7 Ways To Avoid Pissing Off Your Personal Trainer


Working with a personal trainer puts you ahead of everyone else in your gym. But it doesn’t give you the right to act like an ass. Don’t insult your trainer by being chronically late, not warming-up before the session, cheating on your program or not asking questions. You are responsible for how much you get from working with a trainer.

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Congratulations! You made the leap and signed up to work with a personal trainer. This action alone will put you two or three steps ahead of everyone else in your gym. Usually, this new relationship is a good one and both you and your trainer prosper. But sometimes these relationships crash and burn of poor judgment on the part of the client.

Here are seven ways to avoid being fired by your personal trainer.

BE ON TIME

Your trainer is on a tight schedule and will most likely have an appointment right after your session. Arriving late to your training session broadcasts a lack of respect and a lack of commitment to your training program. Your trainer has every right to charge you for the full session and is under no obligation to make up that lost time. The only one that looses out is you, because you didn’t get a full workout in and are now behind in your training program.

WARM UP

Get to the gym 10 or 15 minutes early and warm up before your session starts. This will allow your trainer to focus on the goals of the session and not on getting you ready. If your trainer hasn’t taught you a warm-up, ask for one. If you don’t warm up before your session, do not blame your trainer for pulled muscles or lack of progress.

ASK QUESTIONS

Personal trainers are not mind readers and we need your feedback to know how we’re doing. If you don’t ask questions, make suggestions or voice your likes and dislikes, we can’t make adjustments to your program. The same rule applies to changes in your health status. If you hurt your back last night playing pick up basketball, let your trainer know!

FOLLOW YOUR PROGRAM

A good personal trainer will take the time to design a workout program specifically for your goals and limitations. Don’t insult your trainer by disregarding it. More importantly, don’t blame your trainer when the program doesn’t work because you skipped out on two of your four weekly workouts.

DON’T CHEAT

Along with your program, a good personal trainer will have some diet recommendations. Don’t disregard these suggestions. Your diet is part of your program and cheating will only set yourself up for failure.

SCHEDULE EARLY

Tell your trainer about any changes to your schedule or upcoming conflicts. Your trainer makes a living by keeping a full schedule and minimizing downtime, so last-minute cancellations and attempts to “fit in a session” is lost time and lost money. Along the same lines, if you know you want to always meet at the same times each week, let your trainer know so you never lose your slot.

REFER YOUR FRIENDS

While not mandatory, nothing makes a more lasting impression than telling your friends about all the good work your trainer is doing. If you like the results you’re seeing on your program, tell everyone you know and introduce them to your trainer. Not only will you be improving your trainer’s business, but you will more likely than not get a very nice bonus for the referral.

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