• What Your Personal Trainer Keeps Secret



      From Men's Fitness Editors

      Every trainer has an angle, something that sets them apart from all the rest. Some sell their "look" and "physique" while others tout their education and certifications. But a great trainer should be more than a sales pitch. We love personal trainers, especially the good ones, but after all, it's a business, and not everyone plays the game clean. Before you spend an arm and a leg on a 12-week transformation program, make sure you're guy/girl isn't pitching something fishy. Here are three secrets some of them don't want you to know:

      1. ABS ARE MADE IN THE KITCHEN

      Every trainer has a different method for hitting the abs hard and giving you a six-pack, but only one method really works: eating good food. Without the diet program, you won't get the results. Make sure the trainer you go with can provide you with a rundown on what to eat and when.

      2. YOU CAN DO IT ON YOUR OWN

      It's always great to have someone get you kick-started. Great trainers provide you with the basic knowledge of exercise movement patterns and building a routine. If you feel comfortable enough and have the motivation, don't be afraid to take on your fitness on your own.

      3. SIMPLE IS BETTER

      Ask any fitness model or high-profile celebrity trainer what their favorite exercises are. Ninety-nine percent of the time, they will say any of the Big Three: bench press, squat, and/or deadlift. Those three exercises are the foundation of any good fitness program, and any good trainer should have his or her clients do them regularly (barring any medical issues). There are no secret, special exercises.

      Source: http://www.mensfitness.com/training/...nt-you-to-know
      Comments 7 Comments
      1. jbryand101b's Avatar
        jbryand101b -
        This is true.
        But, though everyone could do it on their own, everyone can't do it on their own.
      1. Facetoface's Avatar
        Facetoface -
        As a trainer I don't keep any of these these things secret, but these are definitely the things people don't want to hear from me or follow at the end of the day. I can give out nutrition advice all day and explain why compound lifts are the best overall core exercises, but it goes in one ear and out the other. A lot of women look at you like your trying to prep them for a strong man competition or something when you put them on a bench press lol. Clients will still wonder why I'm having them do squats or HIIT training instead of an entire hour of crunches when they told me their goal was a tighter midsection. Simple is better is so true too.. some trainers try to get as technical as possible to make the client feel like they couldn't do it on their own; doing things like standing on one leg... on a bosu ball...while curling.. it's like some kind of circus trick lol, may be improving balance but not doing a lot of anything else
      1. fueledpassion's Avatar
        fueledpassion -
        Originally Posted by jbryand101b View Post
        This is true.
        But, though everyone could do it on their own, everyone can't do it on their own.
        or maybe "not everyone will do it on their own."

        People lack reason and purpose in their lives. This, to me, is why excuses flood their motivations. And generally speaking, if an individual doesnt have a purpose that transcends the gym itself, then the only way to get them in there is to take away something dear to them - which is their money.

        Mess with the money, and purposeless people get serious.
      1. jbryand101b's Avatar
        jbryand101b -
        without proper education you are never going to know if you are doing something right. even with schooling, you still wont know unless you have some direction.

        have your friend watch you, sure, but if your friend doesn't have the proper education, they also wont know whats up. so someone is going to have to pay some money somewhere.

        you can train for years an get big, strong an look good. still doesn't mean you are doing it correctly. if you don't care about things like that, then ya, anyone can workout out.

        I have quite a few clients who don't need a trainer. some have one for the reason you stated. they have already had enough instruction. others just like having a friend or someone to talk to.

        after 3 months with a good trainer who knows what he's doing, a trainer is no longer "needed". wanted for w/e other reason is another story.
      1. jbryand101b's Avatar
        jbryand101b -
        Originally Posted by Facetoface View Post
        some trainers try to get as technical as possible to make the client feel like they couldn't do it on their own; doing things like standing on one leg... on a bosu ball...while curling.. it's like some kind of circus trick lol, may be improving balance but not doing a lot of anything else
        that's not technical, you gotta have them standing on the physio ball, on one leg before it gets technical. :lmao:

        but seriously, I know what you mean.
      1. threeFs's Avatar
        threeFs -
        What about the secret that many certifying tests are only written and not actually hands on the weights...
      1. jbryand101b's Avatar
        jbryand101b -
        I don't know of any that include practical examinations.
        Doesn't matter, you're still going to have to be shown how to use proper technique and how to spot incorrect form.

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