In recent months, I have heard numerous stories of people who have had bad experiences with personal trainers (PTs). From programs which aren’t tailored to suit the client’s likes & dislikes, getting the “hard sell” to buy nutrients, supplements and training sessions through to people suffering from injuries caused by inappropriate training methods, dissatisfaction with PTs seems high. Interestingly, (qualified) coaches don’t seem to suffer from the same (bad) reputation. I wonder why that is, especially given that the duration of some coaching courses is far shorter than some of the PT courses out there.
I will be the first to admit – a lot of personal trainers, quite simply, suck.
I have seen PTs put their clients through training sessions which would make my hair curl (if it wasn’t already curly!). Dangerous programs which clearly do not take into account the client’s posture, strengths & weaknesses seem to be common, as are programs which don’t take into account a client’s lifestyle or personality.
Making clients train in the same way that the PT likes to train – aka the “one size fits all” or the “I love training this way so you will too” approach – also appear to be common. Any of these sound familiar to you?
Now my intention is not to turn this into a PT bashing exercise (as fun as it might be for some).
Instead I would like this to be a learning experience for myself & other personal trainers reading this. It is only with the honest & open feedback of clients (and potential clients) that the standard and reputation of the industry can be improved.
Although I am (somewhat) biased, I cannot help but think that the health & fitness industry is becoming even more important as obesity levels, and the rate of preventable diseases like heart disease & diabetes, increase. Any improvement in the standard of the fitness industry and the services we provide can only benefit the community in the long term.
So it is over to you. I would appreciate it if you could please share -
- what experiences (good and bad) you have had with personal trainers?
- what was it about the good experiences that made them good or memorable for you?
- in relation to the bad experiences you have had, what could the PT have done to improve or change the situation?
I look forward to learning from you. Thanks for dropping by