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6 Things Your Personal Trainer Wishes You Didn't Do

What Your Personal Trainer Really Wants to Tell You

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  • Information good to know.
  • Oh WOW...good to know...
  • I'm perfectly willing to explain my health issues (bange up knee, major abdominal surgery), but the PT has to be willing to actually take them into account when putting together a program. I've had encountered trainers who wouldn't, e.g. the guy who wanted me to warm up on an ellipitical trainer even after I told him elliptical trainers are hard on my knees, and that I'd rather use a stationary cycle or treadmill.
  • who knew..not me
  • Now I have to worry of how much I am talking with my trainer. Give me a break!!!
  • Man! And I thought it would be great to be a personal trainer 😀😀😀
  • Complaining? Pushing hard? My trainer pushed me so hard even though I have told me I was in pain that I needed a an operation to fix my shoulder that got damaged as a result. I had to stay in bed for 6 months because I couldn't even walk get dressed or bathe on my own. It has taken me 12 months to recover and I have gained over 60 pounds. Trainers should listen to our complaints because there might be some truth to them. Pushing hard is again very tricky. They push you but they don't actually know how much you can take and there is a fine line between lifting heavy and damaging yourself.
  • I disagree with this article completely. Personal trainers need to listen to excuses and complaints to know more about the client, and to tailor their workouts for them. And if the client is being chatty, great! I have a throat condition and can't talk hardly at all. People should be more thankful when they're able to talk. People take it for granted, until it's taken away. What happened to this is the right pace, if we can carry on a conversation? If trainers don't like listening to people, maybe they're in the wrong line of work.
  • I know this article is old, but I agree with one of the previous posters (ONLINEASLLOU)...I believe a trainer should adjust his/her style to the client, not expect the client to adjust to the trainer. A trainer's idea of pushing and my idea of pushing may be completely different and generate different results. For example, a trainer's idea of pushing could be to yell. I don't respond well to being yelled at. My idea of pushing is more along the lines of encouragement ("Come on...you can do 1 more! You're almost there!" etc.). And as far as conversation, I'm not sure how that's an issue. For me, sometimes conversation is a good distraction from miles/minutes/reps or whatever. I may have been so busy in conversation with my trainer that I got through an exercise without complaining. Sounds to me like a bunch of whiny trainers gave their 2 cents on this one.
  • TRACEYDT
    As a RDN, I find it concerning that personal trainers are giving diet plans and/or nutrition advice. Many health facilities strictly ban this. If you need extra guidance/instruction/motivation on your exercise and fitness, hire a personal trainer. If you need nutrition/diet/healthy eating help, hire a Registered Dietitian.
  • BOOKNUT52
    I enjoyed this. But I have to add, except for a couple of the points, these are things no one wants the people they work with to do!
  • The attitude of the trainer who wrote this article is why I will probably never hire a trainer.

    If I am paying for someone's time, I expect them to adjust their approach to meet MY needs and preferences ... not the other way around. A knowledgeable and skilled professional should be committed and able to meeting the needs of the client.
  • STEPHIESMITH92
    These are interesting points I haven't really considered, like the last point in the article explaining not to wear really baggy clothes. I haven't had a personal trainer before, so I don't know if this list is common knowledge for a lot of people or not. I want to hire a personal trainer to help motivate me and get me to exercise, so it'll be good to keep this article in mind. www.fortefitness.com
  • I have to agree with previous posters. I think this article would do more to make me never hire a trainer, than anything else. 1. I complain a bit. Why? Because I don't tend to be forceful enough to tell it plain. I complain when an exercise is a bit hard for me. I will complain more when I think it should be modified to fit what I can do. I won't tend to just say no, I won't do that, or I can't do that, etc.

    Now, I am to the point where I won't do the excuse making, but then I have reached my weight loss goal, but there was a time when I would have. Have the time, you only slightly know in yourself it is an excuse. If trainers are too harsh, I won't go back.

    I am a very shy, low self-esteem person and this article makes hiring a trainer sound like a very bad idea for those like me. I do hope that is not the case. (Dental hygenist are bad enough!)
  • I hired a trainer only when I felt like I'd done as much as I could on my own--not as a drill sergeant, but as a teacher. When the trainer turned out to be a meathead whose only goal seemed to be to push me to the point that I HATED THE GYM and NEVER wanted to work out again, it was clear that it wasn't for me. It's too bad; I'd like to work with a good trainer who could really tailor a program that fits my needs but that experience left a bad taste in my mouth. I really feel that since I'm paying the trainer, he or she needs to work WITH me, not AT me. I don't, and never will, gain anything by being shouted at or belittled.

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