I need your help, dear readers.
This semester I am teaching a course on Exercise Testing and Prescription for undergraduate Kinesiology students. At the end of the course students will be eligible to challenge a national exam to become CSEP Certified Personal Trainers (the professional designation for personal trainers in Canada), and I’m trying to make the course as useful as possible for students who choose to go that route.
This is where you come in. I’ve heard lots of horror stories in the past from people who have received absolutely terrible advice from their personal trainers. And I’ve also heard stories of people who absolutely love their personal trainers, and have seen great benefits as a result of their training.
In class we’ll be talking a lot about ideal ways of working with clients, but I’d really like to bring in some stories from the client perspective. If you have had a personal trainer, did you find it to be a positive experience? Why/why not?
Did they give you excellent advice? Did they consistently fail to provide you with an actual training plan? What made you want to leave/stay with your trainer for a long time? I would love to hear all of your thoughts in the comments section below, or via email (saunders dot travis at gmail).
Please leave out names of the trainers/gyms, and you can even omit your own name if you choose to do so (the comment box requires a name and email address, but they need not be real ones). Any thoughts on what your trainer did to make working out a good/bad experience would be extremely useful to both me and my students.