I have had three trainers. One produced a very cookie cutter program. I lived out the program that I had paid for (3 months). I told her about my interests (preparing for a beginner-type triathlon) but she did not adjust my program to response to my needs. It was my first time with a trainer and I did not really know what to expect (now I have a better idea). In the last month, she spent a lot of time chatting me up during workouts about buying more sessions. I did not like that, it made me uncomfortable getting a sales pitch during time I was paying for. The one thing I will say, she was always on time and she never cancelled at the last minute.
The second time was very strange. It was a concept of semi-private sessions and web-based training. In the first session I found the trainer to be vulgar in his language. (Example: to give a visual of doing a squat then thrusting the pelvis forward while doing a lift, his saying was "shut the door, f**k the whore". I told him exactly what I thought of his language, it was like working out with frat boy. It was not a surprise that there were other things wrong that brought me to cancel. I am in Canada yet he charged me in US (a detail buried in the fine print of the contract). That meant , with the currency exchange, I was paying about 20% more along with transaction fees. I protested this, he said that was the way it was. I called the Consumer Protection Bureau, who informed me that it is not illegal to charge in other currencies, however, one cannot charge more than advertised, and must point out exceptional points in a contract before signing. So my contract was invalid. He was very quick to give me a full refund when I asked for it (I imagine he did not want me to go further with my complaints). However, he did not cancel the monthly deductions - I had to go back and chase him for that, which again, he quickly resolved. Boy, that was a learning experience.
My current trainer is a woman who is friendly but firm and professional. We set it up so that she creates a program for me, writes it down, and I meet with her once I need a change, but I see her around the gym often and I can feel free to ask her questions. We have things in common, it feels very comfortable, but first and foremost I feel she is tough and very competent - she understand my need for challenge. I recently asked for a program focusing more on balance and flexibility and she created an amazing workout with routines I had not seen before. She pays attention - when I told her about my knee issues, she immediately switched my program around to accommodate that. I also like the same-sex aspect - I can empathize with the poster who crushed on her trainer, because it can be so easy to fall for charismatic trainers in that atmosphere, and I like to remove that "element" from my sessions. She has up to date technology which keeps track of my information through a very cool software. Plus she has her own office in the gym where we can meet privately and discuss my needs. Now I am training for a triathlon and I really look forward to working with her to help me achieve my goals. I feel very lucky that I have finally found a good trainer.
- 5/28/2015 8:00:48 AM