Post 36: Questions You Are Afraid to Ask Your Personal Trainer.

 Personal trainers and stereotypes? Yeah, believe it or not people have pre-conceptions about my profession. You too may have questions but were afraid to ask.

So let’s play

Ask a personal trainer. 

1. If I ask you these questions will you make me push-ups for the entire hour?

          No. I don’t think I have ever been offended by a question. Even if I was, I have never made anyone do push-ups for an hour. Now drop and give me twenty Ha Ha Ha!

2. I hear most trainers are gigolos. Are you a gigolo?

I am happily married and have two kids. I am the farthest thing from a gigolo.

 3. I hear most trainers are as dumb as a brick. Are you as dumb as a brick?

Well, you can draw you own conclusions on that one. I have a B.A. in History and a B.S. in Business Management from Trinity University. I am one of those corporate drop-outs that decided I would be happier pursuing what I love rather than playing the corporate game.

 4. You look older than twenty. I thought you had to be twenty years old to be a trainer.

    How much did you know about anything at age twenty? I am pretty sure that anyone who can stay up all night, eat anything they want and never gain a pound of fat is not the type of trainer that is going to be sympathetic to the issues of a fifty year old. I really don’t think there are any age limits for trainers. I am 46 now, which is about the average age of my clients.

5. Do you have to bench 300 pounds to be a trainer?

  No, I am afraid you have to actually study and take tests to become a trainer. Actually you don’t and that is the scary part about this. I think there are a lot of trainers out there whose only credentials are that they can bench 300 +.

6. Do you wear spandex and jump around?

I do not wear spandex and I rarely jump around unless we are doing plyometrics.

7. Do you take your shirt off and stare in the mirror when we train?

No, I am really not that vain.

8. Do you shout at clients when you train them like they do on ” Biggest Loser”?

No, I have never shouted at anyone and I am not going to start now.

9. Do you make your clients push cars and stuff like they do on ” Biggest Loser”?

Remember, the ” Biggest Loser” is just a TV show.

10. Have you ever had anyone have a heart attack while training?

No one has ever had a heart attack while working out with me.

Join me next time as maybe I will field another batch of questions.
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The 7 Worst Ways to Find A Personal Trainer

The 7 Worst Ways To Find A Personal Trainer


So you have finally decided to take the plunge and look for a personal trainer.

These can be murky waters, my friend.

Being a personal trainer, I thought it might be a good idea to give you my two cents.

Instead of what to do, I am going to give you advice on what not to do.

This is important since personal training is not cheap and nobody wants to waste money and time and not get results.

1. Find the Personal Trainer with the cheapest rates.

Yikes! If you wanted plastic surgery would you look for the cheapest surgeon? Not to compare myself with a doctor but with any service there ought to be a correlation between experience and cost. The average cost per hour should be $45 to $65 per hour session. I tend to be in the middle only because I give a discount for buying 12 sessions at a time.

Anything lower than that is usually someone just starting out or someone who is desperate to get a client. This brings me to my next point.

2. Don’t ask about certifications.

Yikes part two. The only people that say certifications don’t matter are A) trainers who don’t have any certifications and B) Trainers who attend a cheesy weekend certification class.

The sad thing in Colorado is that you don’t have to be certified to be a trainer. This means anyone can do this. If you don’t see certifications, look out. There are number of associations that offer certifications that one actually has to study for. For my Master Trainer certification through the NFPT, ( National Federation of Professional Trainers)  I had hours of proctored exams.

Does having an armload of certifications mean you are a better trainer? No but it does mean that I am serious about my profession and that I commit time and money every year to learn.

3. Don’t ask about liability insurance.

If you are talking to a trainer and they don’t carry professional liability insurance, run away. End of topic.

4. Age doesn’t matter.

As a rule, most personal training horror stories start ” So this young kid comes out and the next thing you know I am….”
The rule of thumb here is get a trainer close to your age. Remember how indestructible you felt in your teens and twenties? Well the problem is that you probably are past that stage and if your trainer isn’t, you may find yourself pushing cars out in the parking lot. One story I heard involved a young trainer making a 70 year old grandmother doing sprints her first session.
Let’s face it, people at a similar age have more in common and a better feel for what is appropriate. But have it your way. Look at it this way, you may have a horrific experience but you will have great stories to tell.

5. Don’t meet your trainer before you start.

Quality trainers will sit down with you to discuss your goals and they should not charge for it. Period. I offer a free 30 minute consultation to answer 2 questions.

  • Am I a good fit for this potential client?
  • Is this potential client a good fit for me?

Good trainers will walk out of situations where there is a mismatch. Hungry ones won’t.

6. Don’t worry if your trainer is more out of shape than you.

Not a big deal. They must know what to do even if they don’t practice themselves. Yikes #3!

7. Find the biggest, strongest trainer possible.

They must know what they are doing if they got that big!

Well, if you want to be a bodybuilder, by all means find a big bodybuilder to train you. If you want to learn how to run a marathon, find a trainer who runs. Trainers are all different in what kind of style they practice and how they train clients. My style is based on the fact that I train clients in their homes. In home training lends itself more towards core training and bodyweight exercises. This is not ideal for bodybuilding but it is the best for overall fitness and fat loss.

Hopefully this helps. Best of luck to you.

Questions, Thoughts Concerns? I will be happy to get back to You.


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