How many times do you see a Personal Trainer in the gym and think, they must be good at their job as they are always with clients and looking busy. If you are looking for a trainer you are possibly going to look for the one that does really well or you might go with a client recommendation. If you're already with a trainer, are you happy with him or her? I want to briefly go into what I think are some ways of how you can spot a bad trainer and get the results you need!
Why Is This So Important?
Having been a personal trainer for almost 10 years it is so important that your personal trainer is there for YOU and nothing else. So many trainers out there are self obsessed and are only in it for their success. What do I mean by this? Well, they treat you as a project to buy in more clients through your weight loss or muscle gain goals. Make sure you pick a trainer that is ultimately there for you and is your rock through the tough times!
Does He Or She Look The Part?
Within this industry its unfortunate to say but appearance really matters and so your trainer should look the part. This doesn't mean your trainer has to have a muscular physique and abs popping, but they should look healthy and PROMOTE a healthy way of living. Take a look at what they are wearing also, even though they are in the gym it is important to look professional and maintain a high level of hygiene at all times.
Is Your Trainer Taking Notes?
No notes means he or she is just guessing. A log book, an ipad or a sheet of paper indicates they are INTERESTED in you, if not then they are just doing what they think is best. In this line of work, guessing is a big no no in terms of progression and reaching your goals. Your trainer must write down what you do so that there is a record of your current ability and a progression table can be drawn up from this.
Talks Too Much
If you are talking more about what you did at the weekend than training then your trainer talks TOO much and this is not a good thing. Let's just clear something up, you are paying for a luxury service and the last thing you want to do is talk which isn't going to get you closer to your goals. Of course, your trainer must be pleasant and you two should get along, but talking has it's place and is best to take place during the warm up and cool down stages of the session.
Your trainer should be letting you know every so often how you are doing and what the plan is. There is always a plan when you are training with someone and you should feel clear that you know what stage you are at. So be sure to check in with your trainer and allow them to give you your progress updates. Like all things in life, you want to know where you stand first and foremost but also how far you have to go to reach your next target!
Keep plugging away, sorry to any trainers that lose a client or too over this haha! Joking of course but maybe give them a friendly reminder of your needs and what service you are actually paying for ;)