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Bad trainer issues.

Friday, January 17, 2014

So I decided to bite the bullet and hire a trainer. Figured that if I had someone to show me the proper form of various exercises and to be there to correct me if I lose my form that I might gain a little confidence in doing the exercises. Also, if there is someone waiting for me to work out, I would be less likely to blow off the exercise session. Someone that could push me a little further than I would push myself but not push me to the point of injury. Someone that would help me develop a routine or two of exercises to do.

Well I was wrong. My trainer rarely makes it to the gym for our Monday evening work out. Never shows up on at 5:15 pm as scheduled but anytime between 5:40 and 6:15 - if at all. When she is there, I have no sense of preparation of routine but whatever feels good at the moment. We bounce from legs to abs to upper body. Some sets are 12, some are 15, some are 30. It doesn't seem to be based on whether or not I am struggling with the exercise. Then there is my recent injury. I injured my wrist just before our first meeting 5 weeks ago. (Bad enough that simply turning my hands and arms can cause a shot of pain to rise up.) I didn't know how I injured it - figured it might be my tendonitis flaring up at first - still not sure. When I told her that, the next day she chose to do an upper body routine with weight. I wore a brace but it still hurt. The next session, I told her that it felt better but was still sore - she insisted on me tossing a small medicine ball back and forth with her. Then she wanted me to do one arm push ups with 8lb weights. I told her that I have never been able to do a push up and that was beyond my skill. She insisted that I try her exercise. I told her that I can't lift an 8 lb weight with my injured wrist so she handed me a 5 pound one. I didn't do the exercise.
I have decided to drop her. So now I am looking for a good trainer.
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IM-SO-WORTH-IT 1/19/2014 10:28PM

    I have fired her. Reporting her to the management wouldn't do a darn thing...she's the owner/operator of the gym. It's not part of a chain. This is a very small village I live in.

So I will be traveling to work out in a gym. Not too thrilled with that but it's better than injury.

Thanks to all of you for your comments and support. I don't feel so bad about letting her go now.

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KRITTEN1 1/18/2014 10:47AM

    I hope the next trainer works out much better!

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FANGFACEKITTY 1/18/2014 4:26AM

    Fire her, report her conduct to the gym and demand a refund or other compensation. You are paying for a specific period of time and if you are not receiving it you are owed a refund.

And do, please, especially report her conduct to the gym or whoever her manager is. By insisting you do activities that you have repeatedly told here you are not physically/medically able to do right now, she risks causing you injury, which opens the gym or training company up to liability. No manager wants that. And they need the feedback to either help her or replace her. "Causing" someone to lose her job sounds harsh but really, she hasn't been doing her job well and has actually been causing harm to her clients and to the reputation of her employer. It is strictly her own actions that will lead to her consequences.

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KELLIEBEAN 1/17/2014 10:08PM

    Good call dropping her. She would only lead you to injure yourself. I would let the gym know too before she hurts others.

I agree, you should interview the next one. Find out their qualifications and their plan to suit you needs and injuries.

I hope the next one is better!

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GETSTRONGRRR 1/17/2014 6:30PM

    Run, don't walk!!

I've worked with dozens of trainers over the last 10 years. The last guy I trained with I kept on 3x/week for over three years. He was great.

Trainers are employees, just like hiring a guy to cut your lawn or remodel your kitchen. Interview them, tell them what your goals are, have them tell you how they will help you achieve your goals, and build a plan TAILORED for you.

I demand that my trainers be knowledgeable about exercises, that they make sure my form is correct, that they answer my questions, and that they push me beyond what I can do on my own, but I tell them that their first job is to do NO HARM!

Fire her....if she works through an agency or a gym, report her tardiness and demand a refund or another trainer.....people like that don't deserve to be teaching

Give me a shout if you want any help!

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LITTLEDUTCH 1/17/2014 2:59PM

    it sounds like dropping her is the right choice. I would be really mad when she doesn't show up and really concerned that her exercise choices would hurt me. If she really believes that what she is doing is right, she should be explaining to you why!

Good luck.

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