3 Run-of-the-Mill Fitness Experiences to Avoid

Here are some unexpected fitness gym experiences to avoid. One of these may surprise you.

Know How to Pick Out Impersonal Training

A personal trainers job is to help mentor you in the direction of becoming the person whom you want to be.

Your trainer should be someone whom you enjoy working with. She should communicate well with you, be relatable, and motivate you to do things grounded in science (of course).

How can you tell if you're working with an impersonal trainer? 

There are a few subtle signs:

  • They spend a majority of their time and money learning about fitness information that has nothing to do with your goals.
  • Your conversations in and outside of the gym revolve around things they have going on in their lives. Never you and what you're trying to achieve.
  • They don't check in with you outside of the gym in the first place.
  • You spend time trying out fitness fads and techniques that they want to use in their training and not those that will help you reach yours.

If you train with someone who has played college sports, with the wrong person, you might find yourself doing some sport specific training.

While there is nothing wrong with doing sport like movements, they should cover a few bases first:

  1. The exercises and variations you do should center around your body and how you're built
  2. The exercises performed should reflect the goal that you're training to reach
  3. You should perform variations of exercises you enjoy doing the most

Here are a few other reasons why you shouldn't train like an athlete.

You Need to Stop Money-Grubbing Supplement Pushers

There are only a few different supplements proven to work for specific goals on the market. An example of this is creatine for building muscle. If you have a goal of increasing your marathon pace, creatine might not directly help that goal.

Read more about Creatine and why you should buy it here.

Feel like you're taking a handful of pills every day that seem to be slimming your wallet more than your waistline? You might be working with a supplement pusher.

Supplements were designed to make up for a lack of key vitamins and nutrients in your diet. Unless you lack in something, or have a specific purpose for taking a supplement, you likely don't need them.

In general, I recommend fish oil, whey protein, creatine and a multivitamin when appropriate.

A solid source for more information on the acute and chronic effects of sports nutrition and supplementation strategies on body composition, physical performance and metabolism is the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

Suddenly Group Training Can Sure Feel lonely

Group training can be a very motivating experience for the people who enjoy it. You get together with likeminded people who all want to work towards a common goal. That can be very rewarding in and outside of the gym.

The emphasis there is that you're all working on a common goal.

If you find yourself on a football team, soccer team, or basketball team, that goal is quite obvious. You all want to win.  When you meet, workout and eat together, you're all trying to inch towards being the best at your roles.

When you're in group training, your goal might not be as obvious.

Some people will be working out to pass the time. Some have an event coming up that's motivated them to get back in the gym. Some people exercise because there are activities they can't currently enjoy.

Everyone won't look the same, we're all built different. If you're not around like-minded people, you're in the wrong place. Find your tribe.

Good personal training will be about you. Training based on your goals, your body and your enjoyment. A good professional will treat you with the respect you deserve.

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