Hiring a trainer is a big step. Entrusting your body and health in a personal trainer can be intimidating and somewhat scary to some people. The first step is deciding if you want/need to hire a personal trainer.
10 Reasons to Hire a PT:
1. You're Not Seeing Results You Want or In The Time You Need
2. You Don't Know How to Organize Your Exercise Programs
3. You're Bored or Have Hit a Plateau
4. You Are No Longer Challenged
5. You Need Accountability and Motivation
6. You Have Specific Illness, Condition, Injury etc.
7. You're Training For A Sport, Event or Competition
8. You Want Professional Supervision and Support
9. You Want to Learn How to Exercise On Your Own
10. You Want Workout Programs Tailored to You and Your Body
10 Reasons You Need to Fire Your PT:
1. Your PT cancels frequently.
A good way to gauge is if your PT cancels 2x or more without 24hrs notice and is not an emergency. Your time is valuable too!
2. Your PT doesn't return phone calls/emails within 24-28hrs.
3. Your PT doesn't listen to/ask for your feedback.
If your PT is giving you the same workouts over & over and you provide feedback that they do not acknowledge, it's time to get a new PT. You have every right to ask questions about the program design.
4. Your PT pushes questionable supplements.
If your PT has their own agenda for selling supplements or they are consistently pushing the supplements it may be time to look for another PT.
5. Your PT diagnoses injuries.
Unless your PT is a medical exercise specialist, only a DR. has the authority to diagnose injuries. Your PT can give speculations or suggestions, but should never diagnose. A PT should always refer clients to a DR.
6. You don't get along.
You don't have to be best friends with your PT, but there should be some compatibility between the personalities. If your PT barks orders and is condescending and you are very sensitive to criticism, be sure to voice your preference of motivation or get a new PT that fits your preference.
7. Your PT acts inappropriately.
If your PT ever acts unprofessionally, fire ASAP. If your PT makes you feel uncomfortable, if they hit on you, if they contact you to make their personal feelings known, fire ASAP.
8. You feel taken advantage of or PT does not give you full attention.
If you feel your PT is not dedicating the amount of time, focus and effort to you, then you need to find a serious more professional PT. If you feel your PT is only there for making a quick buck, fire ASAP.
9. Your PT doesn't show you documentation of certifications and waivers.
Make sure your PT is what they say they are. If they are certified, ask to see the certifications. If they are insured (AND THEY SHOULD BE) ask for proof of insurance.
10. You are fully capable.
Not always a bad thing to fire your PT. If they have done their job, you are now fully able to work out on your own and get results. Leave the relationship in a positive light, because you never know when you will hit another fitness plateau.