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As a Trainer, there is genuinely nothing worse than having to watch from afar while clients and gym members potentially risk their safety, integrity and the well-being of others. Truthfully, it’s not just watching that is a struggle; hearing certain things they have done or listening to certain questions they ask, really can send us Trainers off the deep end. Now, before you start grouping all of us Trainers into the same category of “stuck up, cocky, muscle head, know-it-alls”, hear me out on some things.
Personal Trainers are in this Profession because they have a passion for helping people. It’s in their DNA to be of assistance to those who need a change in their life physically and mentally. So whenever we Trainers witness or hear something that is going to hinder the success of gym goers and lifestyle changers, we cringe because we want to make it right! Below I have listed some points that rank pretty high on the list for Trainers when it comes to things they wish you would stop doing. Are you guilty of any of these?
Being creative with your workouts.
Don’t get me wrong, I am all about some creativity! But as a Trainer, watching someone bring their creativity to the weight floor… I’m not all about that. Trainers are hired to design workouts that cater to your specific needs and limitations. You may think you are doing yourself a favor by getting on YouTube and searching for “sexy booty” workouts, but I will be the first to let you know that you are not doing yourself a lick of good. Did that person show you their credentials at the beginning of the video to let you know they are certified to help you achieve that “sexy booty”? If they didn’t and you decide to take their moves into your own hands at the gym, how can you guarantee that you aren’t going to harm yourself or someone around you? Believe me, I have seen some wild things. I think my favorite was when I saw someone kicking the wall and their friend walked up asking what they were doing. The person’s response? – “I saw a video a guy put up and he said if you kick something that’s really hard but stable, the impact of your foot to that thing will make your muscles get really tight. So if you do it a bunch of times it will make your legs stronger.” Not only will your legs not get stronger – joint damage, broken bones and good old fashioned pain is all that is going to ever come from that move. Do yourself and your friends a favor and stick to asking us Training professionals for exercise options if you are bored with your workouts or need some guidance.
Thinking you can “negate” your food/drinks
If you have ever been on Pinterest or if you read certain health and fitness magazines, you have probably seen little visuals that say something like, “if you eat this, you would need to do that”. Something along the lines of, if you eat 2 chocolate chip cookies, you would have to do 50 burpees for it to be like you never ate those cookies. Sorry my friends, it doesn’t work that way. You can’t go drink 3-4 pitchers of margaritas with your friends and think that it will all be okay, because you are going to “run them off” at some point this week. There is no such thing as instant negation or forgiveness in the relationship of eating unhealthy and working out.
Phone usage/relaxing on the gym equipment
Y’all, let’s get something straight. I am well aware that in today’s society, we use our phones for almost every single thing in our daily lives. I get that some people use their phone to keep track of their workouts while they are at the gym and others use it for listening to music. That’s all perfectly fine. What is not fine in our gym world is using your phone in ways that prohibit other gym goers from having access to the equipment. As a Trainer, I do my best to not only make sure I don’t hog equipment when I train my clients, but I make it a point in my own workouts not to do my leisure activities on these shared pieces as well. If you are someone who likes to take “selfies” in the mirrors in front of the weight racks or you routinely find yourself texting novel-like messages to your significant other while you are sitting on a piece of equipment, do everyone around you a favor and STOP IT! Yes, you should ABSOLUTELY be proud of yourself for getting to the gym for a workout. Instead of taking picture after picture causing other gym goers to wait for your photoshoot to end, you can “check-in” on social media before you walk in the door and take a picture in your new workout gear in the bathroom or once you get home from your workout. We WANT you to boast about yourself and your success, but we don’t want you getting in the way of other’s success. Save the texting, personal calls, pictures and games for another time and place. Focus on your workout and self-improvement during your time at the gym! Wouldn’t you want someone to show you the same courtesy?
Weighing yourself constantly
In the past, I have had clients come to me so mad that I could almost see smoke coming out of their ears. Why? Because they weren’t seeing the number change on the scale. What these people didn’t seem to understand (no matter how many times they were told) is that losing weight DOES NOT happen overnight. Just because you came into the gym and worked out with your trainer or even on your own, it doesn’t mean that the next morning you are going to see the scale drop to your goal weight. What makes it even more frustrating, is when these same people get on the scale every single day. This can set you up to believe that you aren’t achieving the right amount of success in a particular amount of time. More often than not, it causes people to just give up altogether. Instead of potentially leading yourself to failure, I suggest weighing yourself one time a week on the same day and around the same time. You will be a lot less on edge about the whole process and the scale won’t consume your life.
If I had to guess, you more than likely have committed one of these gym crimes, right? That’s alright! You have just learned a few valuable lessons that you can share with your friends, so that you and everyone else can be a successful when it comes to things like weight loss, gym etiquette and proper exercises!