As a certified women’s coaching specialist and expert personal trainer, I know the importance of finding a trainer who will help you achieve your goals in a safe and effective way. Unfortunately, not all trainers are created equal. In fact, there are some red flags to watch out for when choosing a trainer.
1. A lack of qualifications
First and foremost, a trainer should be qualified and certified. Don’t be afraid to ask about their credentials and experience. If a trainer cannot provide this information, it’s a clear sign to move on. Additionally, a trainer should be able to provide references from other clients they have worked with.
2. Unrealistic results & restrictive diets
Another red flag is a trainer who promises quick or unrealistic results or pushes restrictive diets: Any trainer who advocates for a restrictive diet or encourages extreme calorie cutting should be approached with caution. Such practices can lead to negative physical and mental health outcomes and can be especially damaging to women. While it’s important to set goals, a trainer should be realistic about what can be achieved in a healthy and sustainable way. If a trainer promises to help you lose 20 pounds in a month, it’s time to find someone else.
3. Overly focused on weight loss
While weight loss may be a goal for some women, it should not be the sole focus of a training program. A good trainer should prioritize overall health and wellness, including strength, cardiovascular fitness, and flexibility. A trainer who focuses exclusively on weight loss may be may prioritising getting a good before and after picture for their marketing purposes rather than the health and wellbeing of their clients.
4. Doesn’t listen to your concerns or preferences
A good trainer should listen to your needs and concerns. If a trainer is not willing to adapt to your specific goals and limitations, they may not be the right fit for you. Additionally, a trainer should be able to modify exercises to accommodate any injuries or physical limitations you may have. A good trainer should take these into account and design a program that is tailored to the individual, if a trainer disregards your preferences or pushes you to do exercises that don’t feel right for you, it’s not a good sign.
5. Critical rather than supportive
It’s also important to pay attention to a trainer’s attitude and behavior. A trainer should be supportive and encouraging, not overly critical or judgmental. While it is part of the job of a personal trainer to motivate and challenge their clients, there’s a fine line between being pushy and being overly critical. A good trainer will provide constructive feedback and encouragement, while also respecting their clients’ boundaries and limitations. When a trainer constantly belittles or demotivates you. it can create a negative and unproductive training environment. If a trainer makes you feel uncomfortable or pushes you too hard, it’s time to reconsider.
6. Doesn’t respect your personal space
Obviously, Women should feel safe and respected in their training environment. While physical feedback can be a helpful tool for a trainer to make sure their client is performing exercises correctly, it is important that they always ask your permission before touching you and respect your boundaries throughout the session. It goes without saying that if a trainer makes inappropriate comments or makes you feel uncomfortable, it’s a major red flag and should not be ignored.
Choosing a personal trainer is an important decision that should not be taken lightly. Working with the right personal trainer can be an incredibly empowering experience for women. A good trainer will not only guide you through your workouts, but will also educate and motivate you to make positive changes in your life. They will help you set achievable goals, track your progress, and provide you with the support and accountability you need to stay on track.
The right trainer will also help you develop a positive attitude towards health and fitness so that you can enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle for years to come. Ultimately, working with the right personal trainer can be a life-changing experience, helping you to become the best version of yourself both inside and out. By watching out for these red flags, you can ensure that you find a trainer who will help you reach your goals safely and effectively.
If you’re looking for a qualified and experienced personal trainer, feel free to reach out to me for a consultation – click this link to get a zoom call booked, or reach out to me via the contact form and we can arrange a face-to-face consultation and gym tour.