Yes and I agree with the above posts. But, not knowing what the relationship between the trainer and the client is or what are the goals, training history and program which are in place, there is not much I can say. I try not to judge just others unless I am witnessing something really wrong (like bad form).
/Agree with top posts.
Off the wall can mean different things. Sometimes it’s necessary to mix things up with clients to keep it fun, interesting and get them coming back.
Health in the gym can be somewhat monotonous, so breaking the ice every now and then really helps.
Ive seen lots of things I would consider to be bad, but the biggest one is when a trainer gets into teaching a teen how to lift. Usually I have seen crossfit type workouts. Advanced multi joint movements, at speed for reps.
Great for an athlete, but usually teens dont have the neuromuscular foundation to work like this. It sets them up for some bad gym experiences.
Ok, I’ have a somewhat different “read” on the question.
To me, “off the wall” is unusual or very different, NOT dangerous, neglectful, inappropriate, etc..
Off the wall can mean different things in different gyms. At a “sedate” local gym where the free weight get more attention from the cleaner than all the clients combined, just doing squats could be off the wall.
I’ve seen it, I’ve had it done to me, I’ve even done it a couple times. Sometimes it can be a good thing, I had a client doing planks and plank rows at a facility that really didn’t have much personal training done there and had people come up and ask me if I had just “made that up”, once I explained the purpose of the exercises, many of them realized that I am a professional, not just someone who knows “how to lift weights”.
I too have witnessed much of what other posters have said here. One of the common problems I see is a trainer who is so clearly out of touch with their client and the training session. They clearly seem to have a “standard script” of exercises that they use with a client regardless of whether those exercises and the intensity involved actually suits the specific client. I then watch as the poor client tries their best to perform. You can see them looking to their trainer for feedback, yet receiving none. It’s terrible to see this and I often find myself just shaking my head and having to look away.