Bad personal trainers really get under my skin. Today I am going to get this off my chest because it has bothered me for a long time. I am not going to name the names of these bad trainers or even where they work. I am going to tell you why I think they are horrible and you should stay far away from them. Honestly, the majority of these horrible personal trainers work for large commercial gyms. It makes me wonder about the hiring process for these gyms.
Bad Personal Trainers Can Hurt You
Have a close look at the picture provided with today's post. Can you see a problem with that exercise? Bad personal trainers can definitely hurt you. You hire them to teach you the ropes. As such, you have no reason to question their techniques. However, I am here to tell you that questioning their techniques is not only good, it is required. Don't just accept a new way of doing an exercise as “cool” or “interesting”, make sure to ask the relevant questions. Only when you feel the exercise is safe and makes sense should you begin doing it.
Bad Personal Trainers Use Exercises for No Reason
Personal trainers are supposed to take your goals and then compile a program that helps you get to those goals. This means that everything they have you do should have a reason. Too many times personal trainers do things “because they can” and that's not good enough. I don't have all the time in the world to be at the gym, so my time spent there has to count. Wasting my time will not be appreciated at all.
Bad Personal Trainers Don't Teach
Personal trainers are there to make sure you train hard and that you do things correctly. Most people cannot afford to train with a personal trainer each and every workout. As a result, it is essential that personal trainers teach their clients. I get so fumed watching the personal trainers who just count repetitions and watch while their client does everything with completely terrible form. Take a moment to stop them and correct them. It isn't that hard and it is what you get paid for. Do your job and I wouldn't have a problem with you at all.
Bad Personal Trainers Pay No Attention
Piggy-backing on the last topic, personal trainers are supposed to watch their client at all times while training. It makes me angry when I see them texting or chatting up other people while their client is completing a set. You were not paid for that, so stop it already! Give your client the attention they deserve. Is it really that hard?
My Final Rant
Personal trainers need to live up to their certification. They need to show the world that using a personal trainer is not only a good idea, it is worth every penny you pay for them. I went into the personal training business because I wanted to change lives. How can I do that if I am not present 100% of the time my client is training?