I admire those of you who can regard yourselves as erotic hotshots post-workout. Personally, I look like a reddened, hunched over ghoul. I won’t even make eye contact with you unless you’re handing me ice water or rescuing me from whatever machine has imprisoned me that day due to my grievous misinterpretation of it.
In any case, be careful out there, lovers. At least wear your shower shoes.
With most of my knowledge of fitness gleaned from reality TV, I imagine a personal trainer’s primary role is to yell at people to exercise. Of course nothing is so simple; a good trainer understands how different exercises and diets will affect the body, and what their trainees need to do achieve their fitness goals.
There was a lot of discussion in the comments section about certification, but I felt the aspect of personality mesh or clash wasn’t addressed. You can have all the knowledge, but if it’s difficult to transfer that information or even motivate & challenge – it’s moot. And the personal trainer is a reflection of the clientele – lots of New Years Resolutioners won’t last the month of January…
Personal trainers, fresh vegetables, and gym memberships all cost money. Not everyone can afford such luxuries. It’s one reason why being poor is too expensive—a crappy diet and sedentary lifestyle costs more down the line. Don’t worry: While fitness comes at a price, it’s not one you have to pay out of your wallet.
Firing someone, even a fitness coach or personal trainer, is hard to do. You’ve invested a lot of time and energy into this person. So when you need to part ways, it actually feels like you’re breaking up with a really close friend. Nobody wants to be “the bad guy”, but if this person is no longer meeting your needs here’s how to end things (without feeling like an ass yourself).
Some trainers have a sexual harassment rider in my professional liability insurance coverage. Lots have been fired because they sexed it up with their clients, and the clients shouted their business from the roof tops. Nothing gets you over an old trainer, like a new one? 😉
There’s more to a personal trainer than simply getting an exercise prescription or having a friendly face in the gym. A good, qualified personal trainer provides you with the accountability to keep up your fitness endeavors and transform your approach to training and exercise. Here’s what we mean.
How do you know if your personal trainer is any good? Every field (even those with high barriers to entry) has quacks, and the fitness/health industry has more than its fair share. The article hit two important traits: compassionate and personalized service (i.e. customizing programs to the client’s needs/current status).
There’s a notion that a good trainer is a like a field general: someone who will “whip you” into shape. But that’s not the case. If you hire the person who closest resembles a general, you may find yourself a casualty in the battle of the bulge. Here’s what you should look for when choosing a good trainer.
I recommend using a trainer to get you started, but always have the goal of being able to do your workouts without one. Gym trainers tend to be high turnover positions, so don’t expect yours to be there down the road.
Different things work for different people.
I haven’t been too happy with the swimming coaching I’ve received. My impression is that we’re given drills and seldom is there any oversight. Which means no feedback. And then I surprise the coaches when I’m able to swim faster than they’d believed. For a while, the best thing for me was a person in my lane who was better than me – it gave me something to work towards, and it was to some extent attainable. It’s why I don’t want to be first – I have lots to learn.
I’ve been largely left alone in cycling. No one encourages my gear mashing, but it was more accepted when I could do it such that I was leading the group. And still having gas for a sprint at the end. But I’ve come to see that I can power through small hills – when I encounter real, drawn out hills I’m quite slow. Every now and then there’s some twit who wants to espouse the high cadence philosophy – I wouldn’t have a problem with it, but it’s generally from people who only look at the cadence. They aren’t what I consider a coach because they have tunnel vision about what’s going on. They also tend to be people who rarely ride with me…
On a similar vein, I took guitar lessons for a while. It was around the 6 month mark that I realized we were talking more than playing. Recently, a co-worker showed me a USB device & software that teaches you to play. It displays fingerings/tab similar to Guitar Hero, and runs you through tuning before a lesson. I’ve seen some Youtube videos, but a video won’t tell you when you’re in tune or hitting a note cleanly.