I'm curious about this. I have noticed many overweight personal trainers at my local gyms, and I'm just wondering how much business they obtain. Would you expect your personal trainer to be an example for you, or are you only concerned with his/her knowledge and ability to help you with your goals?
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Thanks for answering, Souther29. What if the overweight trainer didn't live the healthy lifestyle himself but proves that he is capable of bringing results with past clients?
In this case it would be more about showing past case studies to prospective clients and getting people to believe that these are 100% accurate and true (as I'm sure they would be). Before and After shots. Suggest 4 session trial to convince people.
Great advice, Souther29! Personally, I wouldn't go to an out-of-shape trainer as I feel I wouldn't get the motivation I need. If he's not motivated, how can he motivate others? I keep trying to stress this to one of my friends who is a trainer.
I'd have to agree with you, Efficient Admin. That's a horrible experience and I'm sorry you had to go through it. I hope you didn't give up water aerobics just because of that one coach though. Thanks for replying.
Hello MaximumFatLoss: thanks, and yes fortunately there are better instructors around here and I have found a really good one and still do water aerobics!
Thanks for answering, ketage. Personal trainers do need to know theory, but they also need to know how to motivate and train their clients. Initial motivation must come from his/her example though.
LOL, rulalenska. I love your thought about job loss with overweight trainers. Too funny! I'm glad you found a good trainer to help rebuild your back and body.
That reminds me of a hair salon I went to years ago, Kathryn. I sat in the chair looking at all the hairdressers and wondered. Then I ran the heck out of there before anyone could get their hands on me. LOL.
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Thanks for answering, pgupta. I agree as well. I have a friend who use to be a bodybuilder but has let himself go, but he says his ability to coach is the proof in the pudding. But, I would not be inclined to go to someone who isn't motivated himself
I agree, duffsmom.
Thank you for your answer, Kristy. I understand where you're coming from.