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5 Ways to Know You Need a New Trainer

A personal trainer can help you tremendously in your efforts in getting fit. Most trainers are with you 100 percent in that goal, but some can be lacking in their efforts. Trainers aren't cheap so here are a few tips that could be indicators that you may need to put your money (and time) towards another trainer:

  1. She did not sit down with you to get your history. Trainers should sit down with their clients to get their health history as well as assess their fitness levels before having them do a single sit-up.
  2. He does not pay attention while you're doing your exercises. A trainer is supposed to make sure you are doing the exercises properly so you can get the best workout. If your trainer takes the time to clean up the weight room, check her voice mail or gossip with another trainer while you're doing your sets then you may want to look for another trainer.
  3. She has you doing the same stuff over and over again. This is why you hired a trainer in the first place, right? Your trainer should have you switching up your exercises. A little repetition is OK, but doing the same stuff over and over again is not.

There are a few more so


  1. He makes you cry. Don't laugh, it happens. If you don't mix well with your trainer then you should try to find a better match to your personality. There is no rule you have to stick with a trainer you just don't like.
  2. She airs out dirty laundry to you. You're paying her to help you work out, not to help her with her boyfriend problems. Sure, there is nothing wrong with a little girl talk, but it shouldn't get in the way of your exercise.

Do you have anything you'd like to add to the list? Share them below.


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Silverlining10 Silverlining10 9 years
I laughed out loud. I can just imagine a trainer on the phone while you're working out. That would suck! Also, making me cry won't end well. I would probably get hostile right back!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I liked my trainer. He was always inspecting my form to make sure I was doing my lifts properly so I wouldn't get hurt. He was always really professional and he always listened to my concerns. He also always challenged me with new exercises, which I loved.
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 9 years
Another couple of things to look out for: 1) They listen to you and allow you to listen to your body. As someone with a chronic neck injury, I have to be very careful about how hard & often I work out certain muscles. I had one trainer that kept pushing the issue, until I started second-guessing myself (maybe I wasn't working hard enough?), and then ended up severely injured and sidelined from the gym for 6 weeks. 2) They don't make you uncomfortable. While it's one thing for your trainer to comment on your evolving muscles/strength/tone, it is entirely inappropriate for those comments to veer into the sexual nature. That was another trainer (prior to incident #1) that made a few comments about kegel muscles (um, NOT ones that I'm looking to him to strengthen), and I canceled my future appointments. Because I know how much I need a trainer's assistance, I'm onto trainer #3, and after a couple lengthy conversations about my goals/history/etc., I think this might be a good fit.
kia kia 9 years
I have never worked with a personal trainer and am considering one for the winter.
runningesq runningesq 9 years
I don't think they do, Renee (need to have basic knowledge). My friend is a trainer and has a bio and exercise science background (and has an MPH), and she has told me that alhtough there are a lot of ways for trainers to be 'certified,' there is no government regulation, so someone can be a 'certified trainer' without the requisite knowledge .. depending on what program they went with. Ideally, a trainer SHOULD be knowledgeable about the human body, exercise, and basic nutrition, but unless they have an RD, they shouldn't be giving diet advice. As I mentioned in my original post, they can (and should, I think!) give basic advice (everything in moderation, fruits and veggies, whole grains, fibers, lean protein, good fats, etc.)
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
While I don't think we should fully rely on trainers for all nutritional information, as trainers they need to have basic knowledge of it. If you had a trainer give you bad information then they were a bad trainer. Nutrition and exercise go together. I think aimeeb was talking about general nutrition, something every good trainer should knowledgeable about and be able to share that with you.
runningesq runningesq 9 years
I respectfully disagree with you, aimeeb ... while I think trainers can ask about and give very general advice about eating (fruits and veggies, fiber, lean protein, whole grains, etc.) they aren't RDs and shouldn't give nutritional advice. I had a trainer tell me to "eat less carbs" because I "store too much fat in my stomach." Um, (1) I'm a distance runner, I need the carbs, and (2) you can't control where your body stores fat. Thanks.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
All great suggestions. I think they should always try and inquire about eating habits because if you're not exercising correctly all the exercise in the world won't help.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
Personally I need a trainer that is all about positive reinforcement. I can't work out with drill sargents. So just find what works best for you and find a trainer that is the same. Also my current trainer is Insanely knowledgable about nutrition, supplements etc. I swear the guy knows everything. I love when he tells me I need more something, but then explains exactly how it will help me. Now if only they were cheaper!
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