What can a trainer do for you?

As far as I’m concerned health is paramount and health can never improve without a good diet. It is for this reason that I emphasize solid nutrition even prior to exercise if your goal is good health. As a matter of fact I have clients who workout just twice a week for 15 min a day, while they focus purely on correcting their nutrition. In my honest opinion, every fitness trainer should invest the time to learn about legit nutrition if he/she cares about his/her client’s health and long term well-being. So for the remainder of this post when I say trainer, I’m referring to one who is well acquainted with the latest research in exercise physiology AND nutrition.

That said, it’s sad… really sad… that trainers (especially in developing countries like India) are not given much respect. So much so that no one really “aspires” to be a trainer. It’s almost considered a menial profession that only folks who have “no other outs” get in to. Don’t get me wrong. You throw peanuts you get only monkeys. For the amount of money the gyms actually pay trainers, no one will really dream about being a trainer. On the other hand though, most trainers have little to no qualifications or knowledge to actually be respected and/or paid handsomely. Very very few trainers are actually informed enough to help their clients. So hey, if you’ve got only monkeys you can only throw peanuts right? A classic chicken and egg situation.

Seriously??

Getting to the point

But let’s assume you found a legit trainer. Someone who…

  • is super passionate about fitness,
  • genuinely wants to help people,
  • doesn’t look at clients as walking dollar bills,
  • is very familiar with exercise physiology,
  • is well versed in human anatomy,
  • is aware of what good nutrition is,
  • doesn’t prescribe a one size fits all exercise and nutrition approach,
  • and doesn’t buy into fads like 300 workouts or low whatever diets.

What can such a trainer do for you?

Without any exaggeration, he/she can…

  • instantly make your inflamed joints feel better
  • make you look awesome
  • teach you a thing or two about hard work
  • fix your mobility issues
  • motivate you to an extent that you change your life around
  • help you with nutrient deficiencies
  • help you fight, prevent and maybe even cure autoimmune diseases via good nutrition
  • teach you the right way to stand, sit, walk, run and move
  • make you stronger than you ever imagined
  • make you healthier than your doctor can
  • save you tens of thousands of bucks (which you will have spent on healthcare if not for him/her)
  • work with you to help you excel in your sport/event
  • ensure you’re not scammed by helping you differentiate between BS and legit info
  • help you sleep better
  • make your sex life much better
  • make that pot belly of yours disappear
  • help you find food allergies you had no idea about
  • fix that lower back pain you are suffering with
  • help you achieve physical feats you never thought possible
  • literally add 10+ years to you life
  • make you the dad who kids love to play with
  • help you win that tennis match with your 20 yr old
  • tell you what real food is
  • make you feel years younger in a matter of weeks

Or in other words… a legit trainer can improve the quality of your life like you can never imagine.

Where can you find such trainers?

Though such trainers are not easy to find, I am sure they exist in every city. Invest some time researching and finding such folks instead of signing up with any guy who looks big and jacked. Be sure you work with good trainer ‘cos, realize, you are literally trusting your life with this person. He/she is getting a chance to make a huge difference in your life and he/she better be worth it!

If you don’t find any good trainers in your city, here are some awesome folks whose work I follow regularly and strongly recommend for you to work with (IF they have openings).

(Note: If you want to work with me, I am in the process of doing some consultation for charity. So expect a wait-time.)

Bottom Line

So stop kidding yourself about your health and go get yourself an awesome trainer! It will be the best money you ever spent.

And remember… always respect the legit trainers and don’t hesitate to fire the worthless idiots!

– Peace out.

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18 responses to “What can a trainer do for you?

  1. Soundarya March 28, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Awesome Awesome post. Very very well said. But honestly the mindset of people in India when u say gym trainer is someone uneducated and who had no other choice but to become a trainer. no one understands the kind of learning and understanding and hard work you need to do to be one! and as my trainer I think you are pretty awesome and can tick almost all the points in the checklist u hv written as what a trainer can do for a client:) Keep up the great job.

  2. Meera March 28, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Do you think its necessary for the trainer to be physically present? Does remote training work at all?

    • RG March 29, 2011 at 7:02 am

      Remote training totally works. Not many people can actually afford to pay a trainer 3-4 days a week and online consultations are a great work around.

    • JC March 29, 2011 at 7:20 am

      Hey Meera,

      Remote training can work really well – it mainly depends on the individual. If you are pretty self-motivated, already know how to train, but just need some direction and guidance, then you’re a perfect candidate.

      If you’re new to the weight room or need someone to hold your hand in person a few times per week, remote training is a complete waste of money for you and throbbing headache for the trainer.

      cheers and beers

      JC

  3. Jim Bathurst March 29, 2011 at 6:27 am

    Thanks for the shout out! I currently work out of Balance Gym in Washington D.C. (recently voted Best Gym by the Washington CityPaper). Please feel free to contact me if you’re looking for quality Personal Training. (limited spaces open). I work my tail off to help all my clients.

  4. Yogini March 29, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Raj,

    I would like to begin with a sincere apology. Why? Simply because I was wrong in judging you and your intent. What changed my mind about you? The past three days, I took time out to read most of your blog …right from MY STORY to INSPIRATION. All I would like to say is KUDOS to you for being determined in what you have set out to do.

    Peace.
    Yogini

    • RG March 29, 2011 at 9:11 pm

      Yogini,
      No worries… but I really appreciate you coming back to write an apology. Not many people do that. And thank you for the kind words.

      It’s all good!

  5. Arvind Ashok March 29, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Thanks for the shout-out Raj! Very very important post – trainers in India, and well, even here at machine-rental gyms do suck – but it is a huge chicken-and-egg issue. But there are just so many awesome resources out there that you see people educating themselves better and becoming better trainers! India needs a revolution though.

  6. Thor Falk March 31, 2011 at 2:04 am

    Dear blog author. I often read your blog on an iPad, and I personally don’t like that experience since WordPress has introduced the iPad theme (see http://thorfalk.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/wordpress-bloggers-please-disable-ipad-theme/ for details). Unfortunately I can not opt-out to see your blog in its full splendor. Could I kindly ask you to consider whether you really like the way it looks on the iPad, and maybe turn off the iPad theme? This would certainly make my browsing experience much more pleasurable. Thanks a lot!

  7. Neha April 5, 2011 at 3:23 am

    Thank God I found a genuine trainer 🙂

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