Get A Good Personal Trainer, 3 Reasons Why You Don’t Want A Crappy One

Get A Good Personal Trainer, 3 Reasons Why You Don’t Want A Crappy One

Thoughts From Your Local Fitness Coach, Trainer & Consultant

July 6 2016 LUNGE JASON3 ways To maximize Your Workouts (1)


Written by: Femi Doyle-Marshall



Right now writing this article I want to stress that I have been in the fitness industry for roughly half of my life. Starting from personally training teachers in my high school to working as a fitness consultant, personal trainer and fitness adviser in big box gyms.

This is just the tip of the iceberg mind you.

Outside of this, I spent a good portion of my time working with clients and members outside of each facility along with taking additional certification courses and training.

All to invest in myself to bring more value to the members I work with on a day to day basis.

Now this brings me to today.

As I began my journey in the health + fitness industry I noticed something common with the facilities I worked with. Some clients had the opportunity to work with outstanding fitness trainers and personal trainers while others did not. If you are preparing to jump start your fitness journey take a read below before you invest.

These are my reasons to Get A Good Personal Trainer, 3 Reasons Why You Don’t Want A Crappy One.

But wait.

It will be a play on words.

I ultimately believe every individual needs a coach, adviser or consultant. Simply because we grow by acquiring new knowledge and information every day.




Lack of Sustainability: Sustainability is what will allow you to make the most of any training environment. Early in my career members purchased large fitness training packages even small ones to get to a specific goal. This may relate to a wedding, birthday, graduation or some massive event. This is great. What may not be is the approach used in offering the program or awareness of what the member truly needs. Often times these training packages are not sustainable since they are focused on one event and are of higher price points.

Supporting Statement: Finding a trainer or training environment that meets your income, interests and experience is key. A high client focused culture tends to offer a wide variety of training programs to help members transform and validates having a trainer.

Lack of Community: Thinking of the trainer this may be a factor of the environment. I’ve been in this situation starting out before. Community can keep you active and engaged. In many personal training environments I have seen members being left alone to fend for themselves. Touch points of interaction can help anybody stick to training. When you are doing one on one it is often easy to find reasons to miss a session:

“I’m too tired.”
“I will make it up next week.”
“It’s just one day.”
“It really isn’t that bad.”

You might of heard these before.

Community can motivate you to be a part of something greater than yourself.



Supporting Statement: The ideal training environment recognizes this road block and provides solutions. Some trainers that embody this mindset create it. What has worked extremely well for my members is having an environment of success. Even in a personal training environment it is possible to create a community culture. Empowerment is something you can notice and feel very quickly. Groups of powerful people can empower at lightening speed.

Lack of Growth: Be careful if you see signs of this. A poor personal training environment has the potential to stagnate very quickly. If you have been doing the same thing without progress this is often a sign that the time is near. Awareness of where you are in the training cycle is the first step in moving forward when you are not growing. Be aware of what your needs are and what you truly want to achieve.

Supporting Statement: A great personal training environment has a framework for fitness, growth and education. You may have a set warm up routine based off of your fitness level or injury status. You may have a combination of exercises specific to your health + fitness goals. The right coach, trainer, consultant keeps these things in mind to make the most of your experience.

With all mentioned in our article the focus of any training experience should be on movement. I always recommend a group environment if your schedule and location allows since it can overcome every reason mentioned. If you prefer a personal trainer or personal training environment also remember that nothing is stopping you from getting outstanding results.

Be aware of the wins and losses of both sides of the equation before you make any decision.


And that’s it for today. Be sure to reach out to us if you are interested in coaching, training or consulting. Our programs available offer easy solutions to many of the points made above. Visit to get started. Otherwise have questions or concerns? Feel free to leave them below along with any comments, thoughts and feedback. If you are looking to get a better understanding of this article I will be sure to post a response.



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