13 Things About Personal Training And Personal Trainers That Simply Aren't True

I've been a personal trainer for over 20 years; it is simply the best job I've ever had. I'm surrounded by fitness all day, and I help others achieve their goals. In saying that, within those 20 years I've heard just about everything in reference to personal training (good and bad). Some things have been true, while most have been outlandish (As I write this I'm laughing out loud at some that have come to mind). Here are a few myths about personal training and personal trainers that I'd like to share:

 

1.  Personal trainers are only personal trainers because they love to workout.

     I would love to believe this. I mean I am a personal trainer, and I do enjoy working out, but             that's not the real reason. Sometimes I don't feel like working out. I enjoy helping others hit their       fitness goals. I get a sense of accomplishment when someone has followed the program that I've       created and they were able achieve multiple goals.

 

2.  Personal trainers will work you until you vomit.

     Too many people believe this. As a personal trainer, this is not our intention. We create                     programs that are suitable for YOUR needs. In saying that, there are some people who are               extremely out of shape that this (getting sick) is a by-product during their first few sessions.             It does get easier as you continue.

 

3.  Personal trainers know nothing about nutrition.

     I would never say that every personal trainer is versed in nutrition and in implementing a                 nutrition program for their clients, but most are. We know that this whole health and fitness             thing is 85% diet. Our clients would not be able to achieve their goals without a good meal               plan. Whether it be created by a trainer or by a registered dietitian. I do create all meal plans           for our clients. 

    

 

4.  Trainers only eat chicken breast, vegetables, and protein shakes

     Do we eat these things? Yes, and we should. I mean, why tell our clients to eat it if we're not           practicing what we're preaching to them. We are human though. We eat burgers,                             pizza, fries, have an adult beverage, etc. We just make sure that the good out weighs the                 bad. We make sure that those "bad" items are used more as treats or rewards rather then                 our normal eating habits.

 

5.  All-Trainers have six packs

     OK, I do have a six pack, but not all trainers do. Most trainers, I believe should look the part             though. 

 

6. The workout is the most important part

    Not true. As I stated earlier, diet is 85% of this whole health and fitness thing.

 

 

 

7. Working with a trainer will give you immediate results

    LOL...you still have to do the work. If you choose not too then you will see absolutely nothing. If        you choose to then you should see slow improvements.

 

8. Trainers make you push through extreme pain

    There is a difference between pain and discomfort. Pain or "acute" pain as I call it is a no-no. A          good trainer will readjust the clients workout, so they are still working, but not affecting or                causing any injuries.

 

9. Anyone can be a personal trainer

    Sure, anyone can go online, get a "fitness" certification and call themselves a trainer. Not know          anything at all and end up hurting someone. Not everyone can be a trainer, just like not everyone      can be a doctor, lawyer, mechanic, electrician, or an artist. (Side Note: I would never hire a        trainer who got their certification from an online website).

 

10. Personal training is only for those who don't know what they're doing

      I've trained my fair share of professional athletes, bodybuilding/fitness competitors, and those          who've been working out for as long as I've been alive. All of these people I've named know              how to workout, heck they could teach someone how to train. The reason they hire trainers is to        have a professional hold them accountable, and to push them to another level. 

 

11. My trainer will help me look like (insert fitness model name here) him/her in the                 fitness magazine. 

      That is not realistic. We as personal trainers will give you the tools to accomplish your goals. Our        job is to make you healthier, more fit, and to feel great about yourselves. I like my clients to              think S.M.A.R.T. (SMART MEASURABLE ATTAINABLE RELEVANT TIMELY ) when setting goals.

 

12. Personal training is expensive. Only the rich and famous have trainers

      Simply not true. I've trained people from every walks of life. The only difference is these people        who hire trainers choose to invest in their lives.

 

13. Personal trainers are not highly educated

      LOL...this one makes me laugh. I have an associates degree, 2 bachelor degrees, and a personal        training certification from an an accredited and reputable company. Enough said.

 

These are just a few myths that I wanted to address. Are there more? Absolutely, but at least this will help others have a better understanding about our world! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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