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My Worst Personal Training Experience Ever--and What You Can Learn from It

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Last month, I joined a new gym. (So did my boyfriend, and we hope to work out together more often.) Each new member is offered one free session with a personal trainer.

The reason I wanted to join a gym is because although I exercise regularly--I run three times a week and practice yoga most days--I (gulp) skimp on strength training. Though I do build strength with yoga, I know I need to add some cross-training to my regimen. My excuse: I'm busy! But, by rejoining a gym, I have committed to strength training at least twice a week. So far, I've stuck with that goal.

I arrived at the gym, ready to work out. The trainer started with a fitness assessment. My body fat had dropped a half-percent since April (yay!), and my weight was about four pounds higher (I was wearing shoes, but I haven't been running as much in this heat). I felt pretty good about myself. And then we started talking…

The trainer asked me a little about my fitness background:

"Well, I haven't been to a gym since last fall…"

"Last fall?" he asked, his brow furrowing.

"Yes, but I'm a yoga instructor and I've been training for various races. Between running and yoga, I didn't need a gym. I work out at least five days a week."

Trainer wasn't pleased, but he moved on.

"Why aren’t you in the best shape of your life?" he asked.

I cleared my throat, contemplating my answer.

I am in the best shape of my life. I'm not the thinnest I've ever been, but I'm definitely the strongest. I ran a half marathon three months ago, and I'm starting to train for my second one. My shoulders and arms are getting stronger and more defined, and I just feel good.

"What's keeping you from reaching your fullest potential? What's your weakness?" he asked before I could respond.

"I like a glass of wine with dinner," I said. "I like good food. I eat right, but I eat."

"Well, it sounds like nutrition is an issue for you."

"Actually, I'm a vegetarian who cooks mostly from scratch. I work for a healthy living website, and nutrition is one of the topics I cover. I eat when I'm hungry, but I eat pretty healthy most of the time."

He changed gears.

"Let's look at your body fat percentage."

He pulled out a chart.

"Yours is here," he said, pointing to his chart's section for above average. I looked more closely at the chart. I'm familiar with the categories for body fat percentages, and the gym's chart was off. According to the American Council on Exercise, a woman with 21%-24% body fat is in the "fitness" range; 14%-20% is "athlete" range. ACE tells me I'm in "fitness" range; the gym tells me I'm "above average."

"We want to get you here," he said, indicating the "fit" range on his chart, which started much lower than the ACE chart. "Now let's get started."

He called over another trainer, who started my workout.

For 25 minutes, the trainer led me through a series of exercises that pushed my limits. Full pushups to plank to forearm planks, several kettlebell exercises, more squat than I care to remember, and several straight-leg abs exercises.

Just halfway through the workout, when the trainer was checking his phone instead of checking my form, I knew that this would be the first and the last workout I would do with him. (Better to break up with a trainer sooner rather than later!) I couldn’t wait to get to work today to tell Coach Nicole all about this workout--there were so many things he did that would have made her cringe!

From giving me no instruction on kettlebells to asking me to go way too low in squats, then focusing on abs exercises that--I repeatedly told him--compromised my lower back by forcing it off the mat, I knew I had a blog post in the making.

I will continue to go to the gym, but I will look to other fitness professionals (and our Exercise Demos) to help me integrate strength training into my routine.

Not only is my body in the best shape of its life, but so is my mind. I'm confident about my body, and I accept my flaws. I will never have a bikini-ready belly, and I'm OK with that. I love myself, and anyone who tries to tear me down--even for the sake of "toning me up"--has no place in my life. I could have much lower body fat if I spent more time in the gym or restricted my eating. I don't want to do either of those things. I eat right, exercise regularly, and I'm at a happy weight.

Let my experience be a lesson for you.

1. Don't let anyone try to deflate your self-esteem. Regardless of your fitness and health goals, your self-worth is not determined by a number on the scale or your body fat percentage. If a trainer doesn't respect the hard work you're doing to reach your goal, find someone who does!

2. A trainer is not a dietitian, a therapist, or a pharmacist. Know what they can recommend and what they can't. (Learn more about what to look for in a trainer.)

3. Don't be afraid to say no. I knew heading into my "free" session that the trainer would try to sell me a year's worth of sessions. Though I told him early on that I usually work out at least five days a week, he tried to tell me I wasn't committed to fitness. I thanked him for his time and told him I didn't want any sessions. "You won't be back," he said. Um, to the gym, yes. To you, no.

Trainers can be a valuable resource along the road to a healthier you, and I know people who credit theirs in large part for their success. My experience was, I hope, a rare one. I don't want to single out one person or one gym (I won't name names), but I hope you'll remember my experience when you're out shopping for a gym or a trainer. A few years ago, when I first tried to lose weight, I went to gym that offered a free session every three months. The trainers there were wonderful, and I wish I could have afforded regular sessions because then, unlike now, I needed the motivation. (Take our quiz: Do You Need a Personal Trainer?)

Have you ever used a personal trainer? What results did you achieve? What would you have done if you were me?

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OH man that was crazy! I can only imagine how he would treat someone like me who's body fat is much higher and has further to go. Report
ST91347
over the course of the 20 something years that I have been working out, I have had a few personal trainers. I guess I have been lucky, I've always had good ones. You definitely did not. Yeah, a trainer wants to sell sessions, but a good trainer will make you want to to buy them by showing you what you can achieve with his or her instruction and help. A good trainer is also passionate about correct form and correct exercises for the individual.
I think you should have spoken to the manager of the club. That guy is bad for their business. Report
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The guy sounds like a jerk. He must have been so fixated on his spiel that he wasn't even listening to you.

I've just had my first ever personal trainer session and I'm very happy. One thing though, she doesn't seem to be used to people who are already quite fit. I didn't feel terribly challenged so this week we'll need to up the intensity a bit.

Thanks for the blog and all the tips! Report
He was just using sales techniques on you and not really seeing where you were at or caring... Report
Great article. Really points out that even if a person is labelled an "expert", it doesn't mean they are. Nor does it mean they have the right to undermine your self-esteem. I have met some wonderful personal trainers, and even though I have always been intimidated by the whole process, they always managed to (eventually) put me at my ease. Report
PARK.CARRIEL
I was definitely pressured into buying personal training sessions when I had my free session at the gym. I had several different trainers over the course of a year, some good, some bad. Unfortunately the last one pushed me past my limits, coached me to use incorrect form, and I ended up with severe knee injuries and have not been able to exercise or walk without pain for over 3 months. Don't trust that the trainer knows what he or she is doing. Report
Have you ever used a personal trainer? Yes, several! Both male & female.
What results did you achieve? It got me to the gym because I paid LOTS of money for the sessions, but in the end, it did not achieve weight loss nor make me feel successful enough to come back on my own. I had better core strength, though, and could throw a medicine ball like you wouldn't believe.
What would you have done if you were me? Gotten certified as a personal trainer and taken all his clients! Report
Once again we see why the weight loss and fitness business is a billion dollar business, and there are snake oil salesman all over the place, yet they continue to make money and find jobs. They should be stripped of their licenses. Report
Burning Question...did you provide feedback, in writing, to the management of that particular gym as well as its headquarters (presuming is a "chain")?

Too frequently we provide feedback amongst our friends and/or collegues (or, in this case, our Spark "Family") but do not provide constructive criticism where it needs to be heard the most. Things can not and will not change unless we (myself included) do not provide the information for "the powers that be" to work from...frequently (actually most often for me) this works to the ultimate benefit of the customer sharing the information, but future customers as well as the employee(s) and company in question.

Especially when our health, well-being (physical and mental), and pocketbooks/wallets can and sometimes/frequently are adversely affected!

(By the way, if there is any negative "tone" to my post it is attributable to my "righteous indignation" regarding how you were treated, ignored, and dismissed by a proported "professional!")

Thank you for increasing our awareness and reminding us that we are empowered to "vote with our feet (and wallets)!" Report
I have a trainer who I absolutely love! Actually, I have had two that I absolutely loved! The first one moved out of state or else I would still be working out with him. Just like with any other profession, there are those who are not committed to doing the best job that they can. You have to find one who is committed to helping you achieve your goals, not theirs. Report
Sounds like your trainer was working from a standard script that probably fits most people just starting out at the gym, and it scares people into signing up for more personal training. The weight chart was probably a special prop made for the sales job. Good money for your trainer, bad deal for you. I would definitely not go to someone who gave out bad information. I cringe at the thought. It sounds a little bit like my free personal training session except that it was not so extreme and 1) I really am overweight and 2) I am not in the best shape of my life.

I don't mind acknowledging the truth. At my age, with a husband (albeit out of the country, for now), 2 kids and a full-time job, I have other priorities, although I am trying to make exercise a higher priority.

Good luck with your strength training, and keep up the good work! Report
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Those weren't trainers....the first guy was the sales guy (the same type of person I had to deal during my "free" fitness test)....when I told him what my fitness goals were (climbing the CN Tower) he said i needed all kinds of specific training for it...also said I needed to lose weight and inches


When I met with the actual trainer who was going to start me up, I mentioned that I was on weight watchers at the time he asked me WHY i was on WW and said that I didn't need to lose weight (that made me smile...)....he was a good trainer, but with the prices i just could not afford it....

I also proved the sales guy wrong...I DID climb the CN Tower...in 37 mins...and I ran my first 5K in 36 mins....

You really have to watch trainers....if it's not a good fit it's not a good fit...but the sales guys disguised as trainers are the ones you REALLY have to watch out for.... Report
I was going to post a comment here, but I decided it actually felt like a blog post. So I posted it there.

I will say that my trainer, Dawn the Tormentor, is awesome. You can check the blog on my SparkPage if you want more details. Report
There is a reason 'ordinary' people can be afraid of gyms and weight training and strenuous exercise. I had a client once who was a nationally ranked marathoner, a health-and-wellness professional. She had a trainer who pushed HER too hard. What chance do the rest of us have? Thank you for the good advice. Report
I think that just about anyone who's been in a gym has had this kind of experience (unfortunately). However, their are many personal trainers that will work with you and assist you meet your fitness goals. It might just take time to find the right fitness professional for you (it took me 3 tries!) Report
You know at the gym that I am with, you have to pay extra for training...it isn't included in the membership, which I think is bogus because what are they there for?? I was really disappointed. Of course, the other gym isn't really any better. They have "free" trainers but you can never find one just to work with you. I just said the heck with it and trained on my own with sparkpeople. Report
I have had many trainers and each were different, but each helped me with MY goals and didn't press their own agendas. I have found good trainers and better trainers at the gym that I go to (planet fitness). The one that I have now is great. My grandma and I train together and we are completely opposite (I am tall and overweight and she is short and very thin). He always changes the routine in order to make sure that I am working hard enough and that my grandma can do the same exercise without hurting herself (even making the exercise a standing one since she has a weak neck and can't do situps and such). I am surprized at the antics of the trainer that you went to and I would try the company again but ask for someone else. Also, you may want to complain to the owner of the company. If this trainer treated you like that (and you are very fit) what would he say to someone like me that needs to lose a lot of wieght. Report
My one and only personal trainer session was great. For the trainer. She spent very little time instructing me and a great deal asking my advice (as a high school teacher) how to get her teenage son to buckle down to his school work. My workout was a halfhearted afterthought on her part. Report
My only brush with a personal trainer had me out the door before I ever considered joining the gym. I went with a specific program I wanted to try but I had no knowledge of any of the equipment. The young man totally dismissed my questions and interests and started in on what HE thought. I said thanks, and LEFT asap. Report
I had the WORST trainer ever when I first joined the gym. I was suckered into the idea of being "in the best shape of my life" and bought a years worth of training. The person I was "placed" with didn't talk to me, walked me from machine to machine and told me what to do. That's it. Nothing. No interaction. I paid a HUGE fee to get out of my contract early, I had 12 sessions prepaid.

I quit going to her after the second session.

And I didn't step foot into the gym again until this May... 1.5 years later.

By the time I was about 6 weeks in, I remembered that I had 10 sessions left. I wanted to get rid of them so I could switch gyms. I called up the head trainer, told them my previous saga, and told them EXACTLY what kind of person I was looking for. They placed me with Chris, and it's been magical. I even Sparked him and he joined SparkPeople.

I love love love my trainer. I've never had someone work WITH me and encourage me and really believe that I was going to achieve what I set out to do. He told me from day one that he only had one rule: I couldn't quit. I liked him right away!

He told me to forget the scale and concentrate on getting stronger. He provided me that freedom... and it's stuck! Report
Reading this blog and the comments has been really interesting. I recently had one of those free sessions at my gym, and I was also displeased, but for different reasons. Mine seemed worried that I could have disordered eating and that my modest 5 to 7 pound weight loss goals were completely unreasonable. My BMI is currently around 23.5, so I don't think it would be dangerous to lose 5 pounds, honestly. She was a really sweet person, and she had some good suggestions, but she really wasn't what I needed. I would like to see a trainer every few months for suggestions and tips, but I wouldn't see her again. Report
I love my trainer. He's motivating, he knows how to read my body's reaction to the work we do, he researches the best exercises to strengthen me for my other activities, and he's very aware and careful of injury and pain. He got me started boxing and I love it. I only see him once a week, but he is always just a text away if I have a question. He's not a nutritionist, but he does have a certificate in it so he can share basic information with me. He also gives me tips on exercises to do at home to help with a back injury I sustained (fell off the horse...). Maybe I'm lucky, but it's been a wonderful experience. Report
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Stephanie THANK YOU so much for sharing this experience. I just joined an "abs glute" class and, at this one time, I'm the only one in it! Because of my limitations, Rob thinks its a good Idea. He can spend the 15 mins on ME. I feel like I have a 15 min-once-a-week pt session. Only THIS "pt" session has nothing to do with "pain-and-torture (physical therapy)". It's PERSONAL! HUGS Laurie Report
BLIZZARDSMOM
Ok I work in a gym. I realize that everyone is human, if you want/need a trainer and you aren't happy with your gym cancel your membership and go else where. I find that trainers at private gyms are more pushy. I don't push the way this guy did. Use the food tracker, use the fitness tracker, and the motivational message boards. Trainers are only human but that person sounds like they are really high on themselves. Every one is an individual, community center gyms are usually better. The trainers are better because we are compasionate, we are paid by the community and we are there to help. At private gyms, selling training sessions is the only way they get paid.

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Thank you so much for the reminder that my self worth has nothing to do with a number on a scale. I lose sight of that periodically and will probably post that statement somewhere I will see it regularly. Report
A "free session" trainer weighed me. I was 5'3" and 137, higher than I want to be but still a "healthy" BMI. He told me my weight was "not too terrible."

I kept with him a month and he honestly was an okay trainer. But the stuff they tell you to make you feel like crap is awful. Report
I have not used a trainer before. If I could I would use the personal trainers at my gym, but $ is the issue. However, most of them I am familiar with. Most have taught classes, & are very passionate about what they do. They try to inspire not by making you feel less then like your trainer seemed to have done. It might work for Jillian Michaels, but we know
that's her style, & she is caring & super knowlegeable. I
would have done what you did. Your trainers should have
applauded you for your commitment & what you are doing.
It's good you know proper form etc, because many people
could really get sore from improper form, and maybe become uncomfortable. & not come back to the gym at all. Good for you for standing up & saying something. You don't need a trainer at all. Keep up the good work!!! Report
Several years ago, I spent a brief time going to a gym. For my "free" trainer session, I was assigned a male trainer (apparently the gym's policy was to assign male trainers to women and female trainers to men - one didn't get a choice.)

This made me really extremely uncomfortable; I would much rather have had a woman who could perhaps relate to my general experiences and body type better. I used the gym for several months, but never again asked about using a trainer. I didn't trust their ability to be sensitive to their customer's needs and comfort levels.

This is one of the several reasons why I have been staying away from gyms for many years now, preferring martial arts, bicycling, etc. to keep fit. Report
Trainers like this are a lot of the reason why people like me avoid going to the gym at all. I know that I need to start going to the gym, and because of my physical limitations I know that I need to start with a few sessions with a trainer. But I don't want to have to go through what this man put you through, and that is why I have not yet signed up with any gym at all. I wonder if people like this have any idea that they are scaring away people who really need to go the gym and work with a trainer.... Report
I have had two personal trainers. One of whom is still a friend but for health reasons of her own can no longer train me. She was great and also a nutritionist. She was all for me losing weight but in a healthy way. The other trainer I had he was really cute but he seemed to just care about me losing weight..by any means necessary. Report
I love my trainer. Seriously. He's never like this. We've had issues with scheduling because we're both in college but for the most part he's a true blessing. I have lost 39lbs since May 1, 2010 and am still going.
What would I do if he acted like that? I'd leave and report him to his boss - and he'd expect it. The one and only time he has ever walked away from me or even really turned his attention to something else was when another client of the Y was doing something unsafe and he went to correct him. I can live with that type of "interruption" . My trainer is supportive of me, my goals and is always pointing out my improvements, after reading this I realize how blessed I am. Report
You have more self-restraint than I. I'm afraid he would have been treated to a big piece of my mind. What an arrogant jerk! I wonder if they would be so hard up for sales if they actually treated people like human beings? Report
Only went once to my 'free training session' at Best Fitness. The girl was nice but made me feel like I couldn't accomplish my goals without her. This was on DAY ONE! The workout was decent and I did feel pushed to go harder/longer, but she kept pushing her future pay sessions. When I asked if I could come in for only 1-2 sessions a week that was unheard of. I enjoy working out on my own...and I proved to myself I do NOT need a trainer to reach my goals. I am my own best trainer!
Everyones personalities differ and for some it might help to have one, but they aren't for me! I could use that $$$$ elsewhere~like buying nice new clothes! Report
I've never had a personal trainer but I have seen plenty of them at the gym flirting with other trainers while working with a client or looking bored or checking their iphones etc. Not for me! Report
Not a personal trainer but a boot camp instructor that felt his way was the only way. Anytime I attend any classes, I go with the intent of doing my very best, working to my limit but not working pass my limits to impress the instructor or any other person in class. I won't risk injury to impress anyone! The final straw was when he made this grand speech after class about "some people" not giving 100%. (of course he said this while looking directly at me) and something else about asking him questions after class when all we needed to do was follow his instructions. I left and never went back. He actually became my motivation to really get into the best shape of my life, just so I could prove, I could do it "my" way. Report
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I think this is why i so often just skip the gym. As a competitive swimmer, water polo player, and cross country runner I had enough barking and drilling to last a life time. And the gyms in our area seem to require perfect hair, makeup, and workout gear, and bodies. I KNOW there are better/ different places out there, but I have never been able to afford them. So far my videos, weights, yoga mats, running shoes, hikking boots and pack have been doing fine by ourselves! Report
RULETHEWORLD
Sounds like a complete nightmare! :(
Two years ago, I joined a gym for many of the same reasons as everyone here. I took advantage of the free PT session, and the guy made me feel so bad about myself that I never returned (and this was only my second visit)! I can understand motivation, but I cannot understand personal degradation. I shouldn't be made to feel like an inferior human being because I simply cannot do more than three situps - that is what you get paid, BY ME AND OTHER GYM MEMBERS, to do - right? Report
If I had gone to this clown and he started to lay into me like that I have the nature to defy, and I would have raised a big stink, (or at least challenged his every word) I think I would have asked to see his credentials and if he couldn't produce, I wouldn't work with him. He is providing a service to you...not the other way around. Report
JASPEED
Good for you. I've had a personal trainer before that was more concerned about flurting with the other trainers than helping me. She had pat exercises and they were not specific for each level of fitness or age. I went to her only once. Report
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I learned how to lift weights over 20 years ago, when I was in High School. I had a guy friend who was super excited to have a girl want to learn about lifting and he gladly took me around the gym and showed me how to do different exercises using free weights. He was a stickler for form and safety; the lessons he taught me then have helped make sure I never injur myself while working out. About a year ago I was at an intimate event where the host was talking to people about weight lifting. He recommended and demonstrated 3 exercises that are really bad for the lower back, the rotator cuff, and the elbow respectively. I felt compelled to take him to task. He didn't look kindly on a 300+ pound woman telling him, in the kinddest most tactful way, that he was being irresponsible for telling folks to do things that would injur them. He finally admitted that he does these exercises at a very very low weight compared to the rest of his routine specifically to avoid injury. How great it was to know the rest of the gathering heard that. I was then and continue to be for ever grateful to my childhood friend David for stressing safety and proper from in the gym at all times.

If I were in your shoes, I'd have a serious conversation with both the trainers you saw and their supervisor. Suposed experts "helping" folks get fit need to be responsible for the attitudes they exhibit and the advice they impart. Report
ZANEITE
Unfortunately there is a strong "sales at any cost" subculture in the world of Personal Training. Even worse, there seem to be a number of trainers whose credentials are very questionable. Chain gyms in particular seem to have a lot of these folks.

On the other hand, there are a number of genuinely qualified professionals in the field so it pays to shop around. A good Personal Trainer is a teacher and a motivator - not a drill sergeant or a bully.

All in all, I've always preferred going to yoga. Report
PENNYN62
Wow I am glad to see I am not alone. I have fibromyalgia - so some days I can do everything and some days I can't. My trainers hassled me so much by saying, "do it anyway, no matter if it hurts or not." I got through my money and never have gone back. I do walk, do pilates and do 50 + zumba. And for the most part feel good. I am so happy I read this today, thank you. Now I don't feel like a quitter. Penny Report
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I've had three great trainers (no bad ones) in my workout "life". I think it helped that I was very clear upfront when I talked to the gym about what I was looking for in a trainer: 1) someone who motivated through positive statements, not criticism or "drill sargeant" style; 2) someone intelligent; 3) not someone who was more into his/her body than mine; 4) someone who was more "low key" - not chirpy or fluffy; and 5) someone who could help me work around some injuries and limitations I have. (This year's list: hyper-flexible joints, a tendency to break bones including a recent stress fracture, an old rotator cuff injury and a fairly recent back injury - two ruptured discs.)

The two most important themes in this list for me are: a) experience in working with injured people; and b) a personality type that meshes with mine. My trainer doesn't have to be exactly like me (if she was, then I'd probably have her body, not mine ...). But I do know who I get along with, who motivates me - and who turns me off. Report
I had a personal trainer 2 years ago and lost 42lbs. However, the gym I attend has a very high turnover rate for trainers so I didn't have the same trainer the entire year I signed up for. I mustve went through 4 or 5 different trainers during that time, and only 2 were good trainers. They served their purpose though, which was to get me familiarized with the equipment and workout routines so I could do it on my own. Report
My first experience with a personal trainer was a nightmare. My husband and I joined a gym and PAID for a months worth of training to help us understand the equipment and get a routine going. Our trainer did not listen to what we wanted... we weren't interested in beefing up our bodies like his was. I wanted to focus on weight loss and toning, my husband wanted to start with some toning and just get INTO the gym scene.

On our second day, the trainer was pushing us so hard, forcing our bodies and limbs to do 'Just ONE more'. If we couldn't lift the weight that last time, he would help us lift the weight, then do ONE more for good measure. He did this the entire time, and when we walked out of the gym doors, my husband doubled over and vomit. I was quite upset about that. I walked back into the gym to ask for a towel for his face, and told them they had a mess to clean up. They responded with 'Oh, that's normal. It happens to a LOT Of people'. No... I'm sorry, that's not normal. I don't buy that.

Sadly, that month tainted my view of the gym and I wasted a year of paying for the gym membership for TWO, as we both seemed to suffer an unwillingness to go back. I wanted too... it was a good gym otherwise! But seeing that bozo trainer strutting around caused my feathers to ruffle. Report
I am very happy with the trainer I have but I do know she has a similar script and such but she did what Cindy1202 did and she basically read it, put it aside then really asked me what I was hoping to get. I told her I wanted to be fit before 40 and she is helping me get there, I'm so much stronger, she did it slower than a previous trainer but the results are awesome. I've dropped some pounds (not as much as I'd hoped - and she's never critized or berated about that - she's listened to me and been a help with emotional eating) the inches that I've lost are what I've noticed my body is fitter, its changed shape and I'm down 2 sizes. Report
CINDY1202
I am a certified personal trainer and I work for one of the "national chains". I recognize the "script" that this so-called trainer read to you. Sometimes the chains subscribe to a software company that helps them with club management and sales, thus the script. An experienced trainer will read that script, shake their head, and shove it in a drawer. Then, they'll do what they know is best when it comes to selling sessions and working with clients: they'll LISTEN, show respect, ask questions to find out what the client wants, work to make that person feel comfortable, compliment their efforts, get to know them so that they can understand what motivates them. Do assessments that help them set a goal, stay with them every step of the way while they work toward that goal - especially when they have setbacks. Keep encouraging them, pushing their limits, and making them feel awesome about themselves. A good trainer doesn't have to have a perfect body, but they do have to have great ears!!! I'm glad that I work for someone who recognizes the value in what I do, even if I don't follow the script. Report
STEPFANIER
@CINDY1202: Way to go! I know that most trainers out there (even those at chain gyms) are more like you. Thank you for your comment! Report
MOVINGON2DAY
I am fortunate to have had the complete opposite experience. My trainer was awesome - teaching me the right things to do for what I wanted to accomplish, providing me with 'at-home' exercises for our off days, and being my cheerleader for our time together. I was constantly told "you're doing awesome" or "I'm so proud of you", and I laughed almost every session - we had a ball together, and my PT made me want to go to the gym, even after we were done together! Report
I had the same experience at the gym with my free training session. On all the machines they maxed the weight out and then asked if I felt the burn... Duh, you idiot, if you max the weight out and have to help me of course my arms will be sore tomorrow. The problem is I don't want to bulk up, I want to tone, so you're aren't helping squat here buddy. Needless to say I thanked him for his time, and my circuts at my weights and reps and have been toning up nicely.
I did have a great workout with a female trainer, and think she understood my body and my goals better then the men.
I hope you are enjoying your workouts at the gym! Report
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