15 September

The Signs of a Bad Personal Trainer

Image of a warning sign reading This is a Bad Sign on the National Personal Training Institute website

The reality of the fitness industry is that without enforced Personal Training regulation, the consumer is at risk. Considering there are no minimum educational requirements; the number of bad trainers seem to outnumber the educated qualified trainers. Sadly, those who pay the price are the unsuspecting clients who waste their time, spend their money, and put their health at risk with these uneducated Personal Trainers.

Characteristics of an Ineffective Personal Trainer

It is hard for the consumer to always know how to pre-qualify a Personal Trainer prior to the first training session. Here are a few characteristics of a trainer you would not want to engage with for professional services:

#1 Lack of Assessments

They do not offer any assessments. The best Personal Trainers perform thorough and complete assessments when working with a new client.

#2 Absence of Demonstrated Success or Experience

They cannot demonstrate previous success or experience. The best Personal Trainers keep detailed statistics of their clients.

#3 Reliance Solely on Certification

They only have a “Certification” without formal education or hands-on experience. Look for a Personal Trainer who has formal education in exercise science, nutrition, rehab, and program design.

#4 Poor Personal Health

The Trainer isn’t healthy or fit. Just like realtors who’ve never owned a home and a financial planner who is broke; out of shape trainers are everywhere.

#5 Failure to Distinguish Between Outcome and Behavior Goals

Trainers must know the difference between an outcome and a behavior. If the Trainer doesn’t know the difference between the two, they will not be able to give you attainable steps to reach your goal.

#6 Lack of Long-Term Planning

Trainers must have a 3-month plan from the start. The best trainers will have at least at minimum a 3-month fitness plan based on your level, needs, and goals.

#7 Neglect of Progress Tracking

Trainers must track progress and results. Clients are paying for measurable results.

#8 Separation of Training and Nutrition

They do not integrate training and nutrition. Exercise alone doesn’t work.

#9 Lack of Care

They don’t care. Most trainers don’t care about being great at their jobs.

Contact NPTI Florida for Quality Personal Training Certification

The bottom line is choosing your Trainer wisely. Contact NPTI Florida (Orlando/Tampa) for a reference or assistance in selecting your Personal Trainer. Take charge of your fitness journey with certified professionals. Enroll in a personal training certification course with NPTI Florida today!