When you’re investing your hard earned dollars on hiring a Personal Trainer (and that’s on top of your weekly gym fees), you want to make sure you are getting your money’s worth. Here’s how to tell if your PT is worth their weight in gold or whether you should reconsider your investment.
You know it’s time to get a new PT when:
- Your PT couldn’t motivate your to punch your way out of a wet paper bag
Despite all the ‘rah rah rah you can do it’ motivational speeches mid-work out and nutritional advice, and you find yourself falling into the same old pitfalls, perhaps you need a personal trainer who packs more of a punch—someone you’re a little intimidated by. If the cheerleader routine isn’t working for you, it’s time to find a military style trainer. For example; “Get down and give me 20…and no you’re not stopping unless you’re not breathing!”
- Your PT pays more attention to working out alongside you than watching your form
Although a good PT will occasionally workout with you to keep you pushing harder, if they’re more interested in their weight lifting form than noticing you’re not lifting dumbbells in the correct way—doing more damage, than good—it make be time to get rid of the dead weight. Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to sack your PT on the spot. Tactfully point out the errors of their ways, but if things don’t change—don’t waste your time.
- You get put on the treadmill while your PT chats to others at the gym
Unless it’s a quick five minutes for warm up, you can run or walk on a treadmill in your own time. You’re paying for your Personal Trainer’s time and attention, make sure it’s on a workout you could on your own.
- Your PT doesn’t track your progress
Progress charts, previous workouts, fat to weight ratio, measures, if you Personal Trainer is not tracking your progress, you won’t be able to compare how far you’ve come, or tweak workouts based on what’s worked for you and what hasn’t.
- There’s no structure to your workouts
Your Personal Trainer seems to fly by the seat of his or her pants. Exercises are decided on the spot with vague rest intervals. Each workout is as much as a surprise and so are the lack of results.
- Every week is the same old thing
Find yourself getting bored with your workout, your Personal Trainer is not doing their job. Exercise programs should be tweaked to keep you interested and encourage results.