3 Signs You Hired the Wrong Personal Trainer

And how to tell the good from the bad.

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#1: They don’t perform an assessment

A good personal trainer will assess your individual needs, goals, and limitations — and then construct a plan for you based off of this information. A bad one will just start giving you exercises to do, often without having the first clue as to whether or not you’re even physically capable of doing them.

  • Your training experience.
  • Your goals
  • What’s stopping you from reaching those goals now.

2. They aren’t writing a program for you

Personal training is personal, which means whoever is training you should design a program specifically for you — based off of all the criteria established during the initial assessment.

  • Where you’re going (your desired outcome).
  • How you’re going to get there (the program).

“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” — Lewis Carroll

Bottom line: if your trainer can’t tell you why you’re doing what you’re doing, find a new trainer.

You’re doing barbell exercises on your first day

Barbell exercises allow you to load a movement pattern with the heaviest weight possible. If performed properly, they’re an invaluable, foundational tool for building strength and size. If performed improperly, they’re one of the easiest ways to get injured in the gym.

  • Goblet squat to box
  • Goblet squat — no box
  • Barbell squat — empty barbell only
  • Barbell squat — with weight

CPPS, NESTA Fitness Nutrition Coach. I write about improving yourself by developing good habits. Website: www.harrisfitsystems.com - IG: zackharris01

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