Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Personal Training

I have to dedicate todays post to what I call the most annoying things I see from personal trainers! I dont mean to start my day off negative, but I really want to point out my sheer disappointment in trainers that just dont give the rest of us a good reputation. I have to explain that this is truly what I have witnessed as a member working out in a gym and have been shocked numerous times.

I have SEEN trainers.....

  • show up late (continuously) for their patiently waiting clients that arrived early for their warm up
  • texting on their cell phone while clients are working out.
  • eating breakfast 
  • drinking coffee
  • chatting to other members, not focused on their client...especially bad when their client's form is incorrect
  • wearing jeans and a jacket...hands in pockets!! Seriously! 
I have done a bit of research on the trainers that I have seen, and have found that in most cases although they work for reputable gyms, they are not certified trainers and they do not have CPR or First Aid. They are uneducated and yet are collecting money as though they are professional trainers. How scary is that? You are trusting them to put you in safe positions and should something happen to you, they cannot help. 

How to choose a trainer:
  • Education: A personal trainer should be certified through a reputable organization.
  • An exercise science or other related college degree isn't necessary, but the more education your trainer has, the better your workouts will be.
  • CPR: your trainer should have an updated certification in CPR and/or first aid.
  • Experience: Make sure your trainer has experience, especially in relation to your goals. For example, if you're a bodybuilder, you want someone knowledgeable in that area.
  • Specifics: If you have a specific medical problem, injury or condition (such as being pregnant, heart problems, diabetes, etc.) make sure your trainer has education in these areas and will work with your doctor.
  • A good listener: A good trainer will listen closely to what you say and make sure he/she understands your goals.
  • Attention: A good trainer will be focused only on YOU during your sessions. They should be watching your form, correcting your alignment and explaining what you are doing, what muscles you are working
  • Personality: You need to click. You will be working closely and should enjoy eachothers company



Jaimee said...

awsome, awsome post Deborah!! Alot of us do not know what to look for in a trainer and just think that they know what they are doing since we pay lots of money for their services. Wish I lived closer to you!! Jaimee

Deborah Fisher (Flawless Foodie) said...

Thanks Jaimee!!! I am happyt that you found this to be helpful. Unfortunately not all trainers are trained and educated, and even some that are....still have poor habits. Remember when you are the client paying for the service you deserve the best!