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Do You Know When To Fire Your Personal Trainer?

December 24th, 2009 · 5 Comments ·


In one of my earlier articles – Why Do You Need A Personal Trainer, I talked about the top 7 reasons you should consider hiring a personal trainer. No doubt, an experienced and good trainer not only will help you figure out a good workout program, but he will also ensure you exercise with good forms. However, not every personal trainer give you what you want. You may come to a point which you have to make a tough decision to fire your personal trainer and get a replacement.

Here are the Top 8 Reasons You Should Fire Your Personal Trainer

1) Your Trainer Often Cancels Appointment Or Is Always Late
If your personal trainer frequently cancels appointments or he always late and worse, without making up the time loss, you may want to talk to him. I understand that emergencies do happen, but he has the record of canceling appointment 3 out of 10 times, something is not right.

2) Your Trainer Does Not Give You Full Attention
As a start, your trainer should get your history – weight, height, body fat, heart beat, health history and others as record. A good trainer should also ask you about your eating habits. A good trainer will not only track the standard sets and repetitions, but he will also record your exercise order and even your feedback on each workout. If you do not like an exercise, he will come up with an alternative that gives you the same goal. Without records, he will have to remember many things and I doubt he will be able to give you any optimal results.

Also, if your trainer likes taking call, replying short messages, talking to other people while you are working out, you may need to tell him.

These trainers do not give you full attention and you may want to get a new trainer.


3) Your Trainer Gives You Only One Workout Program Even After 6 Months
Personal trainer normally sets out a workout program to help you achieving your fitness goals. Based on your physical changes or feedback, the program should be modified accordingly after 2 to 3 months time. If you keep working out the same training routine without any good reason from him, tell him. If you are asked to do the same stuff again and over again without good result, why do you need to hire a trainer in the first place? Repetition with result is fine, but repetition without result is not.

Worse, you notice that all of the trainer’s clients are doing the same routines, be them fat or thin. Remember that your exercise program should be customized to fit your goals and fitness levels. What is right for others may not be OK for you.

So, if the trainer does not modify a program for you, find a new trainer.

4) Your Trainer Pushes You Beyond Limit Too Often
On another extreme end, if your trainer pushes you too hard to always go past your physical limit, it can be dangerous. If you are still asked to work on the same muscle group for consecutive few days and you have sore muscle, or still exhausted, you should ask your trainer to modify the routine. If he insists that you should do that, get a new trainer who will respect your limit yet still challenge you with a safe method.

5) Your Trainer Insists You To Buy Supplements
Some of the fitness clubs are sponsored by supplements and it is common for personal trainers to be paid commissions for every supplement sold. I am not saying that you should not take supplement, but if you find the supplements are questionable or if you are on other medication yet the trainer is still pushing it, let him know about your concern.

Even if you want to buy, you should shop around for comparison and make your own decision. You should not be living under pressure to buy a particular item. Trainer should give unbiased opinion about a supplement and should not be carrying a product. If the hard sales happen again, move on.


6) You Do Not Get Along Well With Your Trainer
Some trainers push their clients in military styles. They call names. If you prefer vocal trainer like this, that is fine. However, if you prefer a more soft spoken trainer, you probably need to fire the commander type of trainer and get another one who better fits your style.

7) Your Trainer Takes Advantage Of You
If your trainer flirts with you, make unnecessary adult jokes or touch on your body parts where he should not have, you have to ask him to keep the workout in a professional manner. If he does it again, fire him and get a replacement.

Another thing, if your trainer often cuts your workout short or you believe he has charged you more than you agreed on, tell him. Do not let him take advantage of you just because you are a beginner. Some trainers demand payment to be made one lump sum upfront, some are quite easy going. Explore the option of paying at the end of the month or per session.


8) You Are Ready To Be On Your Own
At some point, most clients decide to do things on their own. Unless you are a celebrity like Madonna or Mariah Carey who has long term personal trainer, you should be working out yourself eventually. Do not be afraid to inform your trainer when you want to move on. A good trainer will respect your decision and help you with the transition.

However, this reason may be a tricky one. Some people may jump into conclusion too soon after only few sessions and believe that they can be on their own. Personal trainers still have their value. Don’t be on your own too quickly.

Final Words
Some people may demand more. They expect trainers to pick up their call whenever they call, asking how much calories in their food before they eat them. If you are one of them and your trainer does not answer your call, no, you do not fire him because of that. You have to understand that trainer has lots of clients and if everyone calls them asking question like that, he will be busy without his personal time. Personal trainers are human too, they have friends and families.

In short, you pay for personal training. Always discuss issues with your trainer and try to sort them out before things go worse. No one like to shout, “You are fired!” (like Donald Trump in Apprentice), but you should be responsible in what you ask for and what you get. It is your money and your body. Put emotion aside, think for your long term fitness goals, make a rational decision, and go for the best service.



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5 responses so far ↓
  • nadhirah // Dec 24, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    thanks a lot!! i ws thinking about this before your article were post. my trainer is not talking to me and neglecting me for already 5 months now…. but the bad news is.. he still got promoted to AFM!! Sigh…

  • Jennifer Gardener // Dec 25, 2009 at 1:20 AM

    Thanks for this info! I’ve been considering getting a personal trainer, and this list helps me know what I should expect from one. :)

  • alohafitness // Dec 25, 2009 at 2:50 PM

    I’ve been a personal trainer for 10 years and own my own personal training studio. I agree with alot of what you are saying. Alot of things occur at the big corporate gyms like Bally’s, 24 HR, Club One, Gold’s,etc. The one thing I don’t agree with is suggesting to a trainer to pay per session or at the end of the month. I believe that a trainer and client should have a written agreement stating how long their fitness program is and having a set date where the client pays every month. This ensures the trainer that the client is serious, the trainer can plan out there schedule for the next couple of months, and ensures that the client won’t no show or cancel last minute.

    Although I do agree with majority of what your post says.

  • Patrick Kallie // Dec 26, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    I think that a person needs to find the right type of trainer that fits their needs. A passive person doesn’t need a trainer that is passive because they will never be able to live up to their potential. Choosing the right person trainer shouldn’t be rushed.

  • Pityka Mirrica // May 20, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    I have a personal trainer that it’s always late, tried several times to shorten my sessions, almost never answers my texts. Thinks he is a big shot, and the last thing he did was to try to cut me short of 3 sessions. Plus he is mean and moody. But he did motivate me and I loose a lot a weight and I tone too. But I admitted to him that I won’t buy any more, and he turn to a bigger a…, Now I don’t know what to do? I feel award going back to him. He has some big issues, I think he can’t stand my presence, and I don’t like to feel this way, but I paid for those session, and he was trying to rip me off, I am not sure if they would assign another trainer for me. Please advice.

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