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Carolyn Phillips Gives You 5 Ways To Spot A Bad Trainer

Fit-inista Carolyn Phillips– our on air personal trainer– is back with more tips to get you in shape and what you need to do to stay that way!

Fitness is important to everyone, and there’s a LOT of trainers out there.  Many of these trainers and athletic coaches are great, skilled and talented people, but there’s always a few bad apples in any mix.  This week, Carolyn gives us five ways to spot a BAD trainer.

Here’s her list of the types of trainers to AVOID:

1. The Cookie-Cutter:

This trainer does a routine based on nothing.  For a good training regiment, you need to start out with assessments– lifestyle, posture, there’s all kinds of fitness assessments.  If a trainer isn’t doing those, all you’re going to get is a cookie-cutter workout.

2. The Poser:

This is a trainer that looks good themselves, but doesn’t have ANY success stories to share.  When you’re looking for a trainer, you should ask them for before and after pictures, testimonials, and even have them introduce you to some of the people they’ve worked with in the past.  This will give you a good idea of what you’re getting into.

3. The Old Schooler:

You don’t want a trainer who doesn’t keep up with the latest health trends.  If they’re taking you from machine to machine for isolated workouts, that’s a pretty bad sign– you want a trainer who is also a life long learner.  Don’t be shy to ask questions during your interview with a personal trainer, ask them what courses they have been taking, and how they have been keeping up to date on fitness.

4. The Bad Investment Plan:

Goals are everything in a good fitness plan, and they’re equally important for a good trainer.  The Bad Investment Plan trainer doesn’t have any goals, short or long term, and no overall picture of what they are going to do for you.  If a trainer doesn’t do anything past a session at a time, doesn’t keep records, outcomes or behavioral goals, and doesn’t check in on your goals, they’re not the one you should be working with.

5. The Tunnel Vision Trainer:

Here’s the trainer that doesn’t integrate training AND nutrition– all they do is train.  A good trainer should continue to educate themselves about everything– studies show that if you exercise 5-6 hours a week, you’ll see very little change on a body composition level. You have to implement nutrition to the mix as well, to see true results.

So that’s what NOT to look for in a trainer… if you look for a trainer that does NOT fall into these categories– someone who’s goal oriented, organized and always learning and improving themselves– you’ve probably found a winner.

For more from Carolyn Phillips, check out FitBehavior.com, or for all things stretching, life, love and happiness, go to Carolyn’s blog at CarolynsMenuofLife.com

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