What Are They Teaching Personal Trainers These Days ?
Monday, February 21, 2011
Folks, this is a WARNING to all of my Spark buddies who are thinking of hiring a personal trainer.
This morning, I decided to hit the gym early to get in a short workout on the elliptical. While I was there, a personal trainer and her client hopped on the treadmill in front of me. I've got to say this... I was APPALLED by what I saw !! Now, I'm a fully certified personal trainer myself. I'm also a fully certified group exercise instructor. I was trained by very reputable organizations. So, I was shocked by what I saw.
At first, I thought the PT was just having their client do a 5-10 minute warm up on the treadmill. Well, not exactly. Yes, the young woman did a short brisk walk. THEN, the personal trainer gave her a set of 10 pound hand weights AND had her do bicep curls as well as shoulder presses while she was walking on the treadmill !! If that wasn't bad enough, then this personal trainer (a college aged young woman) preceded to INCREASE the incline on the treadmill. I saw her as she pushed the buttons to increase the incline. Then the client put down the weights for a short time. I thought, okay, no more weights while walking on the incline. NOPE... the PT gave the hand weights back to the client who then was told to do more bicep curls and shoulder presses while walking on the incline.
Maybe it's me, but this personal trainer didn't seem to think anything was wrong with that !!!
It got worse. Another thing this trainer did was to keep increasing the speed of the treadmill. They were pushing the buttons, not the client. A personal trainer NEVER touches the buttons to increase speed. The client pushes the buttons to where they feel their maximum limit is. The PT doesn't make that decision. A PT is their to encourage their client to push a bit harder, not do the pushing for them.
Which is why I am warning all my Spark Buddies that IF they see a personal trainer advising a client to do strength training exercises while on a treadmill, STAY AWAY from that trainer !! No well trained (reputable) personal trainer would have their clients using hand weights while on a treadmill. We all know how dangerous it is to use hand weights while walking. It places too much stress on a person's joints. The only safe way to combine cardio and strength is with a good circuit training workout or class.
I was really shocked and quite honestly, I'm going to talk to the head of the trainers to tell them what I saw. What that PT did was not safe and was downright dangerous to the client.
Here's what "gets" me, I know that the trainers are all supposed to be certified via NASM. You have to be to work at this gym. That's who certified me. They are a very reputable organization. I know for a fact they do NOT teach their students to use hand weights on treadmills ! Which makes me wonder where this trainer learned fitness. They can't keep teaching their clients that it's okay to do shoulder presses while walking on an inclined treadmill.
It's trainers like this woman who makes the rest of us look bad. That's why it's important for a person interested in working with a personal trainer to get a referral. Find out as much as you can, watch the trainer and see how they interact with other clients. Because some of them really don't know what they are doing.