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First, of all CONGRATULATIONS! If you are reading this article you have made the decision to get healthy, a trainer is a great way to get you started on the right path. Hiring a trainer can make up an hefty expense, but a priceless one to get you the body of your dreams. In this article, I will guide you find the best trainer for your needs and be aware of red flags. First, I am going to discuss what you should expect from a trainer , what a trainer shouldn’t do and then I am going to tell you how to find the right, and qualified trainer.
I used to be a shitty trainer. My first job was at a 24 hour fitness, I was fresh out of college in 2006. I walked into that gym thinking I knew it all. Just like Jon snow on game of thrones…I knew nothing. My degree was in exercise science, I had all the knowledge in the world but didn’t know how to be a trainer. I wouldn’t hire me back then.
I left that gym soon after because it was a joke for getting paid. I kept learning and networking with other trainers, learning from them. 10 years of learning and I still do not know everything there is to know, this is a pretty scientific field. As a trainer, and any profession for that matter, you have to keep learning.
An old client reached out to me who lives across the country, she inspired me to write this article. She started with a new trainer and started noticing some red flags. First of all listen to your instinct, the fact she reached out to me probably means something is up. He was giving her more reps than other people in her class and compared one of her cheat meals to smoking crack!?! Yeah, this is a big red flag.
Let’s discuss what a Personal trainers job is for you.
- Having and maintaining a working knowledge of human anatomy and the concepts of functional exercise, basic nutrition and fundamental principles of exercise science
- An ability to design and execute individual and small group exercise fitness programs, tailored to the needs and attainable goals of the individual, apparently healthy client, in a safe and effective way
- Understand the need and importance of screening and client assessment; proficiency in conducting these evaluations initially and progressively
- Help clients reach their health and fitness goals through appropriate cardiovascular, flexibility and resistance exercise
- An ability to motivate others in an encouraging and uplifting way towards improving their overall fitness and health
- A dedication to maintaining personal integrity, client confidentiality and professional standards for best practice
- A dedication to self-improvement, self-awareness, continuous learning, personal growth and development with regard to personal health, fitness and mental capacity
What should a trainer NOT do:
- Trainers DO NOT give medical advice, physical therapy advice or attempt to make a medical diagnosis.
- Trainers DO NOT provide body massage to clients, or any similar service that can be construed as inappropriate touch.
- Trainers DO NOT serve as a psychological counselor to clients or become intimately involved in personal client relationships.
- Trainers DO NOT have a romantic or inter-personal relationship with a client.
- Trainers DO NOT Push their own preferences for fitness goals on clients who do not seek out those same goals.
- Trainers DO NOT Allow your credentials, liability insurance and other trainer business standards/practices to lapse.
Now that you know what you should expect from a personal trainer. How do you find a good one?
When I am working out at the gym, I am constantly looking at the trainers and grading them in my head. You would be SHOCKED how many terrible trainers there are out there. And I feel bad because people are actually paying them for their terrible knowledge and service.
Most of the time when I look at a trainer, I can see what they are doing and understand why. Sometimes, I can tell that they are just bullshitting their client. It pisses me off to see bad trainers, I do not like seeing people getting taken advantage of so here I am from an expert trainer on how to find a GREAT trainer for you.
Let’s look at this scenario, you just joined a gym and the membership counselor is trying to get you signed up for training sessions. When you sign up for a massive training package, they have no idea who to pair you with. They are simply there to sell you a big package. They could care less who your trainer is they just want the commission.
- DO NOT let a salesman or membership counselor assign your trainer. This is your personal journey, and an important one. Don’t let someone who just cares about their bottom line.
- Take the time to workout at the gym for a few weeks and observe the trainers – These are all behaviors you should watch out for in a personal trainer
- Do they pay attention to their clients?
- Are they on their phone a lot?
- Do they weight and measure when they come in?
- Do they talk to other trainers and bullshit around while they are training their clients?
- Watch how they treat their clients, with respect or yell at them the whole time.
- Do they flirt a lot with clients or other trainers?
- Ask your friends for a recommendation – Word of mouth is the best way for a trainer to build their business. If they do a great job, people will find out about it. Your friends will give you a great recommendation so ask around.
- Interview your potential trainer – Most of the time you can get a free session or a consultation to see if you will be a good fit. Here are some questions you should be asking your future trainer
- What education, certifications, or qualifications doyou have?
- How do you seek continued education?
- What kind of clients have you worked with in the past, with what results?
- Do you have experience and confidence to address my special needs and health conditions?
- Do you have liability insurance?
- Do you offer a free consultation that includes a fitness assessment?
- What are your rates, session lengths, and cancellation policies?
- What are my options for payment?
- What’s your schedule? Is it adaptable?
- Ask for evidence – A good trainer will be able to provide some before and after photos of clients weight loss
- Don’t hire an overweight trainer. I am not talking about a little extra body fat but a lot of extra, very noticeable body fat. Not all trainers have six packs I am one of them. I am fit but not lean. Seeing a trainer that is really overweight is just not right. How can someone motivate, or teach you the right way to lose weight if they can not do it them selves. You may feel more comfortable around someone who is heavier but I would not recommend it. The only exception is if they have a thyroid disorder that would cause them to gain weight, ask them first.
- Where to find a trainer? These days reviews are EVERYWHERE a simple google search will help you get an insight to any business
- Club gym
- Private training studio
- Office building
- Clients home
- Sports arena
I have taught you what a personal trainers job should and shouldn’t be for you , and explained how to find a good one. Just make sure the person you find has the utmost knowledge to help you on this very personal and awesome journey. You want to make sure you are kept accountable for your weight loss and stay on track for long term results. I love getting new clients, It really pumps me up and gets me excited for the changes they are about to make. I hope you find someone as excited as I am for you already!
UPDATE: I have created my own meal prep cookbook look for it in my shop!
- Thai Turkey Burgers with Sweet Potato
- Fries Philly Cheesesteak Bowls
- Grilled Chicken over Avocado Pesto Zoodles
- Boneless Ribs with Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
- and more…
Guys! I am so excited to bring you this post. I have pinned healthy meal prep meals for a few years now.( Be sure to follow me on pinterest here). As far as weight loss meal prep, there are a lot of pins and recipes that shouldn’t be deemed healthy at all. Looking closer at those recipes, the recipes have too much sugar or excess fat. Be careful of the recipes you choose. In fact, if I asked my weight loss community group to do a healthy recipe share, 9 out of 10 would not actually be healthy or good for weight loss.
My goal for every post I do is to give you guys the best information out there even if it isn’t from my own brain. coming up with new recipes is definitely something I do not have time for. I would rather write posts like How to lose weight for your body type, how to tighten loose skin or Lose weight by walking. I also love to cook but have used all of my creativity to come up with weight loss articles for you guys.
I feel confident in saying that any recipe on this list will benefit your weight loss. Post in the comments what recipes are your favorite!
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Sheet Pan kung pao chicken - This one is my absolute favorite!
I couldn't get a picture to upload for this one but check it out!
Recently, I have been getting into Ted Talks. I usually listen to them while I am doing my cardio. There are some fascinating people out there with amazing advice on everything in life. Losing weight is hard and we need all the motivation we can find, am I right?? I found that these videos can be inspirational for weight loss .
Why some people find exercise harder than others – Emily Balcetis
Why do some people struggle more than others to keep off the pounds? Social psychologist Emily Balcetis shows research that addresses one of the many factors: our vision. In an informative talk, she shows how when it comes to fitness, some people quite literally see the world differently — and offers a surprisingly simple solution to overcome these differences.
Puzzle of motivation- Dan Fink
Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.
The Habits of Happiness- Matthieu Ricard
What is happiness, and how can we all get some? Biochemist turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard says we can train our minds in habits of well-being, to generate a true sense of serenity and fulfillment. Matthieu is one of my favorite people to listen to, I highly recommend his book, Happiness: A guide to developing life’s most important skill
A Simple way to break a habit: Judson Brewer
Can we break bad habits by being more curious about them? Psychiatrist Judson Brewer studies the relationship between mindfulness and addiction — from smoking to overeating to all those other things we do even though we know they’re bad for us. Learn more about the mechanism of habit development and discover a simple but profound tactic that might help you beat your next urge to smoke, snack or check a text while driving.
The art of stillness- Pico Lyer
The place that travel writer Pico Iyer would most like to go? Nowhere. In a counterintuitive and lyrical meditation, Iyer takes a look at the incredible insight that comes with taking time for stillness. In our world of constant movement and distraction, he teases out strategies we all can use to take back a few minutes out of every day, or a few days out of every season. Take control of your mind, Take control of your diet
Why we make Bad decisions- Dan Gilbert
Dan Gilbert presents research and data from his exploration of happiness — sharing some surprising tests and experiments that you can also try on yourself. Take control of making bad decisions to be able to take control of the food you are around.
Grit: The power of passion and perseverance – Angela Lee Duckworth
Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.
Success is a continuous journey – Richard St. John
In his typically candid style, Richard St. John reminds us that success is not a one-way street, but a constant journey. He uses the story of his business’ rise and fall to illustrate a valuable lesson — when we stop trying, we fail.
The art of Choosing – Sheena Iyengar
Sheena Iyengar studies how we make choices — and how we feel about the choices we make. At TEDGlobal, she talks about both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi) and profound ones, and shares her groundbreaking research that has uncovered some surprising attitudes about our decisions.
Embrace the near win – Sarah Lewis
At her first museum job, art historian Sarah Lewis noticed something important about an artist she was studying: Not every artwork was a total masterpiece. She asks us to consider the role of the almost-failure, the near win, in our own lives. In our pursuit of success and mastery, is it actually our near wins that push us forward?
It is no secret that social media has taken its place in our lives. I remember exactly when the trend started. I was in college and the first social media network was called www.thefacebook.com. Oh yeah, it had a different name. Then came MySpace and the rest is history. With the vast amount of knowledge there is on social media, it comes with no surprise that Facebook can help you lose weight
Approximately, 2 billion internet users are on social media,with Facebook being the first to hit 1 billion users. Where as newcomer Pinterest (My favorite tool), was the fastest independently launched site to reach 10 million users monthly.
Social network usage by you is highly diverse: platforms such as Facebook or Google+ are highly focused on exchanges between friends and family and are constantly pushing interaction through features like photo or status sharing and social games. Other social networks like Tumblr or Twitter are all about rapid communication and are aptly termed microblogs.
Due to a constant presence in the lives of their users, social networks have a decidedly strong social impact.
In 2006 it was estimated that $188 billion in medical costs were related due to lack of physical activity. The CDC Center for Disease control) have identified a lack of encouragement, support or companionship from family and friends as a major barrier to physical activity.
Online social networks are now actively leveraging companion support in novel ways to over come this barrier. For example, Social platforms facilitate challenges between friends , like step counts and sharing workouts as a way to stay accountable. Users have now embraces physical activity social platforms like Fitocracy, Spark People and run keeper, which currently have estimated 1 million, 15 million and 23 million respectively.
With this trend of lack of physical activity and increase of social network users, it is easy to find encouragement and support. We search platforms for news, information and now have the ability to use it for health and weight loss reasons.
A study compiled research looking at the connection between social networks and finding accountability and support partners. The looked at social network platforms and performed a simple search on each of them. Using keywords like “health” “fitness “workout” or “physical” They took it even a step farther and coupled it with terms like “activity partners” or “activity buddies” . Of the 360 initial search results, they identified 13 websites that met the complete search criteria, Facebook being the largest of the search.
Facebook can be an intimate setting if you want it to be, think about it, There is private messenger and private groups related to health and weight loss, all’s it takes is a simple search to find the right one. As annoying and negative Facebook can feel at times, It can also help you find the direct support and encouragement you need to thrive in your weight loss journey.
With that being said there are also a lot of phonies out there. When you search for a group related to weight loss, you need to make sure it is being backed by an expert with high knowledge and skill to give you accurate information. I have seen A LOT of bad information out on social media. Be very careful who you put your trust in.
I created my own private weight loss group on Facebook in order to encourage, provide accurate weight loss information and create a safe environment for mostly women to discuss weight loss. I have created an environment of support, and accurate weight loss information, not just from me but experts all over the world.
See the pictures below for some of the daily posts I talk about and encourage others to get involved.
While there are no studies that can conclude you can lose a certain amount of weight on Facebook, You certainly can get the right information and encouragement out there to help you on your journey. In my private weight loss group, people are always posting how much weight they have lost even if it is just a few lbs, solely just by being in the group. There may be no study on weight loss on Facebook, but I see it first hand everyday that people do lose weight on Facebook. I urge you to find a group that is right for you even if it isn’t my own. To join click below:
Online Social Networks That Connect Users to Physical Activity Partners: A Review and Descriptive Analysis.” Journal of Medical Internet Research, JMIR Publications Inc., Toronto, Canada, www.jmir.org/2014/6/e153/.