A Personal Trainer CAN'T be your workout partner or your workout buddy. I know you see Personal Trainers on TV and workout videos working out during an entire 1 hour session and again on multiple workouts. But they don’t record 8 workouts in one day which is how many 1 hour workout sessions a Personal Trainer could have in one day. A Personal Trainer can workout with you during a session but you shouldn't expect them to workout beside you during every minute of every session. In fact, if you do, you might want to consider another trainer because if you're trainer can workout with you for an entire hour it could mean that they don’t have any other clients or it could mean that your trainer is designing workouts for themselves which means your workout isn’t personalized for you like it should be.
Your Personal Trainer CAN’T read your mind.If you have questions or concerns you should bring them up with your trainer to give your trainer the opportunity to help. If you are thinking about getting a new trainer or just giving up on training all together you really should give them the opportunity to explain themself or give them the opportunity to change. Every client is very unique and Personal Trainers can’t read your mind to know what you expect from them. Do you want them to have more or less conversation? More or less strength training. More or less cardio? More or less Nutrition Coaching? More or less Life Coaching? I tell my clients that they are my bosses. Even though I own my own business they provide my salary and I want them to treat me like an employee not their boss. There are tons of different coaching styles and approaches, so you gotta help your trainer with the style you want.
A Personal Trainer CAN’T touch you without your permission.A trainer may need to “spot you”with an exercise to make sure you don’t hurt yourself. This may require them to touch your wrists during a chest press to help move the weight as you move it to prevent bad form and injury. But if they touch you without your permission you have the right to tell them you don’t want them to again or require them to explain where and how they may touch you for support. If you prefer to avoid touch or any spotting they should be able and willing to do different or modified exercises that are less likely to cause injury. But you should know that those exercises that are easier with less risk of injury could be less challenging and may not give you the results you want so you should also ask your trainer how the modified exercises will affect your results.
A Personal Trainer CAN’T give you personal advice on personal matters unless you ask them for it. Even if you ask them for personal advice you have to respect their decision to decline advising you on your Personal situation because there could be a lot of risk in telling you something you don’t want to hear and risk losing you as a client
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