guest post: how to know if your trainer is going to suck.

by Janetha on June 7, 2012

in guest posts,moves

hey, guys! i am in hood river for work and so i have a special guest tonight. you may remember neil from the last time he posted (on three tips thursday)–well, he’s back!

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i asked neil if he’d like to post here on meals & moves every once in awhile. i promised him i’d think up a catchy, alliterative slogan for his guest post series. still working on that… the creative juices just aren’t flowing at the moment!

today neil is going to talk about trainers. i have recently adopted the GPP trainers as my own–i have been going to neil’s gym since april. I LOVE IT. neil, meg, and lizz (two lovely ladies who are both pictured below!) are the trainers there and they are all fantastic. they are everything trainers should be. and this post is going to talk about everything trainers should not be. and neil also adds in some good stuff at the end–because ending on a positive note is always good, right?

enjoy!

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Hiring a trainer (a good one) can be a game changer in your life.  A great trainer who is focused on you and has a few tricks up her sleeves can save you a bunch of time and effort when it comes to changing your health and appearance.  Saving time and effort can mean the difference between finally getting the health and fitness you crave and assuming the added hassle of, once again, trying to avoid the pool all summer.  But hiring a good trainer can be problematic a big pain in the ass.   NewImage
Michelle hired some pretty good trainers :)

There are a lot of sucky trainers in the world.  In fact, most of them are.  For some reason, my profession draws into it some of the most self obsessed, holier-than-thou, power trippers in the world.  More so than other professions.  To be fair, it also pulls some of the most giving, passionate, earnest and gifted humans ever.  Unfortunately, the bad seem to outweigh the good.  I don’t know why.  Maybe it has something to do with standing in front of mirrors all day.  Maybe who you look at the most has to do with whom you love.  
Sorry, did you think this was going to be another one of those useless “how to pick a trainer” articles?  I hate those.  
Just because you know to pick a trainer with an accredited (whatever that means, these days) certification doesn’t mean you’ll be getting a good one.  In fact, certifications are usually the problem.  These money making scams are nothing more than the BBB for personal trainers.  Yes, I have problems with extortion, which is more how the BBB operates.  We can save that for another day.  But, just like the BBB, trainer certs (remember, I have received 13 of them over the years) will accredit any person as a “certified” trainer – as long as they meet some pretty minimal requirements AND are paying in.  So I ask you, how stringent do you think those requirements are going to be if the certification agency can’t get money until someone passes their test?  And what happens to the company if the test is too tough?  See the holes in this?  

The point is, trainers with certs are a crapshoot.  But there are other ways to know if your trainer sucks other than just looking at a cert.  There are a couple shyster trainer types that I’ve noticed and named over the years.  I did it “list” style, because Janetha likes lists.  Alliterations Are Awful – for me.  WAY over my head, unless they happen by accident. In which case, I still want credit.  (janetha here! i love alliterations! how dare you call them awful. you get full credit, though, because of the three As. extra credit would have been changing that “awful” to “awesome”, though!)


Here is the list of trainer types to avoid and how to spot them:
1.  The “All About Me”

You’d think that the training profession would attract the type of person with a burning desire to help others.  Nope.  Sometimes, trainers (shysters) think this is the best profession for showing off.  So, they do.  For this trainer you, my friend, are just someone to emulate them.  Someone to feed their ego.  They want you to think they are smart.  They want you to think they are fit.  They want you to think about, talk about and promote them unceasingly.  No, this training session isn’t about you.  It isn’t about your needs, wants or desires.  It’s about worship.   

It’s easiest to spot this type of trainer the second you walk into their office.  Does your trainer have pictures of himself on the wall?  Expired certs?  A trophy or two?  If so, you can bet this experience is going to be all about them.  

You can also tell if this is going to be all about them in the first couple of conversations you have with him.  Do they talk over your head?  This type of trainer has learned a bunch of big words and philosophies and will pour them over you thick and often.  He figures if he talks above you, you’ll think he’s smart.  So smart.  In fact he’ll pour it on so thick that by the time he’s done telling you how to get fit, he hopes you’ll be convinced that without him, you are nothing.  He’s actually hoping you’ll pledge your life to him in a very formal way.  Maybe move to South America.  Start a commune.  BTW, if this happens – I wouldn’t drink the Kool Aid.

2.  The “Hater”

This trainer hates you.  Actually, she hates everyone.  Seriously.  Hate.  She will say the meanest things AROUND you.  Not TO you.  No, this trainer is far too wise for that.  But, if you ever happen to be (un)lucky enough to be present when she and her friends are having a conversation – cover your ears and head for the exit.  Mean is coming.  Coming hard.   Not mean like, “pick that up now, dammit!”  More like, “Did you see what that fat chick was wearing?”

It is my opinion that there is no context EVER where “FAT” and “CHICK” can be used together in anything less than a hateful manner.  Any person who can say that about ANYONE will say that (chickenheartedly under their breath) about EVERYONE.   

This trainer will also belittle you in sneaky ways.  Screw up your diet a bit and their response will be something very judgemental like, “Gross.  Why would you put THAT in your mouth?”  Instead of something helpful like, “DAMMIT!  Knock that off!”  

Be careful of this type of trainer.  Even if you get physically healthy while working with this one, you’ll be far from ACTUALLY healthy.   

3.  “Form Nazis”  

Nothing is more important than good and proper form when working out.  It will lead to more efficient and effective workouts.  It will also prevent injury.  However, many trainers take this too far.  Instead of teaching you skills that can help you get a workout and increase your health and fitness, they have wrapped their own personal identity into the completion of “perfect” movements. These trainers have it all backwards.  

Health does not lie within the perfect movements you complete.  It lies within completing these perfect movements.  

Form Nazis aren’t concerned with your health and fitness anyway.  This is secondary to the “rules” of exercise.  Somehow the rules of exercise are more important to this type of trainer than the exercise itself.  Which is pretty silly when you consider that the rules of exercise seem to change pretty often.  Like, constantly.  

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Meg hates this pic.  I totally staged it, now I post it all the time to tease her.  hehe.

It’s a tell.  A mark of their insecurity and true intentions.  When your trainer is more obsessed with the rules than the effect there is obviously something else going on here.  Can you say – God complex?  Maybe the endless hours they put into learning the extremely complicated intricacies of movement had nothing to do with helping others.  Maybe they are using this knowledge as permission to bully and intimidate people.  I’ve been in rooms with these guys and gals before while they were ripping on people who were exercising out on the floor of they gym they train in.  Not, “Oh, man!  That dude is going to blow up their back.  I’m going to help him.”  It was more like, “Look at that stupid A$$.  He doesn’t even know what he’s doing.  [yelling] IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOUR ARE DOING GET OUT OF MY GYM!”  

Great trainers “cue” their clients.  They don’t demand mastery of a movement before letting you attempt it.  They realize that lifting is a process.  And form gets BETTER with experience.  After you grasp one concept, they will add another, then another because they know no one can be responsible for all of that info from the get go.  They will let you feel your way through this experience and do their best to help speed this along.  They also realize that each person has his/her own interpretation of an exercise.  Many times, these “interpretations” are safer and more effective than supposed “rules” written for general purposes and populations.  An expert can help you develop movement patterns which suit your specific build and experience level.  She also has the confidence, experience and wisdom to change this as you change.  In the end, a true expert will help you get a workout – YOUR way, not theirs.  

4.  The “Salesman”

Maybe the suckiest of them all.  This guy does all of his talking behind a desk.  

Any trainer worth her salt will grab a bit of info from you in an office, then it’s off to the workout floor.  That is where the real info is to be had.  Watching you do a workout (scaled appropriately) will tell him where the holes in your fitness are.  This is his job.  Find the holes in your strength, endurance, flexibility, experience, nutrition, habits, etc and PATCH them using his own techniques & philosophies.  How can he know what to fix by sitting in the office for an hour?  

If you find yourself sitting in the office for a 1 hour “assessment (it’s really a sales presentation)” with a trainer, you should know – the dude is hiding from you.  See, out on the workout floor is where his biggest weakness shines through.  Out on the floor is where YOU will glean the most info about HIM and his methodology.  Trainers that have no methodology, no philosophy, and more importantly, NO experience will keep your backside in a chair throwing “hail Mary” sales closes at you over and over again.  Once he gets your name on the bottom line, at that point it really doesn’t matter what his philosophies are, right?  Which is good because his only philosophy is to get you signed up and then it’s on the next soul impose said philosophies upon.     

Where The Real Trainers Are

Not all trainers are bad.  Just most of them.  It’s important to shop around a little before you commit to multiple sessions.  The best way to see if you are going to gel with a specific trainer is to conduct an interview and have that trainer take you through a workout or two.  You might have to pay for this, but it will be WAY worth it.  During this interview process, be looking for any signs of what I was discussing above.  Passion is key.  If you can find someone passionate about helping you, you will have found someone who will do everything it takes to become qualified to do so.  

The best way to bring the crappiness out of them (anyone can fake a couple of sessions) is to ask a couple or all of these questions.  It’s better if you sneak them into a conversation.

Q1 – “So, how did you get into personal training?”  

What you are really asking here is “Are you really here to help me, or is this just a job to you?”  Look for someone who mentored in a very formal way.  It shows passion and sacrifice.  A guy who says, “I sort of stumbled into it.”  Will generally be less effective at helping you than someone who says, “I love helping folks.”  

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Selfless – Check!  Expert – Check!  Can put the hurt on you despite cute outer appearance – DOUBLE Check!

In general, if their answer to this question has more to do with you and your success and is less about them, you’ll probably have a winner.  

Q2 – “What is your definition of health, and how will you help me achieve this?”  

HA!  This will set most of them back on their heels.  Let the stammering begin! Believe it or not, most trainers, gyms, professors and etc. haven’t got a working definition of health (especially not their own).  Neither do they have a specific program outlined for achieving this definition (that they don’t really have).  I mean, think about it, what is Gold’s Gym’s (or really, any other successful fitness facilities’) definition of health?  They are one of the oldest and most well-established fitness places on earth.  And what is it?  Weird, right?  How can they help you get healthy if they haven’t put the time and effort into defining this term.  BY ACCIDENT – is how.  

Be open to different interpretations and answers of this question.  You’ll find brilliance out there.  What you are really looking for is someone with a well defined (listed and maybe alliterated) philosophy for WHAT health is.  Theirs should closely match yours.  And, just as importantly, she should have a well defined plan on HOW they plan to put it on you.  

Q3 – “What is Fitness?”

Again, watch them fumble for words.  Most will make it up on the spot, or hum and ho you to death.  I’ve been in a conversation where a guy talked for 20 minutes on the definition of fitness and said absolutely NOTHING.  It’s a tell, for sure.  If you sit through an entire conversation with someone who is explaining their definition of fitness and 20 minutes later (hell, five) you still haven’t got a clear answer, they haven’t got one.  Move on, my friend.  

If you are looking for change.  The REAL and LASTING stuff.  Don’t be afraid to get some help.  It is a rough enough experience without having to spin your wheels a bunch.  Although, trainers seem like a dime a dozen, the good ones are worth their weight in gold.  


Hopefully, this epistle (sorry for the length) helps make it so you don’t have to pay that in blood.

Qs~

1. What is your definition of health?

2. In YOUR words… what is fitness?

Neil
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Kerryne June 7, 2012 at 8:38 pm

AWESOME post Neil… you are dead on. I have spent the last 10 years in gyms, and met each and every one of these “trainers”. The best thing about GPP to me IS the trainers. They truly care, they aren’t just telling you what they think you want to hear, they aren’t trying to pull one over on you, they are genuine and that is why I want to keep coming back. I wish everyone had the opportunity to come and see for themselves ;)

Mel June 7, 2012 at 8:42 pm

“GPP: Guest Post Palooza” — alliteration love, Janetha :)

I agree: I want a trainer to be as right a fit for me as I would my doctor or hair stylist – someone who gets what works best for me! and that is so hard to find!

I’ll definitely be keeping these questions in mind the next time I’m hunting for a trainer (I have so many unused credits at my gym). I think that is the benefit of trainers writing blogs or web pages; at least some of those philosophies can be shared flat out. I’m sure you’re a great trainer, Neil!

Sarah @ The Healthy Diva June 7, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Great post neil!!! Love your questions too. I love people watching in the gym…it’s kind of a sport in and of itself. I’ve noticed the different trainer types over the years too. Some make me laugh (like one trainer who blabbed about functional whole body movements for 5 mins then proceeded to give his client dumbbell bicep curls, what?!) and others make me cringe (like the ones who throw equipment around the gym floor). I hope to be an upstanding trainer who is knowledgable, fun, and gets results that the client is after!!! Doing my university studies has really opened up a world of information and I’m loving it :)

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) June 7, 2012 at 10:47 pm

I had an ‘all about me’ trainer about 10 yrs ago. He would literally stand in front of the mirror with me and flex his quad and then go “Oh! What’s that!!?” Man I despised him. He was also a form Nazi. I also can’t stand “The Counter” all they do is stand there and count. Or “The TMI” dude, no one needs to hear about your bedroom conquests last weekend.

i’m glad that Janetha finally bit the bullet and embraced group exercise- she thought she hated it forever- now look at her!

Carrie @shrinkingcarrie June 7, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Such a GREAT post Neil! All your questions really had me thinking, especially since I would like to get into personal training some day (and definitely not just for myself, but to help others like myself).
My definition of health is healthy on both inside and outside. Giving yourself life longevity and not just a bikini ready body. I’m sure I could go on, and on, but I will spare you the novel.
Thank you for giving me some questions to really think about!

meg June 8, 2012 at 12:28 am

This post was SOOO helpful! Especially for people like me who are a little gullible and don’t really know whether people are all talk or not. There is this one trainer at the gym and she seems like she is always saying negative things about her clients! That just seems so unprofessional.

RainStorm June 8, 2012 at 12:44 am

I love the “awkward” questions! A good way of finding the right person.

I think being healthy is when your body and mind are both able to “bounce back” from problems (e.g. Illness or stress). Fitness is a measure of stamina, strength, flexibility, and other qualities that having an active lifestyle will build :)

Jessy June 8, 2012 at 1:44 am

Interesting that for The “All About Me” you used a ”he” and for The “Hater” you used a ”she”. Hmm. ;)

Neil June 8, 2012 at 10:16 am

It’s really not fair to generalize, but… Nah, I’m kidding. We’ve all seen both, right?

Tara @ Sweat like a Pig June 8, 2012 at 2:43 am

Neil’s posts are my favourite!! I’m pleased to say that I don’t do any of these things – except the good points ;) I’m the first to admit that the certification I did was a joke, and 95% of my PT education is self-taught. I changed careers to do personal training, so I’d like to think my passion shows through, and I always put my clients needs first. I’ve only been a trainer for three months, but I’ve already received lots of positive feedback so far. Just last week my client told me that I was the best PT he’s had in 25 years!

Khushboo June 8, 2012 at 4:57 am

Love this post especially since I just started working with a personal trainer! After working out with various trainers in the past, I feel like I finally found one who I connect with and who believes in me and who I trust to help me reach my goals! A good trainer should also make you feel confident and make you WANT to workout

Jenn (GH) June 8, 2012 at 5:26 am

This post is right on!

I am a cPT and have trained people in their homes and at the gym. I was shocked by some of the trainers at the gym. Some of them were incredibly unprofessional. The NAZI ones are the worst. It’s not the military it’s a GYM. I’m not a one to get hung up on form but I will say I also couldn’t believe the stuff I saw them doing. Just because it looks cool doesn’t mean you should do it if you don’t know how. Made me cringe. I also think you should have mentioned trainers who stick people on machines only. Unless the client is injured (and if they are they should prob see a physical therapist) there is very little need for machines. To me that is the biggest tell tale signs of a poor trainer.

General Personal trainer certifications are a joke. I have the ACSM cert but to be completely honest it is pretty useless when it comes to practical application. I even chose that one bc i had read it was the most difficult. EVERYTHING I use I learned from attending other seminars, (love perform betters functional fitness 3 day seminar), specialized certifications, and reading books and articles by trainers who know more than me.

Kelly@Leafy Not Beefy June 8, 2012 at 5:36 am

What a great post! I’ve never had a personal trainer, but these are definitely good tips if I ever decide to. I love watching shows like Biggest Loser and Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition because the trainers care so much, they care for the person and can see through the extra weight. I think I’ve let personal trainers intimidate me (by thinking, “I can’t do what they’ll want me to do…they’ll think I’m such an idiot” or whatever :) ), but seeing them even on TV has given me a new respect, especially for people like you and the other “good” ones.

Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning June 8, 2012 at 6:12 am

Wow, Neil… I LOVE THIS and it is exactly what I needed to read!
I have one more day left at my current job (as a teacher of 7 years) and resigned to pursue a career as a personal trainier. I’ve been teaching group exercise for years part-time, and it is truly my passion. It’s hard for me to describe the feeling I get from helping people get healthy and strong and learn to love exercise, and that’s why I think that it’s what I need to do full-time. I’m so excited!
Just wondering- since you have definite opinions on certification. Are there any that you recommend more than others? It definitely seems like some are WAY more expensive than others, and I have to wonder about that- if it really makes it “better.” I feel like so much what you learn to be a “great” trainer comes from your passion,how much you work at it and gain from experience- and how you relate to your clients.
Thanks for writing such an awesome post!!

Neil June 8, 2012 at 11:12 am

Pumped for you Lauren! Can’t wait to hear how your career goes. I’m betting GREAT.

If it were me, I’d probably become certified by whatever (read “cheapest”) agency is required by wherever you go to work.

At that point I would interview about a million trainers and hire the one who’s success, values and character match what I hope will be my own and I would mentor under them. They can teach you practicalities of this business that can’t be found in books. First thing I would ask is: “What safety issues must I absolutely KNOW and PRACTICE in order to keep my clients perfectly safe during a training session?” Keep working over these things until you’ve got them down perfectly.

While I was doing this, I’d be reading everything I could get my hands on about this profession I love so much. I’d study physiology, exercise phys, anatomy, kinesiology, biomechanics, nutrition, leadership, business and human behavior. I’d read every word I could get my hands on, by every expert I could find. I’d do this whether I agreed with them or not. And I’d learn from them.

Simultaneously, I’d call my family and friends and start doing some hands on training with them. Knowing and doing are VERY different skill sets.

Then I’d go to work training people. Remember, it’s not what you know, it’s what you need to know to safely help.

Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning October 11, 2012 at 6:24 am

Hey Neil- YOU RULE.
I got my cert YESTERDAY after a 2 month long study program. I went with a cheaper option- but chose one that I really liked and helped me learn A LOT. I’m so stoked for my new career. I’m referencing this post in MY post tomorrow.
THANK YOU! Your tips really helped!!

Janetha October 11, 2012 at 8:03 am

Uh oh. This is totally gonna go to his head……

(ps congrats!)

Kendra June 8, 2012 at 6:42 am

Thank you Neil and Janetha for this great post.
To me health and fitness are inseparable lovers, craving each others embrace.

Neil June 8, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Spot on Kendra. Yep!

Unfortunately many folks have got this wrong. They think great fitness automatically makes them healthy. When in reality, the infinite pursuit of more and more fitness can rob them of other important aspects of health (social, economic, mental, emotional, spiritual).

The two must be given equal purpose and intent otherwise they cannot co-exist.

Claire @ Live and Love to Eat June 8, 2012 at 7:03 am

LOVE your disclaimer about certifications – there are so many people out there who buy a “nutritionist” certification as well and claim to be as qualified as a registered dietitian – when we put in 1200 hours of supervised practice and 4+ years of real education!

Hannah Hawley June 8, 2012 at 8:07 am

Love this post!
The only thing I actually disagree with is the pictures of oneself and a few trophies as a blanket statement. It all depends on what the pictures and trophies are. After all, an office is your own space, and you should totally be proud of accomplishments you make. I find I have more respect for someone who is teaching/training me in something if they have done it themselves, and what better way than a trophy, medal, or picture. That said, it can totally be outdone/overdone and definitely be a tell to the “All About Me” trainer.

1. What is your definition of health?
My definition of health is being able to fully live your life in an active manner; to not be limited in your choices. To be healthy is to know when to say yes and when to say no.

2. In YOUR words… what is fitness?
Fitness is being able to physically do what you want to do and have the ability to push yourself.

Neil June 9, 2012 at 7:25 am

I concede that point. There are always exceptions to the rule. Perhaps I should have written, “if you see these things, be on the lookout.”

I’d still be super Leary though. It seems to me that if I were a client and had a sit down in the office of my trainer and it were decorated with mementos from clients, thank you letters, photos of those she admires, books and learning materials and points of philosophy, it would give me a much different message than trophies and personal accomplishments. Not saying the trophy guy/gal couldn’t be a great trainer though. It’s just a warning signal, to me.

Hannah Hawley June 12, 2012 at 9:22 am

I also agree with they should put you on alert. That they are something that could signal trouble.
I think what your response says is perfect! If it is ALL trophies and personal accomplishments, that is definitely something to be leery of. When it is mixed in with thank you letters, books and materials etc, I would appreciate it.

ali moll June 8, 2012 at 9:09 am

Great post Neil! Soooo glad “I” have the BEST trainers around, in YOU, MEG and LIZZ! You guys rock!

Brittany @ Delights and Delectables June 8, 2012 at 9:27 am

What a great post! Thanks Neil! I have been to several gyms in my area, and I have ran into every single one of these characters! Still looking for a good trainer!

Christin June 8, 2012 at 10:10 am

How about “Niel’s Nibbles” as a series title? (Nibbles of wisdom, that is…hehe) Loved this post! I’m a little bit of a technique nazi myself because of my strict ballet background…I always look for form and technique to prevent injury, but how you explained really helps in differentiating between instruction and straight up form nazism :)

My definition of Health? Balance. Your life is a bunch of puzzle pieces that need to fit together properly in order to function as a whole. Nutrition, exercise, work, play, mental abilities, etc all need to be nurtured to maintain balance and therefore health.

My definition of fitness? knowing you are maintaining your own healthy balance to the best of your abilities…your outward appearance should reflect your inward balance.

Christin June 8, 2012 at 10:14 am

I always mix up I and E on my keyboard…sorry about that!

Brittany June 8, 2012 at 10:11 am

Bahaha legit advice, good to know.

LG June 8, 2012 at 10:18 am

Oh wow. Excellent advice!!!

I see trainers at my gym and I have to admit…especially with females…I wonder if they come from a past (or current) eating-disordered life.

Katie H. June 8, 2012 at 10:34 am

Neil, Lizz, and Meg are all super awesome. I love them!

To me, health is about a balance. I think a healthy person has learned moderation in all things. Health is being balanced in life, meaning no one thing “rules your life”.

I also think fitness means you are balanced enough that you can enjoy many activities and things. I think fitness extends beyond just the physical. Financially fit, means you are disciplined and in a position where you can provide for the things you need. I think being physically fit means you can perform physical activities that enrich your life. I think being spiritually fit means you are in touch with your own spirit and can find an inner peace and calm. To me, that is fitness.

I love the GPP workouts, they are awesome, and the trainers really are the best! xoxo

Tiffani June 8, 2012 at 11:30 am

I had a one on one session with a personal trainer once. He did a free session to show me how the training would be to get me to “sign a contract for x amount of training sessions at x amount of dollars”. He killed me. I couldn’t walk for about 2 weeks. I kept thinking, I know I am supposed to be sore, but so sore that EVERYTHING hurts for 2 weeks after one session can’t be good. He was definitely a mix of all 4 of the “trainer types”. He pushed me, but I knew he would push me to injury.

Neil June 8, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Love these definitions. Very thoughtful and insightful.

Jessica, the_toned_teach June 8, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Oh my, I LOVE this post. The descriptions made me laugh… because they were so true!! I constantly see trainers sneaking a flex in the mirror while their client is (poorly) executing ANOTHER set of 15 reps with wimpy dumbbells. Poor clients.

Recently, with the rise in circuit training, I have noticed several trainers at my gym set up a great looking circuit in the morning. Then, I will watch them use the same circuit & reps with 3 different clients (back to back sessions, so the clients don’t know this wasn’t uniquely designed for them.) Now, this doesn’t seem like a big deal since it is a pretty decent circuit, but these clients are paying good money to get personalized instruction. If they wanted a good-for-everyone-circuit, they would have signed up for one of the free circuit classes offered. Not to mention, the clients are extremely different in age, fitness level & (probably) goals. Sorry, tangent. All that to say, I agree with you- there are many bad trainers giving the great trainers bad reputations.

sherice@foodieluvsfitness June 8, 2012 at 7:18 pm

I noticed this with a trainer that was training me. I’d see her training other clients and think “what a minute, I that’s I did” It really bothered me.

sherice@foodieluvsfitness June 8, 2012 at 7:16 pm

thanks for this post. I just started my CPT journey w/NASM days ago! I choose them after asking a lot of questions and doing my own research. I’m also getting their Fitness Nutrition specialist cert. Do I think I’m as knowledgeable as Dietician NO. But I would like to have some more education on nutrition because to me that’s were health really starts. Some trainers I’ve had in the past had nothing helpful to add to my training in the food department.

What is Health ~ being healthy on the outside starts on the inside and what we are putting into, onto, and around our bodies. You can’t go out and party every night and eat burgers and fries and think just because you hit the gym 5 days a week that your healthy.

Fitness to me means feeling good and being active. Being able to keep up with my kids and push myself at the gym. To be able to paint my house, weed my garden or go on a hike or bike ride without feeling like a mac truck hit me the next day. It’s not about lifting 20 lbs and doing 20 reps.

a lot of people don’t realize that sexy figure and self confidence is a by product of health and fitness as a joint thing. Ying and Yang can’t be one without the other.

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More June 8, 2012 at 7:25 pm

This is AWESOME! I’ve been debating getting my certificate for training and so this was particularly interesting for me. I can see the “bad” trainers from my gym (or that my friends go to) fit into one or multiple of the above comments. But even more so, I was able to prove that I’m getting into this for the right reasons – because I want to HELP people achieve their desired levels of health and fitness. Thank you!!

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