Does your fitness trainer actually know what they’re doing or are they just wasting your time? Let’s find out!
As a general rule, if they show one or more of the following red flags, then it’s probably best for you to start looking for someone else.
Red Flag #1: They Don’t Take Your Strength and Fitness Level Into Account
It may seem like a no-brainer, but there are a lot of so-called fitness trainers who seem to not know that for workouts to actually work, the amount of weight a person lifts should depend on their strength and fitness level.
Obviously, a 100kg male who lifts weights regularly would be able to handle much heavier loads than a 50kg female who only does cardio.
Unfortunately, there are trainers who take this factor completely out of the equation. Instead of helping you figure out how much weight you can safely lift, they pick a seemingly random number.
The result? You end up having to lift a weight that’s either too light or too heavy for you. The former does not help you get bigger and stronger. The latter puts you at risk of getting injured.
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Red Flag #2: They Have One Program for Everyone
If your fitness trainer uses the exact cookie-cutter program for everyone, then it’s time to find a new one. Keep in mind that for you to see the results you want, you need to have a program that’s perfectly aligned with your goals.
Want to build elite strength and power? You’ll need to train like a powerlifter. Looking to run a marathon? You’ll need to focus on endurance training. Want to build an aesthetic physique? You’ll need a more bodybuilding-style program.
Red Flag #3: They Recommend Supplements to Everyone
Contrary to what supplement companies (and fitness trainers who don’t know any better) would have you believe, not everyone needs supplementation to get fit. You need to focus on getting your diet, training, and recovery right first before you even consider doing it.
If you’re sure you’re eating, training, and resting properly and you’re still not seeing the results you want, then that’s the time to look into supplementation. It’s not supposed to be something you do to make up for a poor diet, ineffective training program, and inadequate recovery.
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Getting fitter, stronger, and healthier is so much easier (and safer) when you train under coaches who actually know what they’re doing. So, if your fitness trainer displays one or more of the red flags we’ve shown you today, then it’s time to look for someone else.