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When Personal Trainers are Bad for your Diet and Exercise Goals

When Personal Trainers are Bad for your Diet and Exercise Goals


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kristin shaffer personal trainer

Have you ever asked your personal trainer if they are certified? Does a certification mean a personal trainer is qualified with diet and exercise expertise to help you reach your weight loss goal? In this FABulously Fit Friday I help you discern the good from the bad.

For decades I've been working out at gyms where I've seen the same individuals day after day, month after month, and year after year, working with a personal trainer and not achieving their weight loss goals.

And get this... Sometimes they even GAIN weight!

It just perplexed me to no end why individuals would spend their hard-earned money to hire a diet and exercise expert only to go backwards.

In this FABulously Fit Friday I take a look at what it takes to be a "certified" personal trainer, what this means for you, and how you make sure you money is well spent.

Check out the video below and be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments as well. I absolutely LOVE to hear from you!

With love,


Author: Kristin Shaffer

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Hi! I just wanted to thank you for posting this. I hope that a lot of folks watch your video. I am a personal trainer certified through NASM and ISSA and never pretend that I know about something that I don't. I actually had a client who met twice per week for personal training sessions for six months and didn't look any different at the end of that six months. When we we began our training, I asked for a food journal. A week, two weeks, one month, two months, I asked for their food journal, emphasizing that diet is more than 70% of their potential success. I never got their food journal, and they never lost the weight. They did get stronger....their endurance got better, but they did not look much different from the day they started. I'm talking six solid months of training. It was frustrating to me as a trainer. I suppose I wasn't tough enough--I probably should have fired them. I had about three clients in a two-year period like this. I did learn what kind of trainer I want to be, and that's one that holds my clients accountable and demands compliance. Truly, not to be a hard-ass, but I think that some folks hire a trainer for status and or for maintenance (rather than change). Any advice for a 3-year old trainer, beautiful lady?


Micrathene thank you SO much for posting this!

There are so many GREAT trainers out there just like you. And you certainly can't make your clients do what they need to do to ensure their success.

The only advice I would give is to just be super clear with your clients what your expectations are of them. If one of your recommendations is to keep a food journal and they don't, that's probably fine, as long as they understand they likely won't see the results they want to see. It's really all about crystal clear expectations for both trainer and client.

Thanks again for posting.

With love,


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