Their Teaching Style
Does the teacher look at what YOU are doing and adapt to how your body is reacting? Or does everyone do every exercise the same?
Are the teachers´ instructions normally easy to follow? (We all have days when we confuse left and right). Do they use their hands to teach as well?
You should be looking for a teacher who is watching what is happening to your body and correcting it clearly and physically if necessary. You don’t want someone who is just repeating a script from the corner of the room. You may as well buy a DVD. It’s cheaper.
The Effect Of Their Teaching On Your Body
This one is easy. Does your body normally feel good as a result of their class? We all have off days (teacher and student alike), but if it usually takes you several days to feel OK again after a class then something is wrong. If you normally walk out of your class feeling amazing you know that whatever that person is doing works.
The Teacher’s Own Competence
Ask how long their training took. If it was only a month long then you need to wonder how much they actually learnt. Does your teacher keep studying? Do they regularly take classes? Do they keep developing their teaching skills? Can they practice what they preach?
A trainer who did their mat certification over four weekends and now prefers to do yoga or Zumba to keep fit is going to be quite different from someone who did a year long, full apparatus certification of 1000 hours and trains in Pilates 3 or 4 times a week.