1) THEY’RE NOT EDUCATING YOU.
My primary job as a trainer is to educate my clients. If your trainer is not telling you why you’re doing specific exercises, how it’s going to help you, and teaching you how to exercise on your own, then it’s hard for you to reach goals and eventually become self-sufficient. Many trainers don’t want their clients to become self-sufficient in fear that they might lose their client.
2)THEY DON’T HAVE EDUCATION TO GIVE.
Many trainers don’t educate their clients because they simply don’t have a very good comprehension of how the body works. “Sprints are good for your butt” does not give you much information to walk away with. The alternative: “Your Glute Maximus is made of predominantly fast twitch muscle fibers, so high intensity exercises like sprints, squats, and lunges will do a better job of activating it. These exercises will also burn more calories and stimulate anabolic hormone production to help tone muscle and burn fat all over your body.” The key is to be technical without being overly technical.
3)THEY DON’T PERFORM ASSESSMENTS.
This is the biggest reason to fire your trainer. If he/she is not performing assessments off the bat, then what exactly are they basing your workout or nutritional program on? If they’re not continually performing assessments, then how are the measuring improvement? Stepping on a scale is not an assessment. Real assessments should include:
Measuring body fat, Measuring range of motion, Measuring pelvic tilt and spinal angles, Testing inner core stability, and Postural analysis. If you’re not assessing, you’re guessing!
4) THEY DON’T LOOK THE PART OR PRACTICE WHAT THEY PREACH.
Your trainer shouldn’t be out of shape. Period. Unless they’ve suffered a debilitating injury that prevents them from moving, there’s no excuse. If they don’t know how to be healthy, or solve their own problems, why would you pay them to solve yours? If they’re telling you not to eat carbs and then they go on a rant about their favorite sandwich at their favorite deli, what kind of message is that sending? The absolute worst, are trainers who drink coffee while working with clients. That pretty much says “I can’t generate my own energy so I’m going to go ahead and drink this genetically modified stimulant with sugar and dairy while I try to teach you about energy and nutrition” 😳
5) THEY DON’T TALK ABOUT NUTRITION.
Nutrition is more important than exercise. There’s no debate here. You can’t out-exercise a bad diet. We eat 20-40 times a week, and if we’re lucky we work out 5 times a week. Your muscles, tendons, ligaments, organs, and every cell in your body is made of the food that goes in your mouth. So what kind of healthy body can you build at the gym if it’s made of cupcakes and Doritos. If you’re trainer isn’t educated enough to talk to you about this, they should be humble enough to insist that you see a nutritionist first.