Warning signs to watch for when working with personal trainers.
Congratulations! You’ve decided to take the leap and snag yourself a personal trainer. Before you invest time and money, remember: not all trainers are created equal. Here are some red flags to watch out for when you’re shopping for the right one:
1- It’s YOUR workout.
Does your therapist tell you all about her tragic childhood? Does your doctor listen to her heart after she listens to yours? Is your trainer working out with you so hard that she’s sweating and out of breath? A good trainer only exercises during a session in order to teach you proper form or to be supportive. This gal is letting you pay her to get her own workout in.
2- Professionals should be professional.
Just because your trainer goes to work in a t-shirt doesn’t exempt her from being professional. Is your trainer unclear about her pricing, policies, or credentials? Does she show up 5 minutes late, having clearly just worked out herself? A good trainer is upfront about costs and policies, respects your time, and is presentable upon arrival. This gal is an opportunistic flake, shoe-horning in some training work ‘cause she happens to be at the gym anyway.
3- Wait, what?
Maybe he’s glancing at his cell phone, looking in the mirror at himself, or checking out the chick on the treadmill. Whatever he’s doing, you can bet he’s not paying attention to what you’re doing. A good trainer has his eyes on you every minute you’re exercising. This guy is a self-obsessed jerk.
4- One size fits some.
Sadly, there’s a good chance your trainer puts you on a machine, counts to twelve, and repeats. If that’s your usual workout, assume she’s on autopilot, taking you through the same script she uses with all her clients. A good trainer asks you what you want to accomplish and then crafts a workout specifically to help get you there. This gal is bored, lazy, or worse – she just doesn’t care.
5- Your body is UH-MAZ-ING.
Well, it is. Has your trainer never told you that? Does he focus on what you can’t do yet, instead of pointing out how strong and capable your body is right now? A good trainer respects your body, is excited about everything it can do, and helps you feel that same respect and excitement. If you’re not sure how your trainer feels about you and your body, walk away – he’s a jerk who’s likely to do you more harm than good.
A good personal trainer can work wonders, and your time with her can profoundly increase the quality of the life you live outside of the gym. Don’t settle. There’s too many of us out there – you owe it to yourself and your beautiful body to find the right one.