Teaming up with a good personal trainer can really help put you on the fast track to achieving physical perfection. They can motivate you, educate you and give you all the tools you need to make your fitness journey a success. That is why it is absolutely crucial to find a trainer who understands your needs and your goals. However, if you happen to team up with a trainer who falls into one or more of these categories, it may be time to find a new personal trainer.


YOUR TRAINER CARES MORE ABOUT THEIR PHONE OR WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE GYM THAN YOUR FORM

If your personal trainer is spending more time confirming their next appointment or chatting to other clients on your time, then it is definitely time to find a new trainer. You have both booked and paid for your time with your trainer and they shouldn’t be focussing on anyone else but you, your form and the task at hand.


YOUR TRAINER ISN’T UPBEAT AND MOTIVATIONAL

I know we are all human and go through difficult times and have all-round bad days, but your trainer made the decision to pursue the career he/she is in. It is their job to motivate you and make your training session an enjoyable one. If they are constantly being a downer because of their personal situation, it’s time to move on.


YOUR TRAINER DOESN’T SET A GOOD EXAMPLE

Your personal trainer should be living a healthy balanced life which you can aspire to. Whether they are visibly undisciplined and are not in good shape or they fall on the other side of the coin and are borderline obsessive, it is time to get a new trainer. Whichever group your trainer falls under, they are not setting a good example for you to live by.





YOUR TRAINER GIVES YOU OBVIOUSLY BAD NUTRITION ADVICE

Finding a personal trainer who is knowledgeable, well read and keeps up with the latest research can be an invaluable asset. However, if you find one who offers obviously bad nutrition advice and is not qualified to do, it’s time to move on. I mean, if a trainer tells you to only eat chicken, veg and broccoli for breakfast, lunch and dinner; it is obvious to see that they don’t know what they are talking about. Even when it comes to the knowledgeable trainer, it is always advised to do research on what they are suggesting or even better, confirm it with a qualified nutritionist.


YOUR TRAINER DOES NOT STICK TO CONSISTENT REST PERIODS

In order for your body to rebuild and get stronger, your body needs rest. If a trainer does not emphasize rest periods between sets, it is possible that their knowledge is questionable. Without these rest periods, your results may be stifled and your body may even get burnt out. Yes, it is necessary to keep intensity when exercising but even in high-intensity workouts like circuits and crossfit you take a breather to recover between sets.


YOUR TRAINER TELLS YOU TO TRAIN THROUGH THE PAIN

And I am not talking about training through the good kind of pain which happens due to lactic acid build up when hitting a hard session. What I am talking about is the kind of pain which signals the body to stop in order to prevent further injury. It is up to you to decide whether you are in pain from lactic acid build up or pain that is going to lead to injury. No personal trainer can decide this for you and if they keep pushing, push them out the door.

These are just a few examples out of hundreds that your personal trainer may not be the best option for you. When choosing a personal trainer, firstly make sure that they have a qualification from a reputable training academy. Secondly, before you commit to a contract, try them out for a week and two and assess their training style, knowledge and whether or not they are the right choice for you.





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