Its seems like in the digital age, almost anybody can throw on a pair of trainers, put together a Facebook page, and start going around telling everyone they’re a personal trainer.
Think about it, when was the last time you actually bothered to ask to see qualifications from your trainer? In fact, when was the last time you asked your stylist, make-up artist, music teacher, or anyone?
It’s become almost expected or taken for granted that when someone advertises their services, they’re skilled and have qualifications for the service that they are offering.
Unfortunately, this has bread a whole world of unscrupulous fraudsters, this that have spotted this as an opportunity and are taking advantage of our complacency each and every day.
Ask Tons of Questions
First on our list is the easiest (and most interesting) way to sort the wheat from the chafe, ask questions!
Ask what exercises are called, ask what gets best results, ask deep questions around training, and really dig into details.
You’ll be able to quite quickly see the level of knowledge your trainer possesses, and it’ll also be just as obvious to spot when you really have them stumped.
A great personal trainer will appreciate your lust for knowledge and will excitedly tell you everything he/she knows without hesitation and more. But, those that are faking it you’ll see they’ll likely be more reticent to answer and not as forthcoming with their responses.
Listen and Fact Check
Don’t just take what you’re told for granted. We live in a wonderful world where you can quickly find the answer to any question in just a few seconds.
Of course you should listen to what your trainer tells you, but occasionally take what they say, go away and do little more research for yourself.
This will do two great things for you;
1, you’ll be able to quickly spot baloney answers that you’re being given
2, you’ll actually find you learn more about that topic as you carry out your own research.
At the end of the day, aren’t you trying to learn about this all for your own personal knowledge anyway?
No Record Keeping
When you’re training, your PT should be keeping track of where you started, where you’re going and where you are now.
This means that weekly they should be keeping you updated on progress and amending your training accordingly. If they’re not keeping track, then maybe it’s because they don’t know how to do so correctly.
Not only should they keep records of your overall progress, they should also be keeping records with you on a session by session basis.
They should be pushing you to record weights, reps, sets and exercises for you to continuously push to beat every time you work out. Does your trainer keep track of what you’re doing?
The Routines Get Stale
You’ve no doubt heard the saying “keep the body guessing”, and whilst there is an element of truth to that, you don’t need to necessarily change your routines every single session.
You do however, need to ensure you mix them up enough to make sure you don’t get bored, and that you do continue to hit new muscles regularly.
It’s not just about your personal progression either. You’ll want the routines to change often enough to stop you getting bored to the point where you end up quitting.
Your trainer should be aware of the routines getting stale long before you do. If they’re not switching it up, the reason could be because they have nothing left in their limited training arsenal.
Your Trainer is Only Interested “on the clock”
Despite what anyone may tell you, Personal Training is far from a 9-5 role. It’s also not a job that really has a set start time and finish.
Your trainer should be there to support you during sessions of course, but they should also be interested and keen to help you should you ever need them outside of your allotted hours together too.
Have a think about how accessible your trainer is as that can give you a clue to whether they’re a phony or not. Those that are genuine will be interested in supporting you outside of your sessions.
Of course we don’t mean them working for free, but we do mean them being open and willing to answer questions if you bump into them around the gym, or give them a call when you’re not training.
We know it can all be a little confusing, and although we do offer our own PT training at our dedicated Rawtenstall based studio, we’re always happy to assist clients and non-clients in a non-biased way and help them find a training solution that suits them. Get in touch with us to see how we can help.