Don't let your trainer become your BFF
You want to train with someone you like and respect, and enjoy spending the hour with. But sometimes, clients and trainers cross the line from being professional to being too buddy-buddy.
"This results in lackluster workouts where the trainer is too busy chatting, or being distracted by other outside stimulus," NSCF-certified personal trainer Virginia Kinkel, owner of Bodymass Gym in Arlington, VA, explains. She says if the relationship becomes too casual, the trainers themselves can become flaky, blow off their clients, and scheduling could be a nightmare.
"Remember, as a client, you are spending a lot of time and money to get a result," Kinkel adds. "If your trainer isn't delivering, no matter how nice of a person he or she is, don't be afraid to move on to another!"
Try not to bother your trainer when he or she is with a client
Trainers also become regulars at their gyms, and form a friendly rapport with the members and staff. But it shouldn't bleed into their one-on-one time with clients.
"Other gym-goers will interrupt me and break my concentration while working with the client," ACE-certified personal trainer Shane McLean says. "It's the client's hour, not theirs, and it takes my time and energy away from my client."