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 trainer....so 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 you....to 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 it...like 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.
- 12/7/2012 7:46:26 PM