Today I decided to offer my highly personalized opinion to the matter of other personal trainers and if you’re getting your money’s worth! Please take everything you read with several pounds of salt, as I am obviously biased when it comes to my industry.
First things first… A personal trainer should be licensed by one of the more reputable organizations such as NASM, ACE or ISSA. While being licensed itself is no guarantee of quality, it does show, at the very least, that the individual was willing to invest into their career.
Secondly, a trainer should be in shape! By that I do not necessarily mean looking like Bob Paris, (even though that would be a good idea), but as Mark Wahlberg said “I would never take fitness advice from someone who is in worse shape than I am.”
Thirdly, the personal trainer should care about you. By that I mean that they should listen to you and provide you with the tools to function the other 23 hours of the day. A good personal trainer/coach will outline your entire week in terms of diet and training for you as well as with their being reachable via email, text or otherwise.
1. Starting the workout with cardio. You must be joking!! I see this all the time and it annoys the living crap out of me! If the client wants to do cardio, he can come early or stay late. This is a sign of inherent laziness.
2. Starting with abs. Aside from the fact that fully grown adults should be capable of training abs by themselves, doing them in the beginning of the workout speaks of incompetence. Weakening the core before you even attempt the big exercises is just not a good idea.
3. Not doing squats, rows or presses as it shows both incompetence and laziness.
4. Jumping from fad to fad. TRX Tuesday, Commando Rope Wednesday, kettle bell Thursday… STOP! Pick a strategy and stick with it for 4-6 weeks.
The above should give you an idea as to whether you are in good hands. If not, then call us so that we can get you on the path to your personal success today!