Toronto Personal Trainer Says, “Death to 90% of All Personal Trainers…well ok..maybe not death but at least bad karma…”
So I just came from a WICKED workout. Like this was literally a workout for the the history books. I’m training really hard to get my abs ready for my Vegas Trip in August for a bachelorette. You see I’m a bridesman at my best girlfriends wedding and….okay…long story that I won’t get into right now.
Here is my BRUTAL workout:
**DO NOT TRY THIS WORKOUT UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN DOING MY BOOTCAMP WORKOUTS FOR AT LEAST 6-8 MONTHS. EVEN THEN I WOULD CAUTION YOU TO TAKE IT EASY*
1. Barbell Complex – Deadlift to Clean Snatch to Reverse Lunge to Push Press 4 Sets X 8 Reps
2. Circuits of – One Leg Hip Extensions to Dumbbell Military Presses to Dumbbell Squats to Lat Pullups 4 Sets X 6 Reps
3. Stability ball Crunches 2 sets X 10 reps
4. Tabata Front Squats X 8 Rounds
And I still had more energy at the end to finish off my workout with an Abs routine. Yeah I know…I’m a sick you know what.
Annnnyyyyyways….as I was “playing” in my gym in Toronto and I noticed a few things that made my JAW DROP OPEN. In my head I’m thinking, “What the BLEEP are these people thinking?” The messed up part about it was….They were PERSONAL TRAINERS.
It kinda reminded me of a conversation I had with my main man Tim at Advantage Fitness. And it goes a little something like this…
Tim and I were having a great conversation as usual when we came across another personal trainer who owns his own studio.
We came to talking (I’m a very sociable dude and I he is too) and we come the topic of Toronto fitness events. I asked him who his favourite fitness experts are. If you have been reading my posts you know that I’m a huge fan of Alwyn Cosgrove, Mark Vergstegen, Craig Ballantyne, BJ Gaddour and countless others.
Really…..I’m like a huge geek who gets really shy when I’m around these guys. I kinda want to ask them for autographs but I slap myself 10 times before letting myself be a total loooser….okay back to the story…
So what was his response?
“I don’t bother reading other peoples stuff. I do my own thing. I’ve been in the fitness industry for 15 years blah blah blah and I know what works and what doesn’t blah blah blah.”
“I don’t believe in investing in my own education because it is all a bunch of nonsense and I’m a PERSONAL TRAINING DINOUSAUR who relies on his own personality to keep my clients who I’ve been training for 15 years blah blah blah”
Okay now I’m paraphrasing but you get the point. Seriously he was talking so much nonsense I had to tune him out.
Here is the GOOD PART. He then went on a rant on how fitness experts are only out there to get money and they are all SELLOUTS…….
In the back of my mind I was like “WTF? Is this guy effing serious?” All of my knowledge and results with clients has been done on the backs of all those “SELLOUT fitness experts”. How else would you find out the best ways to burn fat off of your body????
I was flabbergasted!
I even asked him if he knew who Alwyn Cosgrove is and he had no idea. Crazy! I mean Alwyn Cosgrove is like the Lance Armstrong of Personal training. And this dude owns a fitness studio? I shudder to think of what he does to his clients.
I could go on and on but it just leads me to this conclusion every single time…..
The problem is 90% of all personal trainers are exactly like this dude.
It literally sickens me to the stomach when I see trainers put their clients through programs that make no effing sense.
At my own gym I see the most ridiculous shit happening that I just want to go up to the trainers and shake them until their certifications fall out of their own ass.
I see one trainer making an overweight man dragging two barbells across the gym floor.
I see another trainer using nothing but MACHINES with every one of his clients. What is this? TERMINATOR?
I see another trainer making his clients do 1 hour of USELESS CARDIO after their sessions. The messed up thing is 90% of the trainers in Toronto prescribe this method to lose fat…Has anyone heard of Interval training??
I see all trainers trying to put their clients through concocted exercises that are really cool looking but totally ineffective like:
- Doing things on a bosu ball for fat loss…..shudddddddder
- Doing anything on the Smith Machine other than hanging their towel on it.
- Making clients jump on a bench and then pressing up two dumbbells with one leg in the air…wtf?? I’m serious…
- And much much more stupid exercises….
And don’t get me started on their nutritional advice!
Honestly, do any of these trainers know what they are doing or did they just get their certification out of a cracker jack box? My workouts programs are so different from theirs that I sometimes think that I’m the one TAKING CRAZY PILLS!
This is not to say that all trainers are horrible. I truly believe that out of all the trainers that have a job in a gym or freelancing, THERE ARE ONLY 10% of people that know what they are doing. You just gotta find the right one.
Here are a couple tips to finding the right personal trainer in Toronto:
– Watch the way they train their client. If they are not constantly modifying form and spotting then you have someone who is just getting by on looks, personality or BOTH.
– They gotta have testimonials from previous clients who have seen results with them. It’s the only way to know if you have a winner.
– If they take steroids….NEXT! Cheaters don’t win.
– They don’t need a kin degree but that would help. They MUST be certified.
– They gotta guarantee results.
– They gotta read up on their area of expertise at least one hour a day. Ask them who they study. If they don’t read up on any experts and rely on their own expertise but themselves……NEXT!
– They gotta be totally focused on their clients and putting everything into them. If not they are probably punching the clock and waiting for a pay cheque.
– They should NEVER be on their cell phones or drinking coffee while a client is working out. NEVER.
– They have to look the part to act it. I mean who wants to get trained by someone who looks more out of shape then them? There has got to be continuity in the advice they give to clients.
Choosing a trainer can be a hard thing to do so choose wisely. Or you could just choose a program that ACTUALLY WORKS and has a GUARANTEE behind it.
I’m a HYUUUGE believer in finding a coach to help you in areas that you are lacking or you feel that you are weak in. If you want legal advice you go to a lawyer. If you want medical advice you go to a doctor. I invest BIG MONEY each month into my business coach and mastermind groups.
But the difference between those professions and the personal training profession in Toronto is that to be a doctor or lawyer you have to go through a LOOOONG process to get your degree’s, phd’s etc..
Personal training only takes a weekend and you are certified.
That’s why you gotta do your research before deciding to invest in any personal trainer. Be thorough and ask questions. Pretend like you are buying a house because you are making the biggest investment in the world…..YOURSELF.
I hope this helped you out. Please comment below and let me know what you think. Get involved because getting involved will actually help you towards achieving your goals!
Hope to hear from you 🙂