The 7 Types of Personal Trainers You Should Absolutely Avoid

Being qualified as a trainer goes beyond holding an accredited certification


There are countless advantages to working out with a personal trainer. From learning the ropes and improving athletic performance to weight loss support and injury rehab, no matter what your goal is, a qualified personal trainer can help you achieve success.

The key word here, though, is qualified. And when it comes to being an effective trainer the definition of that word goes beyond having a certificate from an accredited organization.

Here are few things to look out for and avoid when you’re shopping around for a personal trainer. And yes, you should shop around — don’t feel obligated to sign up with the first trainer who tries to sell you sessions.

1. A trainer with no "credentials."
Trainers need to have a degree in an exercise-related field or hold a certification that gives foundational knowledge to train.

2. A trainer who trains at three different gyms with clients.
The best trainers — those willing to work with you long-term — will have "roots" set in a single location rather than bouncing around to "wherever" they can simply find someone to pay them.


3. Trainers who are constantly "busy" while their attention should be on the client.
If they are constantly texting, talking to others around them and seem uninterested in the present situation, move along to another choice.

4. Trainers who have six hours per day to work on their own body, tan and "chill" with their “bros."
Simply put, more often than not the best trainers are in high demand. If they are truly invested in people, it may be challenging to get on their schedule.

5. Trainers with massive egos.
The training industry needs to be that of acceptance, not that of "elitism." More and more I hear of people who are afraid of “gym people" and what they will "think" of them. This is the industry's fault, as Facebook, Instagram and the entire culture has bred an atmosphere of arrogance and vanity that scares people away.

6. Trainers who train their clients exactly the same way.
There are trainers who think that if something worked for them, it will work for all their clients. This is a complete shame. Grandma doesn't need a bodybuilding routine, and Joe can't even squat below 60 degrees, yet you want to tell him he needs to add more weight to his squat?


7. Trainers who don't know anatomy and movement, and push clients through pain instead of correcting it through exercise.
There's a difference between muscular pain and pain stemming from faulty movement mechanics. Know the difference.

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