If you’re looking to take your workout prowess to new levels, signing up for a PT can be a great idea. Who better to turn to than that hot male PT who’s got the muscle to prove he knows what he’s talking about.
These gym pros are brimming with workout wisdom. From new exercises to verging-on-sadistic plans, they know what they’re doing when it comes to transforming your physique.
Or so they should.
The fact is, so many dudes are personal trainers these days, it’s getting harder and harder to tell the good ones from the bad. And the fact is girl, some of those male PT’s are out there to hit on some super fit ladies.
To help you tell the pros from the bros, we’ve identified seven signs of a bad personal trainer, so you know when to keep on searching for that game changing PT.
Signs of a bad personal trainer
Hitting on you
We’ll put this one right at number one, because you should not be paying this dude by the hour to hit on you. You should feel comfortable and focused throughout, and if your PT is getting his googly eyes on, it’s the sign of a bad PT.
We know that attraction is naturally there sometimes, but this should be a strictly professional relationship. Because, let’s face it, you’re literally paying his bills girl. Find a PT who puts you and your progression first.
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Turns up late, covered in sweat
As they’re a PT, we know they need to work out regularly to stay in good shape. But that doesn’t mean they should be turning up to your session fresh from the weights room with sweat dripping down their face.
A good PT should turn up on time, be hygienic and prepared to get started. If your trainer turns up late on the regular, you gotta think about whether they’re right for you. It says a lot about how seriously they’re taking their career as a personal trainer and, at the end of the day, you’re paying them for a limited amount of their time, so you need to make the most of your money.
He’s all about weight loss
We’re well aware that plenty of women go to the gym to lose weight and a dude who thinks that’s all you’re there for should not be your PT. He should be focused first and foremost on getting you healthy and any unwanted fat will come away with that.
This dude should know his sh*t and give you a healthy nutrition plan that promotes eating enough to support an active lifestyle. The workout program should also involve weight training. Any well-educated personal trainer knows about all the benefits of putting on muscle, and will encourage you to do so. In fact, by just smashing cardio and core workouts, he’s actually limiting your ability to burn fat and build a healthy, powerful body.
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Undeveloped workout plan
If you have three leg days in a row, is that going to be good for you, or is that going to over-train your legs? This dude should be thinking about this kind of thing all the time.
You might have asked him to help you achieve a bigger booty, but their plan should aim to give you that, without neglecting the rest of your body. A good trainer should be thinking about balance, exploring different movements and exercises to get the results you want and turn your body into a well-oiled, fitness machine.
Intensity over form
We all go to a personal trainer for that bitter sweet muscle pain the next day. But a sign of a bad personal trainer is focusing on that kind of intensity, rather than helping you achieve perfect form. If your guy doesn’t give you the chance to learn, you’ll be on a fast-track to injury and it’s a huge no from us. You’re not just there to get tired girl, you want to see a fitness transformation too.
If you’re new to a movement, make sure your PT is taking you through it in detail. Don’t pick up a weight until your ready and don’t feel pressured to move on if you’re not totally confident you can do the movement. Your personal trainer should care about this just as much as you. If they tell you to add an extra 10kg and perform 15 reps when you don’t think it feels right, this could be the sign of a bad personal trainer.
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Oh. Hell. No.
No one has any right to body shame you, especially not your trainer. He might be trying to get you to come back for more, or he might just be an ass-hole. Either way you do not need that negativity in your life.
A PT should be empowering and encourage you to achieve your goals. On top of that, they should be educating you too. If a dude is trying to make you feel like your body isn’t good enough or that you’ve got the wrong type then say bye, cos he needs to go. End of conversation.
As you progress, your fitness needs change too. If your PT isn’t matching his training plan to your physical development, he probably isn’t totally invested in your fitness vision. If you’re putting the work in a smashing new PB’s all the time, he should be working hard on a plan that moves with you.
You don’t want to feel like he’s just cashing in on your fitness journey. If he’s not reviewing your fitness levels and progress on the regular, you might need to look for someone who puts the work in.
Don’t get us wrong girls, there are some truly amazing male PT’s out there, doing their best by their female clients. But if you see any of these seven signs of a bad personal trainer from your fitness guru, it’s time to start looking for someone new.
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