Wednesday, May 11, 2011

When To Break Up With Your Personal Trainer

Breaking up is hard to do.

But there comes a time in some relationships when you know you need to go your separate ways. 

Your relationship with your personal trainer is just that, a relationship and for many reasons, there may come a time when the relationship stops working for you and you need to move on.

This is tough for many of us to do because we tend to feel a loyalty and even a friendship with our personal trainers (PT).

Be strong.

Remember, this is professional, not personal (OK, it could be a little personal), but it is about you reaching your fitness goals and if this person is no longer meeting your needs, it is time to part ways.

Here are 10 reasons you'll know when it is time to say goodbye to your trainer.

10.  Your PT is not listening.
You have told her over and over that you are not ready for a certain level of intensity, but she pushes you anyway.  Or perhaps you have suggested a few exercises that you would like to try and she have never even tried to incorporate them into your program.

9. Your are not compatible.
It may have seemed like a match made in heaven at first, but as time goes by, you realize that you and your trainer just don't get along.  Perhaps your personalities clash or you just don't share the same vision for your workouts.  It is time to find someone you can get along with.

8. She is unprofessional.
If your PT shows up late for a session, isn't dressed appropriately or never returns your calls, this is a sign that it is time to give them the heave ho.  Maybe they just aren't giving you the one-on-one attention that you need (and paid for) and you find them constantly distracted.

7. You are not seeing results.
If you have been seeing her for a few months and are not seeing any results, this is not a good thing.  Even if your trainer is making changes to your program to try and help you, it may just be that you need a PT who is better suited to your needs and goals.

6. It is all about her.
You have learned more about her in the last few weeks than you have from your best friend!  It is great to talk with your trainer on a personal level, but they should be primarily interested in you.  The session shouldn't revolve around what is happening in their lives or what they did the night before.

5. She doesn't walk the walk.
Your personal trainer should be living an active lifestyle.  Period.  I am certainly not suggesting that all trainers need to look like bodybuilders, as health comes in all shapes and sizes, but they need to practice what they preach.  They are role models and need to act like it.

4. Your workout isn't customized.
You have been looking around the gym and chatting with some people in the locker room and realize that your program is a carbon copy of everyone slse's.  This just doesn't work.  You are an individual and need a program that is tailored to your goals.

3. Your PT is a product pusher.
It is perfectly fine for your trainer to recommend certain supplements and products. You may have even asked for her input.  However, it is not alright for her to insist that you need these products and tries to sell them to you at every session.  Most of us don't respond well to pushy.  It is also a good idea to check with your pharmacist or naturopath before you take any supplements, as they are the experts.

2. She doesn't write anything down.
Record keeping is so important to help you track your progress.  You want to be able to know how many inches you have lost, the changes in your weights and reps, and the different exercises you have done.  This is the sign of an unorganized trainer (or maybe a lazy one.)

1. You have outgrown her.
There may just come a time when you need a different perspective on your workouts, something more challenging or maybe you are ready to go out on your own.  A good trainer will understand when this time comes and still offer to be available and give you support when needed.

Have you ever had to fire your trainer (or any other health professional)?

Stay Healthy,

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