There are so many personal trainers out there these days that it can be hard to know which ones are for really and who are the ones trying to make a quick buck or that think they know better. One of the best ways to pick your trainer is to go directly through your gym. They will either have in-house trainers you can use or they should know people who they can put you in contact with. Another way is to go by word of mouth. Perhaps a friend or family member has used some one in the past that they can recommend to you. Even so, make sure you look them up as well and read reviews online if you can.

Oversells muscle soreness
Having sore muscles during or directly after a workout is a good sign that you are working that muscle well is one thing, however, being told you should constantly have sore muscles is another and is totally not the case. If a personal trainer ever tells you your muscles should always be sore and tired and that’s it’s just a sign of an effective workout, stop using them and find some one who knows what they’re talking about. Some personal trainers will literally make their clients go through hell. The sad thing about this is that it’s completely for their own gain. They want you to look as good as you can, as fast as you can so they can tell other people or show them photos to make them look like amazing trainers. They don’t care that you might be in a lot of pain or have injured yourself along the way. It takes time to build up strength and muscle and if anyone tells you any different, they are lying!

Doesn’t listen to your medical needs
Probably one of the most important factors in choosing your personal trainer. If they don’t listen or have ignored your medical needs…WALK AWAY as fast as you can! Perhaps you have high blood pressure, which you have told them about and they tell you that up you need to do a HIIT session on the treadmill – running as fast as you can for 30 seconds then jogging for 30 seconds. This could in fact kill you so DO NOT do this! What your doctor has told you is more important than what a personal trainer tells you. If they have not listened to this, do not hire them as your trainer. A professional, trained personal trainer will listen to every one of your needs – especially the medical ones, and should put together a plan based on this.

Disregards your schedule
Some personal trainers will really push youth book in as many sessions with them as possible. They start preaching living in the extremes like ‘oh you are wasting time if not coming to the gym every day’. ‘Morning cardio and evening weights’ and things like that. And if you show your inability to be in the gym that frequently, he tells you not to expect any results. A training plan is always designed based on the sessions a person can perform weekly. That can range anywhere from 3-4 days a week for most. 

Not giving you their full attention
In this smartphone-obsessed, digital generation we are living in, it’s so much easier to be lead away from the here and now and into the digital world – or even just chatting with other people in the gym. You have paid this person to be your ‘personal’ trainer – it’s in the title – they should be there for you and you alone for the time you have paid them for. You have paid them for their one on one time to spend with you, watching what you do, making sure you’re doing the exercises correctly, giving you cues on how to lift better, correcting your form if needed and pushing you harder each session to get the best out of you. How can they be doing this effectively if they are chatting with others or on their phones.

Body shaming
This is not at all necessary for anyone to do! Some might think by doing this it will give you the extra push to get you to work harder to reach your goals but re often than not, it will do the opposite and make them not want to even try. The likely hood is, they already feel pretty down on themselves, hence hiring a personal trainer to help them get the results they want. A personal trainer should be encouraging and not have to resort to this kind of behaviour.

If you have experienced any of the above with your current personal trainer, run a mile and get yourself some one who knows what they’re doing!

The Fitness Focus Team