Published on September 29th, 2013 | by Joe Starks0
Catch Your Coach: Is Your Trainer Up To Par?
A personal coach is a great help when you are trying to get into shape and you don’t have the necessary knowledge to maximize what you gain from your workout. Not only that, personal coaches can also help you stay motivated when your life outside the gym make your personal health seem unimportant in comparison to your other responsibilities. A good coach should make you love exercise in time. Everyone can just hit the gym and use some machines, what a personal trainer does is much, much more than that. But, what happens if that trainer is no good for you? Not all people who call themselves personal trainers actually are good at what they do. So, how do you test them? This is what we’ll discuss in this article.
Tips on how to evaluate your trainer
There is no simple way to know if a trainer will be the best possible trainer for you just from looking at them. But, there are some easy tips you can follow to make sure you don’t choose the worst possible trainers out there. Here are the most important ones:
- Check out their body. Trainers that are out of shape probably won’t inspire you to become a fit person either. Trainers can also be a bit too buffed for you. Not everyone wants a bodybuilder’s muscles, so don’t choose a super muscular trainer if that isn’t your thing. Trainers can also be too skinny for your taste and goals. Remember this isn’t about personal appeal, the trainer’s body shows their own training style and eating regime.
- Talk with them. A trainer might be awesome, but you just might not like their character or attitude. Personal trainers can be bad for you if you can’t like them as people. Get to know your trainer a bit before committing.
- Ask for credentials. A professional will willingly show you their degrees and other credentials once you ask for them. It might be embarrassing, but in the end you are doing the real trainers a favor by choosing only those who actually toiled to study their field.
- Check their attitude. Are they late for sessions? Do they talk on their cellphone during your paid training time? Is your session boringly similar every time? Personal trainers are expensive and you are buying their full attention. Don’t settle for less no matter what they say.
- Ask for a trial. A real professional will be willing to give you a trial, just so you can both gauge to see if you are good with and for each other. Trainers don’t want to waste their time either.
How to tell a pro from a pervert
It is a touchy subject, but some trainers, or wannabe trainers, chose this profession for the wrong reasons. A trainer is allowed to touch you to show you correct posture etc if you allow it, but some trainers abuse that privilege to get close to you. A real trainer has to be professional, with minimum, practical touching and no flirting at all. It is not within their rights to give you lewd looks or demand your sexual attention in any way.
Even when a trainer is not abusing their position, you should be very clear if you do not want to be touched or looked at in ways you do not like. It is best to be absolutely clear about where you stand and what type of relationship you have with your trainer. If things get out of hand you should leave and/or report your trainer’s behavior to their superior.
Do not let anyone tell you that you “asked for” unwanted attention. You have every right to wear sexy tights without anyone feeling you up or creeping you out. You can always stay on the safe side by being distant and professional yourself. Make sure you and your trainer focus on getting you fit.
In the end most trainer-trainee relationships are beneficial, so finding that good trainer should not be too hard as long as you keep an eye out for the telltale signs of an unprofessional trainer. Be polite and very precise about what you want and chances are you will get it!