How to Know if You Have a Good Trainer
Deciding to spend the money on a trainer can be a difficult one, especially when you don’t know where to start or what to look for.
People hire a trainer because they don’t know how to properly train or they want a professional who can teach them things they don’t know. You are seeking a teacher.
But how can you tell you’re spending your money, and time, wisely?
Hey, no worries–we got your back. Because that’s what friends do, we help each other. Read on, my friend.
Picking a Trainer is Like Interviewing
Do you pick the first car you see? No, you test-drive it and shop around. Choosing the very first trainer without properly vetting him/her could land you with a lemon trainer. When you speak to your prospective trainer, first ask what certifications, education and training he/she has. You don’t learn algebra from an art teacher, so you should make sure your trainer has the proper cred to give you advice and power your goal achievement.
Stalk Your Potential Trainer
Yes, we said it. Stalk them. Are the same people that were training with them last year, still training with them? RUN.
A trainer’s purpose shouldn’t be to keep your payments flowing—you are not just a source of income. His or her goal should be to get you results. If you’re with your trainer for a year, chances are—you need a new trainer.
Think about it. If a child stays with the same teacher for more than a year—he failed….didn’t he? A teacher’s purpose is to help a student learn, grow and move on. Your trainer is not exempt. He or she should be focusing on moving clients in and out. Their steady income is reliant on great referrals, not holding you back to get extra cash. The sign of a great trainer is one who says goodbye to their clients.
Does Your Trainer Fit the Part?
No one goes to a dentist with jacked up teeth. No one goes to a plastic surgeon who looks his or her age. They just don’t. These people are a walking portfolio of what you can expect if you select their services. If your trainer is soft, not toned, easily winded or overweight, RUN. Find a new trainer.
Those who cannot change themselves cannot change you.
Is Your Trainer Making it Hard to Move?
If your trainer is an extreme fan of ‘no pain, no gain’ you may want to get a refund. While pushing yourself is a good thing, it’s different than puking after a workout or tearing muscles. Not only is this type of training counterproductive—it’s dangerous.
If your trainer has you trying to roll out of bed without using your arms or legs– when the soreness wears off, give him or her a wicked left hook. Just kidding–don’t really do that. But do take offense.
Your trainer shouldn’t be shocking your body and breaking it down right from the get-go. He or she should understand the way the body responds to exercise and let it adjust like getting into a hot bath. You EASE in.
Slow and steady wins the race.
In that way, you build more muscle than you damage and you’re not associating excruciating pain with a lifestyle change.
Is Your Trainer Taking Notes?
Your trainer should be writing down your exercises, reps and weights to track your progress. He or she should be modifying this as results come or don’t.
Weights, reps and sets should be adjusted each week based on your tracked results.
Remember—your trainer is a ‘personal’ trainer for a reason. He or she should be all up in your stuff while you’re working out so he or she can get the program right for you.
Is Your Trainer Correcting Your Form?
Let’s be real—MOST people need their form corrected. From grips and arm positions, he or she should be hands on and physically guiding your body into the correct form so you benefit from the exercise.
A simple elbow out too far or a grip too wide can produce no results—or worse—injuries. Form is one of the MOST important areas to learn to improve results.
Your trainer should be educating and correcting with each exercise.
Is Your Trainer Putting You on an Extreme Diet?
Don’t fall for it. Extreme dieting is a fast fix with long-term adverse effects. Extreme dieting is indicative of a ‘temporary’ approach to a problem that needs a lifetime solution. If he or she just wants some astonishing results quickly, your best interests are not at heart.
When you go on an extremely low or no carb diet, your body goes into ketosis. This is a normal metabolic process for balanced diets. The body feeds off fat rather than sugar for energy if you consume lower amounts of carbs. But if you take it too far, you can develop ketoacidosis which can cause a litany of issues–including death (sorry, we got a little dark, but it’s because we care.)
Additionally, extreme dieting can force your body to feed on muscles. You’re trying to build new muscle, not eat your existing muscle.
A diet should be balanced and based off your height, weight, tolerances and goals. If it has a name in front of it that isn’t yours—it’s not for you.
Additionally, it should be a lifestyle diet. Something you can do forever. Not for a set amount of time. You want permanent results, right? You should have a permanent diet (with a few cheat days in there) to get you long-term results.
Pick a trainer that will customize your meal plans with your best interests in mind to get you the best results.
Get a Good Trainer, Get Great Results
Now you know what to look for and what to avoid. If you take time in choosing the right trainer you should spend less money and time with him or her and more time buying new clothes and admiring your blossoming muscle definition.