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How to Pick a Bodybuilding Personal Trainer Who Will Help You Win Competitions

Have you been wanting to throw your hat in the ring when it comes to bodybuilding competitions? Not sure what you need in a bodybuilding personal trainer to help you reach your goals though? Our top personal trainers in Calgary have you covered with this basic guide. 

Bodybuilding competitions require extreme dedication, perseverance, and guidance in order for any competitor to be successful on stage. While the first two elements of that equation are wholly dependent on the competitor, the last one is only partially in the hands of the person wanting to be crowned. Who they select to guide them through their competition prep will have a huge influence on their results, which is why it's so important to pick the right bodybuilding personal trainer right off the bat.

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How to Pick a Bodybuilding Personal Trainer That Will Help You Win Competitions

Competing in bodybuilding is not for the faint of heart. It takes near subhuman discipline and dedication to reach the upper echelon of the sport. While there are many guides and bodybuilding nutrition plans or coaches online now, they can't compete with the one-on-one guidance and customization an in-person bodybuilding trainer can provide. Here's what you need to look for in one when narrowing down your search.

Prior competition experience

We usually begin the selection criteria section of these articles when it comes to what to look for in a personal trainer with certification. But bodybuilding is an entirely different beast from your standard fitness or weight loss regimen. While we'll touch on certification soon, we believe prior competition experience trumps all when picking the right bodybuilding personal trainer to help you win competitions.

Why? Because these trainers have competed in the competitions you're hoping to take home the title in and know what it takes to be successful in them. Look for trainers who have competed in (and hopefully won) CBBF (Canadian Bodybuilding Federation), CPA (Canadian Physique Alliance), or other IFBB-related competitions. These trainers will know the nutritional and fitness diet info you need to hit the stage in peak physical shape and will be able to guide you about what to do once you're finally under the bright lights.

What You Should Look for In a Personal Trainer


You want to be sure that the person training you to compete in bodybuilding competitions has a strong grasp of personal training fundamentals. As the personal training industry is unregulated in Canada, certifications serve to protect you from falling victim to an unknowledgeable or negligent trainer. In North America, the most highly respected personal training organizations or certifications are: 

  • CSEP-CPT (Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology — Certified Personal Trainer)
  • NSCA-CPT (National Strength and Conditioning Association — Certified Personal Trainer)
  • NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine)
  • NFPT (National Federation of Personal Trainers)
  • ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine)

If your prospective bodybuilding personal trainer doesn't have one of the above certifications or training from the listed organizations, be sure to ask where they received their personal training certification from. Then head online and do some digging into how difficult it is to achieve that certification. 

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Attitude and personality

Having a highly-certified bodybuilding personal trainer with tons of competition wins under their belt won't do you much good if you don't get along with them or respect their advice. Because bodybuilding is such a draining and exhausting sport that requires near-total devotion to your workouts and nutrition plan, you'll need to lean on your trainer for the moral and motivational support it takes to be successful in this arena.

Try to find a trainer you have a good rapport with right off the start and see if they offer any trial or introductory training packages. This will allow you to get a feel for their training style and see if you two are a good fit for one another. You can also ask the trainer for references and reach out to their past clients to see what they have to say. Ideally, they will have helped other clients reach their competition goals and their former clients will speak glowingly of them. Be wary of anyone who speaks either too highly or remains reticent during your conversation. The former may just be good buddies with the trainer, while the latter may not want to offend the trainer or speak negatively about them despite not having a good experience using their services.


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