It’s gotta be the minority giving the majority a bad name right?
This controversial list applies to those that can be found in large Fitness First type gyms and doesn’t necessarily apply to everywhere. If you’re offended, I’m sorry (kinda).
Without further a due, here are the Top 7 mistakes of a bad personal trainer…
#7 Cookie-cutter program writing
We aren’t all created equal. Some new-comers to the gym are ectomorphs with the frame of Skeletor and the strength of a blow-fly with chronic fatigue syndrome, whilst others are world champion pie-eating champions with more chins than a huge fat guy with a sh*t-load of chins.
Why then, does mr PT consider them one and the same when concocting their routines?
#6 Inappropriate exercises
In addition to the previous point, why does Mr PT prescribe the latest in fancy leg rotation exercises for the Michelin Man, when clearly the tiniest addition of muscle-mass to his inner thigh won’t negate the four hundred rolls of skin hanging over his twig-and-berries.
Here’s a tip: Give the man some basic lifts (squats, bench, rows) and stick him on the god-damn treadmill until he can see his feet.
#5 Disrespect for others that aren’t being personally trained
This was alluded to in the article on the gym’s biggest douchebags but needs some more fuel thrown at its fire. Ok, so you have Mrs Client with you who is paying ex-amount to be trained and inspired. That doesn’t mean that everyone else in the gym isn’t paying their membership to be there.
Yes it annoys me that you’re hogging all of the dumbbells on the planet, but not only that, you refuse to let me ‘work in’ as clearly your client is more important than the rest of us.
#4 Forgetting to self-promote
So you have a client now who’s paying you the big bucks, but what happens when they stop using you and figure out your fancy leg-rotation exercises did little more than chafe their cankles?
That’s right, you needed to be coming across as a guy who knows his sh*t, and is always selling himself as a good trainer. After all, the person you just dissed for trying to work-in with you was AFTER a personal trainer.
You may not have made the shortlist.
#3 Not looking the part
If you look like you’ve never set foot in a gym and have more muffin top than a bakery, you just won’t come across as a trainer that knows their sh*t. This might sound harsh, but you just won’t. It’d be like speaking at an Alcoholics Anonymous conference whilst swigging a bottle of tequila.
Work on your own physique before you work on someone elses.
#2 Not helping out those in need
When you’re not on the clock getting paid for your skill-set, would it hurt you to help out those in the gym who genuinely need it? The guy with 10 plates a side on the leg-press who is about to crush himself or the lady struggling under a barbell. These people could use your help. Who knows, your kindness might be repaid one day when they find their progress wavering, and come looking for the PT who helped them out that time.
Humility goes a long way.
When your client is struggling under a barbell, it pays to look in the mirror to check on their form. That doesn’t mean you should be subliminally flexing your own biceps and checking out your ‘tone’ in that 3-sizes-too-small gym shirt.
Keep the focus on the person that’s paying you which could ultimately prevent a trip to the hospital.
Editor’s note: Personal trainers are great for motivating the masses, but unfortunately some of the bad ones give the good a bad name. Are there any traits I’ve missed? Comment below.