Personal trainers, let’s face it, are plentiful. Spend some time in the gym and you’ll notice that almost every gym rat has been, is currently, or is in the process of becoming a personal trainer. It’s a career choice with few barriers to entry that can be both emotionally and financially rewarding. Unfortunately, this ease of access has resulted in a fitness industry that is currently filled with, to put it mildly, subpar personal trainers. Visit us on fitness near me.
When they should be supervising their client, subpar trainers will be seen playing with coworkers, flirting with a gym member, or texting and making phone calls. Counting the repetitions of a series is often the only direction they have while they are paying attention to their client. Subpar trainers also ask their clients to conduct workouts that are clearly not suitable for the client’s fitness objectives, despite their good intentions. These practises result in a waste of time, money, and a disgruntled customer.
As if that weren’t bad enough, a lot of personal trainers are actually risky. Dangerous trainers are more dangerous than those that are unprofessional or inattentive. Clients would be forced to execute exercises with bad form and at a dangerously fast speed. Dangerous trainers recommend workouts that are too difficult for a client to learn at their current fitness level, leading to injury rather than success.
Allowing yourself to become a victim of this epidemic of poor personal training is not an option! You can protect yourself by asking these five questions before hiring a personal trainer.
Is this teacher a true professional? As simple as it might seem, any trainer worth their salt should be in excellent physical condition, or at the very least appear to be in good physical condition. If a trainer can’t keep up with their own fitness routine, it’ll be difficult for them to inspire, hold you accountable, and push you to new heights. Although there may be exceptions, I do not believe this is a risk worth taking with your time, resources, and effort. I’ve seen far too many coaches, many of whom may clearly benefit from one, continually struggle to guide their clients to their desired outcomes. “You can’t lead anyone any farther than you’ve been,” a wise man once told me.
Is the trainer certified…and does he/she have any experience? Can you put your money on a financial advisor who has only been in practise for three months or a brain surgeon who has only been in practise for six months? Your wellbeing and long-term fitness success are equally critical and should be given equal consideration. Working with a trainer who isn’t accredited by a nationally recognised agency is a big no-no! A licenced trainer would be familiar with healthy workout procedures and should be covered by liability insurance in case you get hurt. Any exercise programme comes with risks, but putting yourself at unnecessary risk as a guinea pig for a new trainer is never a good idea. Inquire about the trainer’s qualification to see how new it is. Be careful if it’s less than a year old. If they are unable to provide a certificate, you can seek out another teacher.