If you’ve never exercised making the decision to get in shape can be very overwhelming, you don’t want to look like you don’t know what you’re doing, and you definitely don’t want to injure yourself because well, that’s just stupid!
So, what can you do to avoid embarrassment and make sure you avoid injuries?
Get the help of a Personal Trainer!
But, here’s the thing, just like all professionals, there are good and bad. How can you spot a bad trainer and save yourself the hassle?
Well, before we get to that, you’ll need to know that a good personal trainer will always teach you, help you, and encourage you to reach all of your goals.
Here is a list of things that only a bad personal trainer will say:
If the personal trainer says this, or something very similar, you really need to keep looking around. There is no such thing as losing fat or weight in one specific area; if you’re going to lose weight, you’re going to lose it from everywhere, zoning in on one area is just impossible!
If it was really that easy, we would all have killer looking abs. Crunches are an exercise most trainers avoid because arching your back will eventually give you a hunchback, and it is not a look most people go for. A flat, tight stomach is about working all of your core and eating all the right foods. Don’t be fooled into thinking it is as easy as just doing a thousand crunches.
Okay, let’s get one thing straight, anything you can get done in a gym, you can do at home. But, it might be cheaper to register in a gym rather than buy certain equipment you’d like to use.
Not to point out the obvious, but all personal trainers study the human body, so how can there only be one person on the planet that can help you achieve your goals?
Okay, let’s get something clear most PT’s understand just how important their client’s time is, so they will always try their hardest to be on time. And secondly, would you accept a doctor walking into his medical room with a sandwich?
Probably not, so you shouldn’t accept that sort of behavior from your personal trainer.
A personal trainer will never, and we mean never, diagnose you with something or another. They may recommend you visit a doctor to get something checked out because they’re concerned for your health, but they will never tell you that you definitely have a condition.
Okay, unless your PT is a certified nutritionist, they will never tell you what to eat or take. If you ask them what they do, they will tell you, but they will always refer you to a nutritionist. Why? Because everyone’s body is different, they can tell you what exercises to do, but they cannot tell you what you should be eating.
Your trainer should never try to sell you anything, EVER! Well, unless you guys managed to kick it off as a killer friendship, but that happens, they’re probably not training you anymore because it crosses all sorts of lines.
Again, if you guys are friends this is acceptable, as we said, you’re probably not training together anymore if that has happened. A PT should, never, give you advice on what to do in your personal life, at all!
Always try out a test session with a PT before you make your final decision, that hour is more than enough for you to be able to make up your mind. Trust us; we’ve been there, done that, and learned from it!
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