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  • Man! And I thought it would be great to be a personal trainer 😀😀😀
  • Complaining? Pushing hard? My trainer pushed me so hard even though I have told me I was in pain that I needed a an operation to fix my shoulder that got damaged as a result. I had to stay in bed for 6 months because I couldn't even walk get dressed or bathe on my own. It has taken me 12 months to recover and I have gained over 60 pounds. Trainers should listen to our complaints because there might be some truth to them. Pushing hard is again very tricky. They push you but they don't actually know how much you can take and there is a fine line between lifting heavy and damaging yourself.
  • I disagree with this article completely. Personal trainers need to listen to excuses and complaints to know more about the client, and to tailor their workouts for them. And if the client is being chatty, great! I have a throat condition and can't talk hardly at all. People should be more thankful when they're able to talk. People take it for granted, until it's taken away. What happened to this is the right pace, if we can carry on a conversation? If trainers don't like listening to people, maybe they're in the wrong line of work.
  • I know this article is old, but I agree with one of the previous posters (ONLINEASLLOU)...I believe a trainer should adjust his/her style to the client, not expect the client to adjust to the trainer. A trainer's idea of pushing and my idea of pushing may be completely different and generate different results. For example, a trainer's idea of pushing could be to yell. I don't respond well to being yelled at. My idea of pushing is more along the lines of encouragement ("Come can do 1 more! You're almost there!" etc.). And as far as conversation, I'm not sure how that's an issue. For me, sometimes conversation is a good distraction from miles/minutes/reps or whatever. I may have been so busy in conversation with my trainer that I got through an exercise without complaining. Sounds to me like a bunch of whiny trainers gave their 2 cents on this one.
    As a RDN, I find it concerning that personal trainers are giving diet plans and/or nutrition advice. Many health facilities strictly ban this. If you need extra guidance/instruction/motivation on your exercise and fitness, hire a personal trainer. If you need nutrition/diet/healthy eating help, hire a Registered Dietitian.
    I enjoyed this. But I have to add, except for a couple of the points, these are things no one wants the people they work with to do!
  • The attitude of the trainer who wrote this article is why I will probably never hire a trainer.

    If I am paying for someone's time, I expect them to adjust their approach to meet MY needs and preferences ... not the other way around. A knowledgeable and skilled professional should be committed and able to meeting the needs of the client.
    These are interesting points I haven't really considered, like the last point in the article explaining not to wear really baggy clothes. I haven't had a personal trainer before, so I don't know if this list is common knowledge for a lot of people or not. I want to hire a personal trainer to help motivate me and get me to exercise, so it'll be good to keep this article in mind.
  • I have to agree with previous posters. I think this article would do more to make me never hire a trainer, than anything else. 1. I complain a bit. Why? Because I don't tend to be forceful enough to tell it plain. I complain when an exercise is a bit hard for me. I will complain more when I think it should be modified to fit what I can do. I won't tend to just say no, I won't do that, or I can't do that, etc.

    Now, I am to the point where I won't do the excuse making, but then I have reached my weight loss goal, but there was a time when I would have. Have the time, you only slightly know in yourself it is an excuse. If trainers are too harsh, I won't go back.

    I am a very shy, low self-esteem person and this article makes hiring a trainer sound like a very bad idea for those like me. I do hope that is not the case. (Dental hygenist are bad enough!)
  • I hired a trainer only when I felt like I'd done as much as I could on my own--not as a drill sergeant, but as a teacher. When the trainer turned out to be a meathead whose only goal seemed to be to push me to the point that I HATED THE GYM and NEVER wanted to work out again, it was clear that it wasn't for me. It's too bad; I'd like to work with a good trainer who could really tailor a program that fits my needs but that experience left a bad taste in my mouth. I really feel that since I'm paying the trainer, he or she needs to work WITH me, not AT me. I don't, and never will, gain anything by being shouted at or belittled.
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  • When you do something like this you must really be into this. Some peoples already don't have self confidence in themselves. So they have these peoples to help push them to their goal. They know if you are really working out. That's why I ask them things that I want to know and I do my own thing.
  • lol, all these people complaining about being called on their complaining! Are you fit or fat? If it is the latter, it is no wonder with all the whining. If you want to be the former, suck it up. A work out should be hard work or you are not getting what you paid for! Sure the client is paying the trainer and they have a "right" to complain, but the article writer is merely pointing out that too much complaining is one of the things hindering your progress. If that offends you, you are the one who needs to register the message the most! Accept it.
  • Silly article. IMPO its the trainer's job to help the person. As the commenter before said people go to a trainer to be pushed. That is what they are getting paid to do. To help the person change for the better. You also have to keep in mind that most people who see a trainer haven't exercised in quite a long time or maybe don't exactly know the ropes. So you have to expect some "complaints" and some negatives. When I choose a trainer, I usually go with someone I can work and connect with and I make whatever I have to say very clear. If I want to "complain" I will. As far as big clothing goes...some people want to dress in spandex. Its more comfortable dressing in baggy clothes. If anyone who reads this article and is now having 2nd thoughts......please don't listen to this mumbo jumbo. There are quality trainers.
  • As a personal trainer myself, all I can say to this article is, well, something that would be censored.

    Honestly, soooo much of what this "trainer" wishes you wouldn't do are the EXACT reasons why you need a that you can learn to like exercise, so that you don't "cheat" and then lie about it. ugh.

    Too many trainers expect their clients to come to them already "trained". The VAST majority of people who hire a trainer are doing so because they need the "push". They come to you as a complainer, excuse maker, and nutrition plan faller off of er.
    They know this about themselves. THIS is why they hired help them NOT do that anymore. What this trainer seems to be saying is she just wants you to come to her already doing all the things you hired her to help you do. Kinda silly, no?

    I've had more than a few chatty clients. You find ways to deal with work them so hard they would rather not talk! ;)

    Complainers? If they aren't complaining, I'm not doing my job!

    The diet cheaters. Well uhm, yeah, it happens. I don't expect perfection. Perfection is NOT healthy. Just don't lie about it! People lie if they think there will be negative consequences, or when they feel shame, or fear they will be made to feel shame, or maybe the feel like they've let the trainer down. There is no shame in being an imperfect human being...unless you lie about it! ;)

    The over achievers who do more than they should or eat less than they should - well, for the over exercisers, I adjust their calories, for the under eaters? Work them less. You have to look at the reasons WHY people aren't following the plan and them help them find ways to follow it...or change it up so that they WILL follow it.

    Baggy clothes - I have the same "issue" with it...however, I have a bigger issue with people feeling uncomfortable during workouts. Most women want to hide their extra weight. Having been there, I understand this. If I can't get a good sense of how the body is moving...I change the exercise. Simple.

    Not withholding health info is common sense, one would think, though I've had people fail to mention things so I've learned what questions I need to ask to avoid this.

    I seriously hope this article doesn't discourage someone who might otherwise seek out a personal trainer to sit at home on the couch or perhaps engage in a fitness program that is unsafe or less than effective.

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