So, I hear this or a variation of this ALL TIME… After trying an exercise my personal trainer had me do, I got hurt. They kept telling me to keep going. I had trouble doing an exercise. I was hurried by an exercise. I don’t really understand why people who get hurt from personal trainers don’t immediately stop and sue them for training. If the lawsuits began to be filed, carelessness would eventually stop.
Some personal fitness trainers are trying to call everyone to an athlete and train them as if they were truly competitive athletes. The average adult seeking general fitness or weight loss is NOT a competitive athlete and as a competitive athlete should not be trained. Among other exercises, the average person who has not competed in a high-level sport in recent months or years SHOULD NOT do advanced exercises such as box jumps, burpees, or sled exercises on day one. Specific progressions and levels of fitness must be mastered before advanced exercises are introduced. It’s like telling a person who’s never driven to compete in a NASCAR race.
How many personal trainers hurt people is incredible because they feed their egos or have very little experience and knowledge. Did you know that, without any real-world preparation, knowledge, or exercise experience, many personal trainers just pay for and take an online examination? And then they’re called fitness trainers themselves. It’s SAD and it’s paid for by the general public.
You know why I’m so proud of being a NSCA-CSCS now? We know how to train athletes and we know when to stop while helping an adult get fitter. We understand the SCIENCE behind the exercise and we know that progress is being exercised. A college degree is required to take the CSCS exam and to study all the material you are given (and need) six months. It is a serious certification and must be maintained once it has been certified with continuing education.
Do NOT trust anyone to train you, please. Do your research, receive referrals, and check the credentials of the trainer. Many people come to me after personal trainers have seriously damaged them. It’s your body, your money, and your time to go to the wrong trainer. Choose WISELY, please!