Trainer at the gym...what would you do?

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    Mar 01, 2011 8:54 PM GMT
    I have some educational background in physiology and was a personal trainer for a while in college, so I consider myself to be somewhat knowledgeable when it comes to training, form, etc. If only the trainer in me would come out more often and kick my a$$ into gear...but that's a different story. icon_confused.gif

    Anyway, there's a trainer at my gym who I see completely ignoring his clients...this morning his client was doing lunges and his form was entirely wrong. I've seen him with other clients using bad form to the point that it could cause injury. He never corrects them, rarely seems to be engaged with them and, many time, is either playing on his cell phone or checking out the ladies rather than paying attention to his clients.

    I've considered saying something to the manager, but part of me thinks that if the clients aren't complaining it's not my business.

    What would you do?
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    Mar 01, 2011 9:02 PM GMT
    Finding a new gym? Does it mean where you are is not a gym that fits you ?
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    Mar 01, 2011 9:14 PM GMT
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    Bigguy...I don't understand your question...
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    Mar 01, 2011 9:15 PM GMT
    cold saidOn one hand it isn't really any of your business, but on the other hand his clients are probably too inexperienced to realise any different. Personally, I wouldn't say anything. Unfortunately good Samaritans often get the pointy end of the stick - I mean the manager could be close friends with or related to the trainer. Criticising one stranger to another stranger is always a risky bet.



    That's what I was thinking...
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    Mar 01, 2011 9:17 PM GMT
    OR!

    If you're really bothered... get him for one training session, have bad form, then complain that he doesn't pay enough attention!
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    Mar 01, 2011 9:17 PM GMT
    His inattention is putting the clients at risk of injury.
    Let the gym know that he is a liability.
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    Mar 01, 2011 9:19 PM GMT
    This is hard because the client doesn't know any better, yet it's not your responsibility to police the staff. If you ever happen to see the client wrking out alone and using this fuck'd up formation, offer your knowledge and maybe comment on what you saw but didn't want to over step your bounds.
  • Timbales

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    Mar 01, 2011 9:20 PM GMT
    How often have you witnessed the behavior? Is it across the board with everyone or only specific people?
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    Mar 01, 2011 9:26 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidHow often have you witnessed the behavior? Is it across the board with everyone or only specific people?


    It's across the board...tho I've never seen him training a girl, in which case I'll bet he'd be all over her form! lol
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    Mar 02, 2011 3:51 AM GMT
    Just mind your own business. I doubt the guy is gonna be working there for long. I find that most trainers at commercial gyms are just there to kill time and earn a few bucks, till they finish school or catch a break in show bizzz. icon_lol.gif

    Just curious.. which gym and which trainer?
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    Mar 02, 2011 3:59 AM GMT
    I've actually approached a trainer who I saw doing shit wrong and asked him if he knew what he was doing or if he was more interested in texting. He didn't take it well, so I informed the manager that he was going things wrong and he was texting instead of monitoring his client. He no longer works at that gym. People pay for professionalism, not a douchebag wearing a shirt
  • NyRuinz

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    Mar 02, 2011 8:42 AM GMT
    ATX611 saidI've actually approached a trainer who I saw doing shit wrong and asked him if he knew what he was doing or if he was more interested in texting. He didn't take it well, so I informed the manager that he was going things wrong and he was texting instead of monitoring his client. He no longer works at that gym. People pay for professionalism, not a douchebag wearing a shirt


    There are so many Trainers like this @ my gym, they are not real trainers they are just collecting a check. They take advantage of vulnerable insecure people who are just looking to feel good about themselves.
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    Mar 02, 2011 9:00 AM GMT
    I have my NASM, and working on AFPA, etc etc (capitol letter b.s.) license, and that guy sucks. I did all that for the pure joy of wanting to help people change their lives. It's fun for me and I take it VERY seriously. If this guy is not training properly and telling people wrong forms then he is not helping. He will eventually hurt someone and they will lose their motivation and their trust. This isn't about him, its about them. If you are seeing a fucked up thing, then say it. You aren't just helping the club but the person he is training and anyone else who is unlucky enough to train with him. Ask to see his license too.
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    Mar 02, 2011 9:01 AM GMT
    Complain. People pay a lot of money to be trained properly.

    I would complain to the management and leave it with them. They will deal with it cos of fear of getting sued.
  • Trilana

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    Mar 02, 2011 9:13 AM GMT
    This is a relatively complicated situation....But the worst thing is, he is setting up his clients for future injury. The saying "what they don´t know won´t hurt them" is not always true, but they also have the responsibility to engage a trainer with the appropriate qualifications.

    Just a side note: When I look through health and fitness magazines, the models do not always have the best form, and that is not good, considering how many thousands of people will be repeating those exercises "just like it shows in the picture." If I could sue magazine fitness editors, I would have been a millionaire years ago. icon_smile.gif

    Most importantly for you, is that you exercise with good form, correct posture and having fun. Maybe some of his clients will come and talk to you, and then you can give them a few tips.....like finding a better-qualified personal trainer!!!

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    Mar 02, 2011 3:04 PM GMT
    xrichx saidJust mind your own business. I doubt the guy is gonna be working there for long. I find that most trainers at commercial gyms are just there to kill time and earn a few bucks, till they finish school or catch a break in show bizzz. icon_lol.gif

    Just curious.. which gym and which trainer?


    Gold's in Long Beach...not sure of his name but he works a lot in the early am
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    Mar 02, 2011 3:08 PM GMT
    I am the first person to call someone out on their bullshit so I would report him.

    If the manager is ~bffz~ with the trainer the can both go suck a dick and you can go above the manager.

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  • Rowing_Ant

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    Mar 02, 2011 3:18 PM GMT
    Sounds normal in the gym I go to and my general experience of gym culture in the UK. I did speak to a trainer who was showing someone how to row with a totally incorrect technique and he told me to fuck off, despite introducing myself politely and as a PT AND a Rowing Coach....the level of education of many PTs with regards to form and technique in the UK Ive noticed to be really low with even REPs Level 2s being allowed to give personal training.
  • SwimBIkeRun94...

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    Mar 02, 2011 3:28 PM GMT
    If you're concerned about anonymity, then send an email to the club manager.

    Be sure you're detailed in your description of "why" the trainer is letting his clients do things incorrectly.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 02, 2011 3:34 PM GMT
    Say something to the manager. It is in the best interest of the facility to make them aware from a legal perspective if nothing else. He's an employee and if he is performing his job in a negligent manner, the employer could be held liable if legal action was considered.

    I don't think you are sticking your nose in, just approach it as someone who's knowledgeable and that your are concerned for the safety of the patrons.
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    Mar 02, 2011 3:40 PM GMT
    I agree with those who say you should talk to the Gym's manager. There was a trainer at my gym whom everyone loved and said he was the best...but it turned out he was doing all sorts of wrong things and left before he got caught. A friend of mine hired him and then was out of the country for a few months. He complained when he got back and it got pretty heated. I think if more people had spoken up when it was happening it could have been prevented and they could have been switched to another trainer.

    You could also contact the corporate office and complain, which may have more of an impact. Let them know this is very unprofessional and you are considering leaving the gym because they allowed it to happen - also that you will let everyone you know what's going on.
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    Mar 02, 2011 3:40 PM GMT
    scftnsguy saidI have some educational background in physiology and was a personal trainer for a while in college, so I consider myself to be somewhat knowledgeable when it comes to training, form, etc. If only the trainer in me would come out more often and kick my a$$ into gear...but that's a different story. icon_confused.gif

    Anyway, there's a trainer at my gym who I see completely ignoring his clients...this morning his client was doing lunges and his form was entirely wrong. I've seen him with other clients using bad form to the point that it could cause injury. He never corrects them, rarely seems to be engaged with them and, many time, is either playing on his cell phone or checking out the ladies rather than paying attention to his clients.

    I've considered saying something to the manager, but part of me thinks that if the clients aren't complaining it's not my business.

    What would you do?


    I would mind my own business. Unless you are employed as this trainer's supervisor or you are paying for this guy's training services, stop worrying about other people and focus on your own workout in the gym.

    On a side note, I'm surprised how many people have the time to complain about things that don't effect them at all. Wish I had that kind of idle time on my hands- but sure wouldn't waste it being a busybody.
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    Mar 02, 2011 10:15 PM GMT
    stop stalking members. :p ...
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    Mar 02, 2011 10:24 PM GMT
    Dont say anything to any of his clients. You could get sued for that. You can report it to management and they can take whatever action they think is appropriate.
  • westdave

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    Mar 02, 2011 10:27 PM GMT
    Unless your Paul Chek or someone of his knowledge it's none of your business.....it's for the Fitness Manager to make the call on the quality of his or her trainers....

    dave
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