HELP MizFit!! how do I know if I’ve found a good trainer?!
This is a question Ive received more than a few times and yet one Ive avoided answering as I could ramble on & on & ON on the subject.
Im highly confident ya’ll have better things to do than listen to me rant about the fact you should NOT select the trainer who checks herself out in the mirror every 3 seconds (while supposedly spotting you) nor should you think that simply because Trainer X has more letters behind his name than your physician it’s an indication of his fabulousity (waves at Kimora).
As a result Im going brief here, People.
In all confidence that you will chime in below and point out all that Ive missed & give us all your collective .02.
- Education or certification. This isnt the most important quality in my opinion (Ive seen some amazing trainers who have learned it all by reading on their own and DOing) but it certainly helps. Find out whom their certifying body is and googlegooglegoogle to read more about it. There are a few standard respected ones (ACSM, ACE etc.) and more than a few “fill out this form and send us 500.00 and youre a trainer!” online offers.
- (some people like to ask about CPR/first aid/liability insurance. I never thought to ask when I was seeking a trainer but was certified/had insurance when I served as a trainer. your call.)
- EXPERIENCE. By this I dont mean years of training clients (we all need to start somewhere with a first client) but at least an interest-level/passion with regards to your population. Are you pregnant? looking to lose weight? gain muscle mass? Do you have a chronic injury you need to work around? Seek a trainer who has experience in YOUR arena.
- Do you like the person beyond the fact s/he’s a trainer. In my mind this is the first thing you should look for after assessing that the individual does, indeed, have some knowledge with regards to what they’re doing fitness-wise. Whether it is one session or 400 you need to find a trainer who is someone with whom you WANT to spend time! I had clients three times a week for years who might have lasted a month with a different trainer. I also had employees with long-term clients who might have quit after one session with my celeb-gossiping self.
How do you know youve found a not-good trainer? You wont need to ask! If youve hired Suzy ItsAllAboutMe she wont listen to what you say (from basic chat to exercise questions), she’ll spend most of your session on her cell phone/chatting with other gym goers, fail to return your calls or emails in a timely basis, and make the sessions more about her goals than yours.
MizFits? Thoughts? Did you bother to ask for referencs when you chose your trainer? Are you a trainer & do you offer references? free consultations? Hit us up in the comments.
I am 48, weigh 122 and have been bench pressing and doing curls with 15 pound dumb bells. Is that too much? I don’t want to look manly.
OK, you can tell where my head is as when I read this email I initially thought she was concerned about looking too manly whilst executing the press.
You know, not feminine enough in the gym setting.
I did, however, finally get it (Im nothing if not slow) and realized that our emailer is asking about developing muscles that would appear too manly.
One sentence on a topic which has been beaten to death: we woman dont possess enough testosterone to build big, bulky, thick, unsightly muscles.
In my opinion, any weight you can press (having no idea of your goals or limitations) for three sets is what you should do!
Your first set should consist of 12 reps, the second set of 10-12 reps, and during your final set you should find that you *work* to eek out 8-10 repetitions.
Fret not about the man-muscles. I completely get your concern and promise you it wont happen.
Vegetarian protein powder, MizFit?? Do you like any?
Ive received this question a bunch lately and the answer is YES!
I really like pea protein (more than you’d ever wanna know about my love affair with P-squared can be found here). The type I show in the video is vanilla flavor but Kirkman Labs makes a great flavorless powder for baking/cooking.
I also use Genisoy’s protein powders, NOW brand egg white protein powder & rice protein powder.
I know it all depends on what type of vegetarian one is (types the complete carnivore), but hopefully this points you toward a few you can try.
Im always a fan of buying a bunch of different kinds in the smallest cannisters you can find & having an at-home taste test party!
It’s fun for the whole family.
MizFits? Got any better suggestions? A favorite veggie powder? please to comment below.