Open Letter to Trainers

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    Apr 17, 2012 4:35 AM GMT
    I have a great trainer. That said, I've put together an "open letter" to trainers to help them see things from the client's perspective. Anything to add, boys?

    A Letter from your Personal Training Client

    1. I look up to you. Try to set a good example for me.

    2. Smile when you see me. It makes me want to keep coming back.

    3. I want to please you. Of course I want better health and a better body, but you’re one of my motivators, too.

    4. You might get tired of saying, “Good job,” and “Good work today,” but I need to hear these things.

    5. Show up on time. My time is valuable and your services don’t come cheap.

    6. When I ask questions, use simple terms. I might not understand technical language.

    7. From time to time, explain your long-term plan for me. It helps me keep going.

    8. Help me set realistic goals so I won’t be discouraged when change doesn’t come fast enough.

    9. Don’t expect too much from me right away. This is a big change for me. I can’t start exercising, cut out all junk food, quit smoking and give up other bad habits all at once. Baby steps….

    10. I’m most ready to learn new things at the beginning of our session together. By about halfway through, my brain can’t really process new information.

    11. It’s okay to demonstrate an exercise, but don’t show off; it makes me feel small.

    12. The first time I say, “I can’t do this,” it just means I’m frustrated by a new exercise. The second time, it means I’m really having trouble. Maybe I need help with my form. Maybe I need a different exercise to work that muscle group.

    13. Don’t say, “Okay, you’re burned out.” Let me try one more rep. I just might have it in me.

    14. If you can show me how an exercise works toward my goals, I’m more likely to try it.

    15. Ask me how I feel about doing such-and-such. I need to feel in control.

    16. Do an exercise with me from time to time. I like how we look in the mirror.

    17. It’s okay to touch me. I expect it. It’s not inappropriate unless you make it creepy. A hug at the end of our workout can make it all worth it.

    18. Don’t give me too much to concentrate on at once (“Arch your back, feet apart, push from your heels, elbows in, head up, power through….”) It’s overwhelming. Give me the basics and fine-tune my form as we go on.

    19. Never ever scold me for not pushing hard enough, not eating properly or anything else. “You get more flies with honey than with vinegar.”

    20. I’m going to have good days and bad days. Tweak my routine accordingly.

    21. This gym stuff is your life, but it’s not mine. If working out isn’t at least a little fun, I’ll drop it like a hot potato. Keep it enjoyable.

    22. If you’re frustrated with me, never let it show.

    23. The gym might be intimidating to me. Exercises that have me using strange equipment might make me self-conscious with others looking on.

    24. Don’t hold a conversation with someone else while I’m doing a set. You’re supposed to be watching my form.

    25. Don’t try to sell me stuff. It makes me doubt that you have my best interests at heart.

    26. Don’t gossip about your other clients. It makes me wonder what you say about me when I’m not around.

    27. Introduce me to other people in the gym. I’m always looking for new, friendly faces there. Compliment me publicly, it supercharges my motivation.

    28. If I say I need a rest or that something hurts, believe me. I know my body better than you do.
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    Apr 17, 2012 5:11 AM GMT
    I'd like to send an open letter from a non-client's perspective, starting with:

    1. Stop hoarding and abandoning collections of the most popular dumbells (15-25lb) and fixed barbells (30-50lb).

    2. Re-rack those weights instead of leaving them in the most counterintuitive, far flung corners of the gym.

    3. I've been working around you for a half hour by changing up my routine and have exhausted all other options so let me work in on that piece of equipment you've been monopolizing for 20 minutes while your client sits and talks, even if being talked at is what you're being paid for.

    4. Don't confuse bad gym etiquette with chivalry.

    5. Don't set bad examples for your clients.

    6. "A hug at the end of our workout can make it all worth it."


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    Apr 17, 2012 5:21 AM GMT
    Oops! For a moment, I thought "An open letter to Chainers". icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 17, 2012 6:31 AM GMT
    I am in the process of becoming a personal trainer so this is definitely valuable info! icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 17, 2012 6:43 AM GMT
    29. Next time you come over, it's your turn to be chained to the ceiling.
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    Apr 17, 2012 7:22 AM GMT
    Great topic OP. I have experienced many of these things both as a client and as one in gym with equipment / weights being monopolised by trainers arrogantly. Your list and added comments have captured a good range of things. I once had a trainer who was always complaining about being cold, injured or constantly gossiping about other clients and it was so unmotivating!