Hiring a personal trainer comes with a lot of benefits. You get a customized program, individual attention during workouts and — maybe most importantly of all — built-in accountability. But trainers don’t come cheap. Since you’re giving up your blood, sweat, tears and paycheck, you certainly want your trainer to put in their effort, too.
Most trainers will pull their weight, but some do make mistakes that’ll cause good trainers to cringe. Here’s how to spot — and avoid — three of them.
1. They Make It About Them
“The biggest ‘mistake’ I’ve seen personal trainers make is that some train their clients with their own personal workouts, instead of interviewing the client about their goals, limitations, personal preferences, etc., so they can create an individual plan for the client,” says Jessica Smith, a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor and creator of the Walk Strong: Total Transformation 6 Week System.
Dan Plante, director of fitness for Orangetheory Fitness studios, agrees. “They’ll have the client doing something because it looks cool or because it was their workout of the day, but the exercise isn’t appropriate for the individual,” he says.
“You are investing in personal training, so be sure that is what you are getting — a trainer who is creating a personalized and specific plan that is built for you,” Smith says.