Ever wonder what fitness trainers actually think when you stroll in late or check your texts between reps? We do, so we asked. Here are their unfiltered responses
We find out what your fitness trainer is really thinking.
WE PICK UP ON YOUR ENERGY “Trainers pride themselves on creating an environment that members look forward to being in, but there are definitely a few things that can kill the vibe, including not being punctual, talking during introduction and technique explanation, not following instructions or not being present in the session, such as showing body language like you don’t want to be there,” says Earl. “This kind of behaviour can quickly filter through the room and negatively impact the session.”
TRANSPARENCY IS KEY “If you’re following a program but not getting the expected results due to all those cheeky weekend cocktails, just be honest and tell us,” says Mclean. “Chances are we’ve already guessed what’s going on. ‘Alternative facts’ in fitness will get you nowhere.”
IGNORANCE CAN LEAD TO INJURY “My favourite is when clients avoid eye contact to imply the cue doesn’t apply to them,” says Earl. “I’m a hawk and see everything that goes on in my studio, so if I’m looking in your direction you know why.”
WE DON’T WANT TO OVERSTEP “Trust me, we’re often just as intimidated to approach you as we don’t want to interrupt your workout or correct your form without permission to help,” says Gospel.
KEEP A FRESH FACE “I get discouraged by clients who insist on wearing a full face of makeup, as it affects how hard they push themselves,” Mclean admits. “If you’re scared to sweat in case your mascara runs or your bronzer comes off on your towel, consider pulling back because it’s only hindering your training.”
SILENT MODE “You don’t need your mobile during class,” says Mclean. “Keep it out of sight to avoid distraction. It goes both ways – it’s unprofessional for a trainer to check their phone while teaching.”
OBNOXIOUS BEHAVIOUR DOESN’T GO UNNOTICED “There’s nothing more frustrating than people who skip rope next to someone lying down stretching or charge past doing walking lunges with a barbell, making everyone duck for safety,” Gospel says. “Be considerate of those around you.”
CHECK THE MIRROR “Some activewear is just plain see-through,” warns Gospel. “I would never tell a stranger walking through the gym that I can see their pink polka-dot undies under their pants, but I wish I could!”
SAVE THE NIKE AIR MAX FOR STREET STYLE “Wearing the correct footwear and bra contribute to your training and help avoid injury,” Mclean says. “Cute, strappy bras and high-intensity training just don’t mix.”
THE OBVIOUS IS WORTH REPEATING “Not wearing deodorant or trying to get one more go out of yesterday’s gym gear is a big no-no,” says Gospel. “We all get stinky, so please, pack deodorant and wear a fresh kit every day.”