Imagine you’ve just walked into a gym for your first session with a personal trainer.

You come through the door, put your gym bag down and start getting ready to exercise.

But, before you can even start stretching, a perma-tanned, muscle-monster invades your personal space and starts barking ‘go hard or go home’ at you.

Ok, ok, ok, we admit it, this nightmare scenario might be a bit of an exaggeration but, for whatever reason, there’s a tonne of misconceptions surrounding the personal training profession.

Unfortunately, some of these myths dissuade people who are genuinely looking to improve their health and fitness from working with a personal trainer from somewhere like Body Transformation London. In order for you to effectively reach your fitness goals, you need to make important decisions on your own. It is understandable that we all want advice from friends about how to go about improving our health, but if you don’t try anything out yourself, how are you going to know what works for you? To make the first step, it might be in your best interest to do a quick search into something as simple as Nathan Fitness to find an effective way of getting your life on track when it comes to your fitness. You never know if you don’t give it a go.

In this article, we’re going to try and set the record straight by debunking some of the most enduring falsehoods.

Hopefully, after reading this article you’ll be able to make an honest decision about whether using a personal trainer is really the right decision for you, your situation and your personal goals.

Personal training costs a lot of money

With personal training sessions averaging around €60-80 per hour at the lower end of the scale but rising to as much as €200 at the upper end, personal training sessions can get quite pricey.

But there’s a reason for the prices. These fees generally cover expertise, equipment, and/or gym hire and fluctuate based on the location they operate in (naturally costs are higher in major urban areas than small towns).

To determine whether you’re getting bang for your buck, you need to be sure that the trainer is giving you a professional service that is helping you to achieve your goals:

Ask yourself:

  • Am I making progress?
  • Have I seen results?
  • Do I get on with my personal trainer?

Assessing the service you’re receiving from time to time can help you clarify that personal training is worth both the effort and the cost.

Another option is online personal training. Trainers are using apps to connect with clients and without the fixed costs associated with gyms and equipment rental, they can deliver exactly the same fitness advice and expertise but at a lower price.

With prices averaging between €50 for a monthly subscription, the online personal coach is an affordable alternative and one which doesn’t compromise on quality.

So yes, if you’re going to use Madonna’s personal trainer then say goodbye to your life savings. But, in general, most personal trainers will charge a fair fee for the expert service they are providing.

They all have 6-packs

While most fitness professionals are in great shape, not all personal trainers can boast the super-toned physiques of front cover magazine models. Bodies that appear on fitness magazines are the result of a rigorous exercise and nutritional schedule that’s started weeks in advance of the shoot. And that’s not to mention the fact they are often photoshopped in order to achieve the unrealistically perfect physiques that publishers use to sell more issues.

When it comes down to it, fitness professionals are humans too and while kale shakes for breakfast and brown rice and broccoli for dinner is good on some days, they too sometimes have the odd indulgence now and again. A good fitness professional should be in good shape but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should be expecting a demi-god at the other end of the gym mat.

Trainers love to see you in pain

The enduring Hollywood idea that fitness instructors are uber-strict drill sergeants just isn’t true. And while a good personal trainer will put you through your paces and encourage you to push yourself, any fitness professional who makes you workout until you drop to the floor with exhaustion simply isn’t doing their job correctly.

Some clients definitely benefit from the ‘go hard or go home’ attitude but it’s not for everyone. Given that fitness instructors are paid to help clients achieve their goals and not work them until they pass out (and run the risk of serious injury!), a coach who is doing their job correctly will tailor an approach for each client based on their specific goals and level of health and fitness. Make sure you get a good trainer as you want someone who knows what they are doing. If your trainer is neglectful then you might suffer an injury and you don’t want this to happen. If you have suffered a personal injury due to a neglectful trainer, you might want to look into someone similar to these Kelly & Associates Injury Lawyers who may be able to help you with your case.

They have all of the answers

As fitness professionals, you’d be right to be surprised if you asked a personal trainer what a quadricep was and they came up short. It’s totally true that personal trainers should be knowledgeable about health and fitness, exercise routines and how to deal with injuries (at a minimum) but, with so many specialist areas it is impossible for your coach to have all the answers. Just for a second, take the time to consider combining all the possible variations in diet, training techniques, nutrition and you’ll start to come to terms with the mind-boggling amount of permutations and information that a fitness professional has to filter and then apply – it’s certainly not a job for the faint-of-heart.

Yes, a good personal trainer should be knowledgeable, and as an expert, should have a detailed understanding of the areas in which they specialise. But remember, the fact that they know the answer to every question you ask doesn’t mean they aren’t providing you with a quality service.

Their job is to help you lose weight

While losing weight can be a great benefit of improved health, a fitness professional needs to make sure that losing weight isn’t what they are basing results on. For example, crash dieting might be an effective way to shed excess pounds in the short-term, but it’s scientifically proven to be a bad strategy for long-term weight loss and health in general.

Personal trainers need to implement schedules and routines, which first and foremost keep their clients healthy. If someone who is clinically obese hires a personal trainer they shouldn’t expect to shed all of the weight instantly.

Avoid personal trainers who focus only on weight loss and aim for quick results because, more often than not, this can hinder your health in the long-term rather than improve it.

You have to train in-person

‘I’m too busy with work’, ‘But I’ve got to take the kids to school’, ‘I can’t possibly commit to a 6-month schedule!’

Whatever the reason, finding time to train with a personal trainer at a gym in person can be difficult in today’s chaotic always-on culture.

Fortunately, the rise of online personal training now means that people who want to get fit but don’t have the time are no longer restricted to rigid schedules. For people who are busy, fitting personal training around your own work and social life can be tiresome, stressful and sometimes downright impossible.

When hiring an online trainer you need to take the same steps you would take if you were hiring a face-to-face trainer, ensuring that their personality and training style fits with your own preferences. One major benefit is that you won’t have to research the personal trainer’s background and certifications because online coaches from reputable online health and fitness companies will have been thoroughly vetted.

The final rep

The way people sometimes speak about the fitness industry means it’s often difficult to separate fact from fiction. If you’re considering personal training but you’re intimidated by the myths and hearsay that you’ve heard floating around, then stop right there. We’re here to tell you that personal training can be a great way to help you achieve better long-term health and fitness results. The real fable of this story is to let the tall tales stay in fantasy land and to discover for yourself that the health and fitness industry is a lot less daunting than you might’ve been led to believe.

By Fitmo CEO & Founder, Dave Roeloffs

When Dave is not at the office or home with his wife and two young sons, you can find Dave running through the parks and canals of Amsterdam training for his next mud run or triathlon. As a busy Entrepreneur, Fitmo gives Dave the flexibility he needs to prepare for his next big race while growing a budding start-up and raising a young family.

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9 thoughts on “6 Costly Misconceptions About Hiring A Personal Trainer

  1. Jerry Walsh says:

    A nice, helpful summary of what to look for when searching for a personal trainer. For years I tried to ‘DIY’ — do it yourself — but I simply need the discipline of an appointment with my trainer.

    A couple years back, disappointed in my own repeated lack of discipline, I broke down and tried out several trainers. The three factors that you identified above were crucial in my ultimate decision: Yes, I saw steady progress. Yes, I saw results. Equally importantly, yes, I got on (and still get on) with my trainer.

    The first two points seem self-explanatory, but that latter point may be less obvious: To spend so much time working (out) with someone, you simply must get on well with each other, otherwise the ‘relationship’ will never work in the long term. You don’t need to be best buds, but you do need to feel simpatico.

    You also need to trust your trainer. I’m in my mid-50’s, so I found a trainer in his late 40’s who seemed to ‘get it’ — working out in your 50’s is different than in your 20’s or 30’s. I trust my trainer never to hurt me, never to push me too hard. I think his age also means that we simply have more in common and are thus more simpatico on a personal level.

    When searching, I looked for someone ‘stable’ who’s been at the same gym for years, so that I wouldn’t have a continually changing cast of characters. Then, when it recently no longer became possible for me to work out with him at my gym due to both of us having schedule changes, I set up a small workout space in my apartment. We now have regular sessions here at home, which makes scheduling much easier — and I miss even fewer appointments due to being ‘too busy.’

    Best of all: My previously exercise-shy wife saw my workouts at home and now she too has regular sessions at home!

    When I’m on the road for too long, my trainer does sessions online via Skype or FaceTime. As we’ve worked together so long, this works perfectly. I’m not sure how well it would work, though, if we’d never worked together in person. I’m curious to hear from someone who’s tried an ‘e-trainer.’

    I’ve been with my trainer two and a half years now, and I’m stunned at my progress. I can do things now that I couldn’t do 20 years ago. It’s been slow but steady, like a tortoise. Don’t expect instant, hare-like progress. Instead, set long-term, achievable goals.

    The main thing is to bite the bullet and invest in your own present and future health and fitness. We live only once, so it just makes sense to take good care of ourselves.

  2. Fitmoteam says:

    We couldn’t agree more. Simpatico is a key factor in finding a personal trainer that is really right for you. Buckling down with a trainer that you just don’t get along with isn’t going to work. Of course, you have to be willing to put in the work (no one can make you do that) but liking your trainer is half the battle. It’s important also, to not stick with a trainer only because you get along with them. Seeing results and enjoying in the process is key!
    Working with a trainer online definitely has it’s advantages such as flexibility and lower cost. Helping to build a strong relationship is definitely a priority for Fitmo. Coach and clients participate in monthly video calls which help them to get to know one another, and as well communicate daily through messaging. We also include a 1-week free trial so that the user can see if there is that simpatico 😉

  3. Jerry Walsh says:

    I can well imagine that an online trainer has real advantages, especially lower cost and greater flexibility. The latter is especially good for people, like me, who travel a lot.

    I am curious to hear from people who’ve tried the online trainer option (before working with the trainer in person). While my trainer does do online training for me, and it works well, we’d already established our relationship in person. Can someone chime in with their experience of ‘meeting’ their trainer online and how that dynamic has worked? Just very curious…

  4. Luke Smith says:

    Thanks for your tips about asking yourself whether you are making progress and if you have seen results when working with a personal trainer. I can imagine how checking on questions like these would be the best way to ensure that you really were getting your money’s worth. I would also think it would be important to ask your trainer what their plan for you is, and to see if they have an end goal in mind.

  5. No one ever has all the answers, even in other fields — no one in their right mind would claim to know everything! They can be experts but there will always be something to still learn. Awesome of you to take your time and clear everything out on this post.

  6. All info are truly great and informative! Thank you for sharing the best info for hiring personal trainer.

  7. Nisha Batel says:

    Nice blog..! I really loved reading through this article. Thanks for sharing such an amazing post with us and keep blogging.

  8. I love how you said to ask yourself if you’re making progress because that’s a huge reason to get a trainer. Besides helping you stay on track, you really want to be able to see your goals being met. It helps to have realistic goals though.

  9. Jason Noah says:

    Trainers have to squeeze in their own workouts most days. Very nice, article covered almost every detail about the topic thanks for sharing.

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