9 Signs You Should Fire Your Personal Trainer
This article is based on reporting that features expert sources including Kaliq Chang, MD; Rodrick Covington; Dana Dorfman, PhD; Erin Mahoney, MA; Steven McDaniels, MS
Breaking up is hard – but sometimes necessary.
People sometimes put off firing their personal trainer because they’ve forged a relationship and developed a level of trust with that individual, says Erin Mahoney, vice president of education with the International Sports Sciences Association, a global personal training firm based in Phoenix that educates and accredits personal trainers. “You should be evaluating your trainer” on an ongoing basis, she says. Here are nine signs it’s time to fire your personal trainer:
1. You’re not making progress.
If you’ve been working with your trainer consistently for three to six months while consuming the proper nutrition, and you don’t feel stronger and see progress in attaining your fitness goals, it’s time for a change, says Rodrick Covington, founder and chief executive officer of Core Rhythm Fitness, a fitness and nutrition outfit in New York City. “At that point, it’s time to have a conversation with your trainer about your goals, and if they are not in alignment, it’s time to fire your trainer,” Covington says.
2. Your trainer’s not regularly assessing your progress.
An in-depth assessment of a client is one of the most important things a trainer can do – and it shouldn’t be limited to how much you weigh or how many pounds you lift, Mahoney says. Instead, your trainer should be getting a number of measurements, including weight, body composition, circumference measurements, cardio-respiratory efficiency, strength, posture and movement quality, for example. Your trainer should do these assessments at least every 30 days. “When you have a solid understanding of what your starting level is, you can more easily track progress or lack thereof,” Mahoney says. Your trainer should reassess these fitness metrics on a monthly basis, so you’ll know whether you’re on track for meeting your goals.
3. Your trainer isn’t critically analyzing why you aren’t attaining your goals.
Not everyone can hit his or her training goals every week. “However, if you have clear goals for yourself that you and your trainer developed together, it’s important to look at what went wrong when there is a miss,” Mahoney says. If your trainer is accepting that you’re not meeting your fitness goals, he or she may be complacent about your program, which is not what you need. “It’s critical for your trainer to make a change to their approach if you aren’t consistently achieving what you first came to them for.” For example, let’s say you’re trying to lose 20 pounds, and you and your trainer estimate you can lose 2 pounds per week. After three weeks, if you’ve only lost 2 pounds and your trainer is fine with this progress, it might be time to get a different trainer.