Archive for January, 2010

What Are You Looking For in A Trainer?

January 28, 2010

In recent years it seems that there are more and more people looking toward Personal Training to make a living from. Some have become very good trainers and some, not so much.

Don’t get me wrong though. Although I have observed some non-professional behavior from new trainers I have also seen this from veteran trainers who are living off of their past achievements.

So in an effort to sort some things out, when you are shopping for a Personal Trainer I would like you to ask yourself this:

Does this person –

  • Have a degree or some kind of formal training in a health field
  • What is their experience with training?
  • Is this person easy to strike up a rapport with? This is important since your trainer can have a great effect on your goal achievements. It is much easier to take guidance from someone that you can make a connection with.
  • Is your trainer tentative to your needs? I have observed too many trainers in conversation with others while their clients are waiting for instructions. And waiting, and waiting, and waiting.
  • Is your trainer with you during your workout so that they can assist you with your form and answer any questions that come up “in the moment”?
  • While in discussion with your trainer is the conversation about them or you?
  • When you ask your trainer questions about certain movements are they able to tell you why you are doing what you are doing, and what effect each move has specifically on your body and fitness level?

What about you? Do you have any nightmare stories to tell about trainers that you have observed or even worked with? What are you looking for in a trainer?

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January 14, 2010

I have always been surprised that I have had more female clients than male. Such is the case with most of the Personal Trainers that I know.

Even when I worked in the commercial gyms. I found women far more receptive to getting help than men.

Whenever I approached a male member of the gym about training they would very quickly brush me off, and claim. “I know what I’m doing!” And then give me some story about how they used to do this or they used to do that.

Surrender = Strength

The women and men I worked with showed increased improvement. The men that did not want the help, for the most part stayed at the same level.

We could go on and on about male vs female ego. But suffice it to say that those that do not surrender themselves to experts in the fields in which they are learners have a difficult task at hand.

There isn’t a pro athlete, male or female who does not use a trainer. Most trainers I know workout with a partner. We all know the power behind having someone else push us past our own limits.

Trainers, what is your experience with this? Is it gender related?

Non-trainers, do you have a hard time asking for help? If you are using a trainer, do you see the difference in your results compared to when you didn’t use a trainer?

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It’s Easy……Really!!

January 8, 2010

My partner and I were invited to go on a mountain bike ride with another trainer and her clients. A separate friend who was going on the same trip told me that we should have a great time. That it was an easy course and not to worry since she is slow we wouldn’t be alone in the back.

One thing you should know is that the trainer organizing the ride trains primarily those preparing for triathlons.

It was a beautiful morning and the pack left the parking lot. Not long after leaving the start we slowly made our way to the back. In fact it wasn’t long after that, that we actually lost sight of them.

We didn’t know the course they were following but we knew the area pretty well. So instead of packing it in we headed for trails that we knew. We ended up having a really good time.

This incident sparked a very interesting discussion about why people exercise. I could get very detailed here but suffice it to say that there are 3 different reasons to exercise.

One is for sport, another for fitness, and yet another for enjoyment.

None of these can be seen as better than the others but they certainly are at different levels of difficulty and intensity.

My friend who said she was slow and that the course was easy trains primarily for sport.

My partner trains for fitness and enjoyment.

How do you view others? Do you expect them to be as competent as you, at what you do?

Trainers, where do you set the bar for your clients? Do you compare them to yourself? Or do you set the task relative to their fitness level?

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January 3, 2010


Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all facts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issue from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.

Whatever you can do,

Or dream you can, begin it.

Boldness has genius,

power and magic in it.


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