Personal trainers suck, get a personal trainer. But get one that actually gives a shit. I honestly can't think of a job where being lazy is more ironic than than this one, yet so many trainers are. Health and fitness is an overwhelming and confusing field, and you need someone with knowledge to instruct you to decrypt the contradictions , but please don't settle for the guy/girl that could care less.
The year was 2016 and I was working at a corporate (big box) gym. Which gym? It doesn't matter because I see this all the time at fitness centers (mainly corporate gyms). Now my job at the time was a sales consultant, I was supposed to sell memberships to guests that wanted to inquire about the gym and what we offered. At the end of the sales process, assuming the prospect signed up, we were to schedule them for a training assessment with one of the personal trainers at the gym. Now here is where the story takes a turn. I didn't want to schedule them for said training assessment. Why? Because day after day I followed these trainers and their clients with my eyes as they made their way through the various pieces of equipment the gym offered, and I was not impressed. I knew the training prices by heart and they were not cheap (over $100/hr). Now at this point, I'm no expert on personal training (and am still not today) but logically, something didn't add up. These clients were paying over $100 an hour to follow, yes follow and not even walk next to, a trainer who had their coffee in one hand, cell phone in the other, looking disinterested and simply pointing at machines for the client to do. It was at that moment that my disgust motivated me to quit my sales job, get a personal training certification and just do better.
To all of the personal trainers out there. You need to understand that your clients are putting themselves in a very vulnerable state, trusting you with their body, their health, and even their self esteem. Who the fuck are you to take that for granted? Personal training is not cheap, and each session is maximum an hour. You're telling me you can't give a client your full attention, respect, and instruction for that time? If you can't get out of this profession and go work a 9-5 in an office. Let the trainers who give a shit train your clients.
To all of the clients out there, hold your damn trainer accountable! It's as much your responsibility as theirs to know when you aren't getting a good value for your money. A personal trainers responsibility is to teach, motivate and encourage, and be attentive to your needs not only during the session, but outside of the session as well (if they are the real deal). If you're lucky, you'll even find a trainer that includes some nutrition knowledge as part of their program. And remember, EVERY GOOD TRAINER SHOULD BE IN SHAPE BUT NOT EVERY IN SHAPE TRAINER IS GOOD. It's time clients start holding their trainers at a higher standard because let's be honest, you're paying for it.