The fitness industry, like any other, is filled with good and bad operators who will either give you great value for money, or be plain ripping you off.
We normally don’t pay too much attention to what others are doing but last week we saw something that stood out to us as a trainer blatantly wasting their clients time and money and it inspired us to write a list of the 5 most important things you should look for in your personal trainer or group exercise instructor.
1. THEIR FOCUS HAS TO BE ON YOU.
During a session, one on one or group, your trainer should be 100% focused on you, not their phone, not staring into the distance, not having a chat to passers by. They’re being paid to motivate you, keep you safe, and most of all, assist you in progressing towards your fitness goals. They can’t do this if they’re staring at their phone.
2. THE TRAINING IS GEARED TOWARDS WHAT YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE.
Often we’ll hear of people who’ve gone to trainers to seek help with specific issues such as a weak mid section or the want for stronger legs and all their trainer has done is take them for the odd run and done a few crunches each session. When you meet your trainer, ask them how they are going to get you where you want to go. Ask if they’ve had experience with it in the past and most importantly do a bit of research on the subject yourself so you can be well positioned to know if they’re right for the job.
As an exerciser, there’s inevitably going to be times when you can’t do specific movements in your training session due to any number of reasons including injury, energy levels, etc. A good trainer will be able to adapt the session to suit your needs. You should never have to push through the pain of an injury because your trainer hasn’t given you an alternate exercise. There are thousands of ways to train every muscle group, your trainer should know them.
4. THEY KNOW WHEN TO PUSH AND WHEN TO BACK OFF
“A smart man, a good trainer, he doesn’t break blokes. What he does is take blokes to a point where they think they’re going to go over the edge, but they hang on. “If he’s smart … he holds them there, he brings them back and next time they hold on a bit longer.”
This quote from strength and conditioning coach, Don Singe, pretty much sums up this point. Any trainer can hammer you into the ground but what is the point of the hammering?
If the idea of the session is to cause you pain, there’s many cheaper ways to accomplish that.
There needs to be a result from your hard work. More, more, more doesn’t mean better results.
5. THEY’RE NOT SUGGESTING YOU GO ON EVERY NEW FAD DIET AND EXERCISE STYLE
This is becoming more and more prevalent in today’s society. Every day there’s a new super diet and training style that claims to be better than the last. For some reason, trainers are often the biggest advocates of these. There are certain principles in diet and exercise that have worked for centuries and continue to do so. A good trainers style and beliefs will always evolve and change but will essentially be based around the known principles of effective training. If they’re always jumping from one thing to another it is a good indicator that they may not have a lot of belief in what they are doing.
Investing in your fitness is one of the best things you can do for yourself. There’s are so many good trainers out there doing wonderful things it’s not too hard to find one that will suit you. Ask some questions of them and even better ask some of their clients if possible. It’s important to get your money’s worth.
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