How to Spot a Bad Trainer: Good Personal Trainer Qualifications How to choose a good personal trainer

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Maybe it’s just me, but I can really see the fitness industry booming in the last two years. More people want to be fit, healthy, and happy. More people join gyms, and sadly, more people buy into the whole Fit Tea Detoxes or Detox Wraps *shameless eye roll*. Being a personal trainer, many people come to me for advice on so and so diet or training regimen. Very often, their misconceptions on training or diet aren’t based off of something they read, but sadly, by something a previous (or current) personal trainer advised them to do. Now, I’ll be very polite throughout this entire post, but I might shake some feathers with some people. Oh, well. 

DISCLAIMER: before you go off on your trainer because of something I’ve written here. Do your research. Your coach may do some things specific to your body type or metabolism. Discuss it with him/her and analyze their reaction. Are they defensive? Can they provide scientific reason as to why they’re making you do something (in the gym or in the kitchen)? If not, then you can start searching for a more competent personal trainer. 

1. Your Personal Trainer Laughs at You or Shames You

Even though I am a personal trainer & sports nutritionist, I also have my own coach (Hi, Paul!). I know the importance of having someone else assess your progress. We tend to be very hard on ourselves, a good personal trainer will help you see progress and stay motivated when you’re being most critical. A bad personal trainer will laugh at you for giving in to binging or will shame you for taking an extra rest day, because you were sick. A bad trainer will make you feel bad about listening to your body, and they will make encounters very uncomfortable for you. If you’re scared to tell your coach that you cheated on your diet, because you know you’ll be shamed, there’s a serious problem. 

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What a Good Trainer Will Do: 

A good personal trainer will help guide you through the hardships without making you feel bad about set backs. They will motivate you when you’re feeling down, without making you feel bad about not being able to keep up. A good trainer or coach will make you feel comfortable enough to share your thoughts and feelings freely, without fear of being judged. 

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2. Your Personal Trainer Takes Forever to Answer E-Mails

I get that there are a lot of busy coaches, online and offline. That’s not a reason to take more than a week to answer e-mails. If a coach has a lot of clients, they need to organize their time so they can take care of each and every client regularly, especially those who struggle with their weight, anxiety, or eating. If your coach takes more than a week to respond to check ins or general e-mails, confront them about it. Why is it taking them so much time? When they answer your e-mails, are they thorough in their answers or is it the basic answer that makes you questions whether they even read your e-mail? 

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What a Good Trainer Will Do: 

A good personal trainer will answer e-mails regularly (1-2 days after you send it, tops). If they’re really busy, they should send you a quick e-mail, letting you know that they’re off on vacation or that they’ve had something come up that requires a lot of their attention, so they can’t answer right away. I don’t believe for a second that someone can’t take an hour of their day to answer e-mails. Keep in mind that you’re paying for your trainer to give you a good service and attention. 

3. A Bad Personal Trainer Will Give You General Plans

I’ve talked about this on Instagram, and it’s something that really gets me. Trainers or coaches should not be giving general nutrition plans or training plans to their clients. Ever. If your personal trainer can’t explain why they’re making you train this or that way, they might not be as good as you think. If they simply send you a pre-made plan, that doesn’t take into consideration the amount of time you’re willing to spend at the gym, or your food preferences, they’re not listening to your needs – confront them about it. 

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What a Good Trainer Will Do

A good trainer will assess your training and nutrition needs prior to giving you any training or nutrition plan. If they’re coaching you online, they’ll ask certain questions or ask for pictures to analyze your body type and needs. If they’re an on-site coach, they’ll take a session to look at your muscular imbalances (quad dominant or lack of strength in hamstrings or muscle imbalance in your right or left arm, etc.) and program your training accordingly. They’ll give you a plan according to your needs and goals, not just a plan they’ve copied and pasted from another client. 

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These are just a few things that you should look at when choosing a personal trainer or deciding whether or not your personal trainer is helping you. Keep in mind that your trainer can do everything right, but if you’re not following his instructions, you will not reach your goals. A good personal trainer will give you everything you need to reach your goals, but you still have work to do on your own. He/she can’t add weight to the bar and he/she can’t put the food in your mouth. That’s on you.

Why Your Flexible Diet is Failing What You're Doing Wrong

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I’m am currently writing this from my bed, surrounded by cough syrup and buried in blankets, so please bare with me as I try to summon my strength to write this. Some sentences may not make sense, blame it on the cough syrup and the lack of food in my body. Speaking of food (smooth transition, I know), let me actually address what the title states: why your flexible diet isn’t working.


Low Carb Diet: What Happens On a Low Carb Diet? My experience on a low-carb diet

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Hi, my name is Sarah, and I am addicted to carbohydrates. I don’t care what form or shape they come in, I love them all equally. Being a carb-lover, imagine my reaction when I had to go on a low carb diet last October. I thought it would be impossible for me to sustain a low carb diet, mostly because I love carbs so much. I didn’t even think about the benefits it will bring to my body, I just thought – no. Regardless of my feelings towards the approach, I trust my coach’s knowledge in his craft and my body, therefore I went forward and did it. I tried the low carb diet. Here’s what happened. 


Staying On Track When Dieting How to stay on track when dieting

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Dieting isn’t easy. You want to lose weight though, which means you have to make some sacrifices in order to reach your goals. Sometimes, this means choosing the vegetables instead of the donuts. Sometimes, it means having the self-control to eat half the donut, because the other half doesn’t fit your calories for the day. Dieting means making temporary sacrifices that will pay off big in the long-term. You se a goal that you want to achieve physically, dieting is going to help you do that. 

But, how do you stay strong in front of temptation?


Recovery Steps to Overcome Binge Eating

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Binge eating is the cause of many athletes’ weight gain after competing or after being in a calorie deficit. Normal individuals can also be victims to binge eating, restricting their calorie intake during the week to finally cave and binge on the weekend. This cycle can mess with one’s metabolism and hormones, turning one’s body into a fat gaining machine. This article will discuss how I overcame my binge eating and what recovery entails.  


Protein Requirements for Fat Loss + Muscle Gain

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You read many things online about protein requirements. Most of the time, you’ll hear people say, “eat more protein, bro!”. The bro is optional, but you get my point. You hear everyone around you claiming that protein is the most important macronutrient, that you need protein to gain muscle mass. They’re definitely right – you do need protein to gain muscle mass. Do you need protein to lose weight? What are the protein requirements for someone looking to bulk? To lose fat and keep lean body mass (LBM)? 


Do These Squats Make My Legs Look Bulky? Squat Myths Debunked

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In this week’s blog post, I want to address a question/complaint I often get: will squats make my legs look big? Usually, it’s followed by the statement: I don’t want to get too bulky or lifting heavy will make me look too big. Ah, if only it was that easy to put on muscle mass. This post isn’t about weightlifting (if you want all the details of lifting weights, you can read Lift Faster: The Science of Weightlifting), it’s about squats. Why should you squat? Will squatting really make your legs look too big? 


What To Do When Feeling Bloated Reduce bloating with these tips

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It’s early in the morning. You wake up. Move around between your sheets, trying to find the motivation to get out of bed. You throw the covers off your legs and sit up on the side of your mattress. You try to open your eyes, but they feel so heavy. Opening them is hard, like they’re stuck together with glue. Your face feels like it’s dragging, as if it got longer and heavier overnight. You stumble out of bed and somehow find yourself in the bathroom. You do your business and then walk up to the sink, to wash your face and wake yourself up. Every leg you move or finger you lift feels heavy, as if you’re carrying ten pounds of extra weight. You step on the scale, the number increased by five pounds from yesterday morning. You start tearing up. You feel bloated and obviously look bloated too, since the scale sees it too. This day is shaping up to be a pain. 


Treadmill Workouts to Burn More Fat Improve your cardio endurance with these treadmill workouts

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If you’re going to a commercial gym, chances are you have plenty of treadmills to choose from. If you don’t have access to a gym but own a treadmill, why are you trying to make excuses? If you don’t have access to a gym and don’t own a running machine, go outside and run your heart out. There’s literally no excuse for you not to do these treadmill workouts


Fit Pregnancy: 7 Things You Need to Know Spoiler Alert: I'm not pregnant. 

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Some clients of mine are expecting a little bambino, and they’re all wondering how they can have a fit pregnancy without damaging the baby’s health. After helping them cope with the idea of pregnancy and fitness working as one, I figured I could help my readers at the same time. If you’re expecting a bambino, this post is for you. I’ll walk you through the different stages of pregnancy: what to expect in terms of hormone changes, appetite changes, and workout changes. At the end of this blog post, I want you to have enough knowledge on fit pregnancies, so you can confidently walk in the gym sporting your new, big belly.