Hi SoS readers! My name is Paige and I blog over at Running Around Normal.

As you all know, Heather is an awesome resource for all things nutrition coaching, so when she asked me to do a post on the type of training my job calls for, personal training, I happily obliged.

I’ve been a personal trainer for about a year and a half now, and have trained a wide realm of clients with a wide range of goals. Personal training is hands down the most rewarding job I’ve ever done. I can truly say it makes me incredibly happy to help others lead healthier, happier lives.

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However, there’s quite a few nasty connotations floating around the health and fitness rumor mill about personal trainers.

Some of the stereotypical statements I’ve heard are:

· Only the rich and famous can afford personal trainers

· You only need a personal trainer if you’re new to exercise altogether

· Personal trainers will push you until you vomit

· Personal Trainers are only trainers because they like to work out

…And that’s just to name a few.

Well I’m here today to disprove the rumors that we’ve all heard about personal trainers and show you that not all personal trainers are like the Biggest Loser’s Jillian Michaels. From start to finish, I hold my client’s best interest as the most important aspect of our client-trainer relationship.

Myth # 1: You only need a personal trainer if you’re new to exercise altogether

Myth Buster: Many people are hesitant to reach out to a personal trainer for help because they’ve been exercising for years already. However, working with a trainer is an excellent way to re-vamp your fitness routine. I’ve had many a client come to me because they weren’t reaching their goals, but have been exercising consistently for months! When I ask them about their workouts, it usually involves just one type of exercise. For these clients, I love to incorporate new ways to work out into their current fitness routine. It’s a great way to bust through any plateaus as well.

Myth # 2: Only rich people can afford personal training services

Myth Buster: With shows like Celebrity Fit Club and Biggest Loser, it’s no wonder people think you have to shell out the big bucks to work with a trainer. Although some areas and some trainers are more expensive, you can typically find a trainer who offers more affordable services. Additionally, most trainers offer discounts and deals to renewing clients.

Myth #3: Personal trainers will make you work out until you puke

Myth Buster: While I can only speak for myself and the trainers I associate with, this is simply not the case. This method is not only dangerous, but can increase the drop rate significantly. There’s a difference between being pushed past your comfort zone and being pushed past what you’re capable of, and I make sure never to breach the latter with my clients. A good trainer will develop an eye for knowing when their client can be pushed a little more and knowing when to back off and allow more rest.

Myth #4: Personal Trainers are only trainers because they love to work out

Myth Buster: Although I have met a few personal trainers who “fell” into the job, most I know of have an honest passion for helping people get healthier. Case in point – I actually quit my job to pursue personal training! Bottom line is I show up to each appointment with a goal to inspire my client and help him or her reach their goal, not because it’s just on my schedule. In fact, there have been times I’ve been more excited for my client than he/she’s been for herself!

Myth #5: Personal trainers know nothing about nutrition

Myth Buster: I am well aware that there’s only minimal training on nutrition while pursuing a personal trainer certification, even with the more reputable certs. That said, most reputable trainers will pursue some sort of additional nutritional training. Only three months into my role as a personal trainer, I began taking nutritional training and am now a certified sports nutritionist. I find that the two certifications complement each other immensely, and it’s difficult to give clients advice to lose weight without overstepping your boundaries without that extra certification.

{of course I’m going to recommend you see an RD for nutrition advice, wink, wink ;)}


Have you ever done personal training? What was your experience like?