Things to look for in a Bad Fitness Trainer…..

I am astounded at how bad fitness trainers have become. It seems that if you can group a myriad of exercises together, find a park and take some music along, you can become a health and fitness trainer. Sadly most of my rehab business comes from physiotherapists these days with clients that have been injured by Personal Trainers.

I have put together some telltale signs of what a BAD trainer might look like; it generally goes something like this:

  • They do not screen you before starting  program
  • They fail to ask about any injuries
  • They fail to ask about any medications you are on and don’t understand their impact on exercise
  • They tend to yell a lot
  • Most only have a certificate 4 and no tertiary education in exercise science or nutrition but are always offering nutritional advice (only consult with a Tertiary educated Nutrition or Dietitian)
  • They motivate you by saying “drop and give me another 10” LOL
  • They train on the beach where there is a steep angle that you have to run on
  • All the group does the same thing no matter what age or shape or condition you are in at present
  • They concentrate on one type of exercise  and believe it is not necessary to change from these IE Pilates/yoga/cross fit/plyometrics ect only( a good trainer has a big bag of exercises that suits your particular need or problem area
  • Everyone uses the same weights supplied
  • They do hovers/plank competitions (after 45 seconds these are generally a waste of time)
  • They work muscle groups too many times I.E. 50-100 push-ups/crazy amounts of burpees
  • They believe that if you have DOMS (delayed onset of muscle soreness that this is a good thing) while you may be a little sore after a session you should be able to move and get out of a chairJ
  • They work small muscle groups over and over IE deltoids
  • They only ever do squats!!
  • They make you carry logs and ropes above your head LOL
  • They believe that vomiting during or after a session is a good thing !!
  • If you tell them you are in pain they tell you to work through it
  • If you have neck and or shoulder pain after working out with them
  • They tell you what to eat and tell you that certain food groups should be left out
  • They start selling you supplements/pills and powders that are now prolific in the market place(normally making them rich and you sick)
  • They tell you to avoid gluten (most don’t even know what it is …..some will know where it is found…. but most won’t know what it is)
  • They tell you that you are lactose intolerant
  • You train everyday
  •  They don’t check heart rates/ Blood Pressure and don’t request a doctors certificate after the age of 30 or a general doctors physical before commencing a program of health and fitness
  • They do exercise where you hyperextend (unless you are a gymnast this can be harmful)
  • No dynamic warm up and no stretching anywhere in the program

Try and find yourself a calm well educated trainer who plans a proper program that suits your needs, they should be looking at any injuries you may have, any medications you may be taking and your current health status and age. It should include some weight training, some walking, jogging, and bike riding type of aerobic training with some days for rest. Eat according to the Australian Nutritional Guidelines and don’t eliminate food groups. GOOD LUCK with that!!


Master’s In Education” (Disability/Rehab) Newcastle University Australia

“Grad Cert Education” Newcastle University” Australia

“Diploma Fitness/Recreation”

“Diploma of Sport and Recreation”

“Cert 4 Personal Training”

“Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach”

Member of ASCA (Australian Strength and Conditioning Association)

Accredited First Aid Trainer

Dip Nursing

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