I’m not a TV trainer. On TV trainers yell and scream at their clients. They reduce them to tears, call them names, tell them they are fat. TV trainers are nasty, rotten and aggressive.
It drives me crazy when I see what The Biggest Loser has done with Jillian Michaels. She clearly is an excellent trainer and gets results. But the crazy side she shows on TV does a disservice to trainers everywhere. There is no way in hell her clients would like her as much as they do when the show is over if she was actually like she plays on camera.
The problem is this TV trainer is completely opposite of that a trainer should be.
I’ve been a trainer for twenty years and I’ve seen lots of different types of trainers. Some are more business like than others. Some are into themselves. Some are more like a drill sergeant while others are super nice.
But the best trainers are the ones that coach their clients past their limits, help them overcome obstacles, and encourage them to change and live better lives. I spend a lot of time with clients listening to their life stories, their work life, and their kids stories. We have a lot of laughs and they get a great workout.
In the end that is what it all comes down to; Any moron can give you a hard workout and make you sore. Any rookie trainer can help you with a plan and you likely will get in better shape than you are now.
But if you are going to spend money and time, please go to a trainer that cares about your goals, and your life. Find one that wants the best for you, and won’t just do things you like. Someone who will encourage you past your limits and make you enjoy seeing them.
That is what a real trainer is. Trust me, when you meet one you will know the trainers you see on TV are not only fake, but silly as well.
Devin Sherrington is seven time Best Personal Fitness Trainer Halifax award winner, and owner the award winning fitness studio 360fit in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He lives in Fletcher’s Lake with his girlfriend Lauren and children Reign and Journey.