Do you ever get frustrated watching another trainer have their clients perform exercises incorrectly?
I workout at a gym I am not working for. I get so frustrated when I see other trainers clearly training a client using incorrect form or just plain bad, possibly harmful, exercises. I don't know what to do. Should I say something to the manager? I mean this place is known to hire people before they recieve their certification and give them up to 6 months to get it. What do I do?
They hire a fitness manage for that. If you were the fitness manager then I would say it is within your job description.
Best to you.
I'd stay out of it and do the best job for your clients that you can do
On the other hand: I have altered exercises for my clients for very specific reasons. Is that possible? And why not ask the 'trainer' for his rationale to modify the exercise? Maybe you can strike up a conversation.
Just relax and "keep the faith" that the clients are on their way to a healthier lifestyle! The information given will most likely pass over anyway.
Sometimes, when I see something that I might think is a little off, I ask the trainer if they can tell me why that person is doing that exercise in that way. That way I can see where their head is at. There is nothing wrong with asking questions, but it doesn't have to be in an accusatory manner.
It's not about telling on the trainer, but rather about trying to help each other.
Sometimes a clueless trainer actually does know what they're doing.
On the offchance they don't, I personally have no problem calling them out and asking more. The gym should always be a safe place. YOU can prevent an injury. Speak up.
Then the manager can decide whether to observe the trainer or to let it go, but I've sent a message in a kind way.
If it's a coworker I haven't mentored or don't know well, I've done the "curious questioning" technique mentioned above.
For example, I had a trainer trying to get their client to stand on a stability ball. That is something expressly forbidden in my studios by anyone. They chose to stop then. And later tried to convince me otherwise. But I told them that for me the risk out weighed the reward. And as I know a number of people have seriously injured their knees doing what is pretty much a circus stunt, told them that they would need to find somewhere else to do this particular activity. If they want to do that so badly, they could do it somewhere else.
In public, I do not confront trainers doing such things. If I see one doing something like the above, I stop watching them at all. I don't need to confront people in public or deal with someone esle's training mistakes.