This blog is all about intimating you about the differences between a bad personal trainer and a good personal trainer. Before you spend all your hard-earned bucks on your personal trainer or an online personal trainer, read this blog!
First of all, Kudos to you! For taking this decision of transforming your body. Secondly, if you’ve really set your mind on cutting that fat from your body or gaining a few pounds then you must know that all this takes time and you really need to be patient enough for the changes to show on your body. That means that you’ll be spending a great amount of time in the gym with your personal trainer. Thus, having a good personal trainer is super important.
There is nothing worse than spending 6-7 months in a gym and thousands of dollars, only to step on the scale and realize that you haven’t made any progress. Trust me I know the feeling!
That is why I am here, to let you know about some common mistakes we make while choosing a personal trainer for ourselves. Read these mistakes very carefully and make sure that you don’t make the same mistakes.
Mistake #1: Not making sure that your trainer has the necessary expertise in the area you wish to train in.
When you plan on getting a personal trainer, you need to decide what exactly you would like to train for.
Start with defining your goals to achieve the desired body.
- Are you looking to lose a few pounds? Or gain a few pounds?
- Are you aiming for a shredded body?
- Are you trying to get stronger or hold your first handstand?
- Are you looking to run equal to or more than 5k?
- Do you want to just get in shape, look good and enjoy exercising?
These goals will help you determine the most suitable trainer for you.
After setting your goals, make sure that the personal trainer you choose has the necessary expertise in that particular field. Otherwise, all this will be of no use!
You’ll be required to think about what you NEED from the personal trainer.
- Are you looking for a powerlifting coach who will guide you through various compound exercises like squats, bench-press, deadlift, etc. so your form is right?
- Are you a newbie or looking to start your first 2-months program with 2 sessions per week, to keep you disciplined?
- What type of person are you? Do you need full hands-on guidance throughout your sessions or are you a quick learner and aim to thrive on your own?
Once you have set the right expectations with what you want, only then will you be able to choose the best-suited personal trainer with the right amount of expertise in your desired area of interest.
Mistake #2: Blindly accepting what your trainer tells you without making sure whether you fit together or not!
Once you find a trainer make sure to have an in-depth conversation with him/her to identify whether he or she is the right fit for you or not. The best way to identify a good trainer is to make sure that:
- He/She listens to you carefully and understands your story
- He/She asks about any past issues with injuries or experience with exercise. If you have any deficiencies or a chronic condition so that they can create a suitable program for you.
- He/She should ask about your nutrition and your eating habits. This way they can customize a diet plan tailored according to your needs.
- He/She should practice what they preach. They too should have a healthy lifestyle.
- He/She should tell you about what expertise they have and how they can help you achieve your goals. Also, they should be able to tell the success stories of their previous clients or point to their credentials and history of success.
- He/She should set the right expectations. It is a fact that this process takes time, you won’t get ripped in a month or two, but in a span of several months. They should be able to tell you about it.
All these factors will help you find the right personal trainer for yourself.
Mistake #3: Thinking a workout is more effective because it’s confusing or difficult.
Beware of such trainers who complicate your workout routine and don’t focus on your goals.
Many trainers try to confuse you with various complex movements which are not even required and put all their clients through the same cookie-cutter plans. They do this because they feel this makes them look knowledgeable than their counterparts without actually needing to do something.
Remember that, difficult workouts are good and at times beneficial for you. But, when such workouts aren’t needed then it has no effect on your body and you get a little distant from your desired body goals. It is easy to get someone tired (“go do 100 squats”), it’s harder to help someone slowly improve and build momentum.
This might be because the trainer may lack the proper education and he/she might be relying on his/her conventional wisdom. But, conventional wisdom will not help you build muscle, only proper expertise can help you do that.
So, make sure that your trainer is well educated and develops a proper workout regime for you instead of complicating things.