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?
I have gotten very frustrated when I see clients being trained by a clueless trainer. I would not tell the fitness manager because the manager should be doing his/her job by observing how the clients are being trained anyway. If the ‘trainer’ is a novice and is interested in improving perhaps they will listen to some well chosen words of wisdom. This would be helpful to all concerned.
Though most people advise stay out of it, this is a safety concern.
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.
The answers given are excellent, Janet’s in particular. I can assure you that this will be something that you will deal with forever! I have been to so many lectures and read so many articles where the information is, at best, questionable based on the research, and, I guess, based on my interpretation.
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.
I too find this very frustrating. I train people in a private gym where the members can bring in their own trainers. (The members must live in the building). There are 3 other trainers I see regularly there who are embarrassments to the industry. Their clients (who are mostly 60 and older) are doing high risk exercises with poor form (Behind the neck pulldowns, broomstick twists, bouncing toe touches,working out with slippers on (!), treadmill with ankle weights to mention just a few), there is little variability in what they do, and I have seen two of the trainers on their cell phones more than once. I do keep my mouth shut, but I can say I have had many members ask me about training, and when I tell them I am not taking new clients, I give them the business card of a trainer I feel comfortable recommending, obviously not one of the three I see. Hopefully that subtle message gets through.
You only end up in a ‘he said / she said’ argument that you won’t win. If that gym is known to hire people as ‘trainers’ before they are certified then approaching the manager is hardly a viable solution.
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.