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How To Spot A Bad Trainer

If you suspect
you're not getting your money's
worth, ask yourself these questions.

  • Did you get a full workout during your first session?

    "Before you start
    to exercise, you should fill out a
    health history and discuss your lifestyle
    and goals," says Cedric Bryant,
    Ph.D., chief science officer for the
    American Council on Exercise. Also,
    expect to do simple tests-like a
    seated forward bend, push-ups, and a
    one-mile walk-to measure your
    flexibility, strength, and endurance.
  • Does she check her BlackBerry while you lift?

    You wouldn't want a
    distracted doctor operating on you,
    so expect no less from your trainer.
    Chatting nonstop and looking
    around are all signs that she's on
    autopilot. She should be correcting
    your form and encouraging you.
  • Does she ask you how you're feeling before every session?

    Stress, a bad night's sleep, and nagging aches
    and pains can all affect your workout.
  • Does she gossip about clients?
    "Your trainer shouldn't share any
    details about other people she works
    with," says Bryant. "Confidentiality
    is a sign of professionalism."

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