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.

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.  


For Those Questioning Their Worth You are worthy.

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With the holidays right around the corner, I want to remind you of how important you are. Too many family members getting together over food and alcohol can sometimes turn ugly. Opinions are vocalized, comments are thrown, and people’s worth questioned. This blog post is to remind you that you are worthy. You are worthy of love. You are worthy of health. You are worthy of everything you wish you accomplish. 


Do You Have Inflammation or Fat?

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If you ask anyone about fat, they’ll tell you what it means to be fat right away. They’ll tell you all about how they’re feeling lethargic and heavy, how they have to watch their calorie intake for fear of having health problems. Some may even talk about their difficulty to perform at the gym or find clothing that fits well. Ask someone about inflammation though, and watch them slowly quiet down in confusion. 


Micromanaging Your Life, Healthy or Detrimental?

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We’ve all met at least once the Mr. or Mrs. of the world who just can’t let someone take care of something in their life. They like micromanaging everything in their lives, even when they’re better off giving the task to someone else. Fix the drain? That’s Okay, I’ll do it myself. Problem with wires in the house? No problem, let me just Google it. Too many projects due? I’ll just stay more hours at the office. Not seeing results at the gym? I’ll just take a fitness class. They’re the people who want to do everything themselves and refuse to admit that they might actually not be able to handle it all. 


Ryan Malinowski 4 Actionable Steps To Growing An Online Business

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Over the past 10-15 years, the popularity and aura around becoming an entrepreneur has sky rocketed. We’ve seen more innovationcreation, and growth than ever before. The technology at our fingertips today allows not only me, but thousands of other entrepreneur as well to run/grow a business 100% remotely. I hopped on the entrepreneur wagon with Prolific Fitness LLC while simultaneously following my passion of playing pro hockey overseas (Europe in my case).


Winter Blues: Fighting The Urge to Give Up

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We’ve all been there. As winter is coming, the motivation start lacking and the urge to just give up on everything we’ve worked so hard for the past months is strong. I get it, it’s not like the weather is motivating; we wake up before the sun and want to fall asleep as the sun goes down, at five in the afternoon. For some of us, we don’t even get to see the wonderful sunlight, as we leave early in the morning to go to work, and clock out after the sun goes down. It’s like running in a dark circle.