trainer.

To become a master trainer, one must narrow their skillset down to what their clients want to learn and make the process easy to understand. Giving the process meaning will go a long way towards clients’ overall success. A master trainer will always actively demonstrate their core values both in and out of the gym.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I find a personal trainer?

You can either search directly online, ask your local gym, or use our PRO membership to access online personal trainers.

Can personal trainers come to your house?

Yes! Some personal trainers do train clients in their own homes.

What if I don’t like my personal trainer?

That’s completely okay! Finding a personal trainer that you connect with is important. If you do not like your personal trainer, make sure that you cancel any upcoming appointments to avoid being charged and either ask your gym for a new trainer or ask friends or family if they have any recommendations.

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