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?
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.
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.
The gym is where you reign supreme. If you see a trainer doing something wrong, ask them what they were doing with a client in a curious way. Maybe they are changing the workout to specifically fit the client.
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.
I have written comments in the comment box a couple of times at a gym where I work out but do not teach. Simple statements regarding the most egregious safety concerns, “You might want to observe trainer XXX in their methods of teaching squats. I was working out nearby today and it looked like there were some knee issues with the back knee caving inwards on traveling lunges that trainer XXX didn’t notice or address.”
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.