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New Trainer Needing Advice


Hey Guys. Thanks for taking the time to read this thread.

I have finally got an awesome job as a Personal Trainer at one of the most busiest gyms in the city. I love it, and this is it for me! I want to grow as a PT keep on learning, expand my knowledge and keep on improving day in and day out as a personal trainer!
Most of all i want to give people what they want, and that is results!

Right now I don't have a problem getting clientele. I think for most people to have a fit Personal Trainer is just motivating. I'm amazed how much trust people have in me, they listen to everything I say and take it very seriously. I have about 8 clients right now. Mostly women, with some experience.

I need some advice please.

What i'm doing right now with most of them is a 3 day Total Body Workout. Depends on the person and what they are capable of performing. Most of them are doing all Compound exercises (5) and (2) single joint exercises total of 8 per workout. I vary the number of sets, reps and rest. Each one of my clients now has a flawless squat, dead lift and a bench press. I've done well on educating the women and what they need to do in order to achieve the body they desire. Each one of them works hard and gives me a 100% each session, I?m proud of these ladies!

All the experienced Trainers out there, any advice for me?

What courses sore hips and does the abductor machine really work for strengthening your hips? - on the push go out extremely slow keep on driving, once you've reached your sticking point keep on driving out for 10 seconds and release, return back to the starting position very slowly and repeat?

Where can I get some cool stretches that I can perform on them, "partner stretches" the ones that work and the ones that they'll need me for.

I have more questions but I'll stop here for now.

Thanks T Nation


I never like the hip machines. For stretching, try reading Pavel's book relax into stretch.

A lot of guys here have info as trainers, especially the coaches. Don't hesitate to ask. Best advie I can give you is keep learning


Good to see someone is teaching how to dead and squat properly.


Only advice I can offer is keep learning, and never have your clients do something you haven't tried and mastered. I'm not certified yet, but I'm working on it.

Have you had anyone do any unilateral work, like one legged ball squats, 1 arm dumbbell bench presses, 1 arm bent rows, etc? Unilateral leg work will build the adductors/abductors much better than those keigle machines.


Check out www.ptonthenet.com it's a membership site, but very worth it especially with all the great info there.

There's a specific article on the AB/ADductor machines and why they're worthless, biomechanically speaking.

In short, the body isn't designed to do that specific movements at that angle, we would be better off doing them in a standing position if so. Other wise, just incorporate standing exercises that don't specifically target the area, such as squats, step ups, lunges, 1 leg squats, etc.

Best of luck to you. Remember it's all about the client.


Congrats, man.

Just remember that that's a big responsibility on your part, because they will follow what you say.

That's fine, and a good achievment. But, how are they at push-ups? That's usually the first upper body pressing movement I work on. I've noticed that once a lady can do a few full-range push-ups, her confidence takes a big boost up. Probably something about being able to do a "man's exercise".

Yep, that'll do it. That kind of exaggerated tempo will definitely encourage muscle soreness.

::throwing a pink dumbbell at you:: Does the pec-deck work for increasing your bench? It may, but there are much better ways. One of the first moves I teach clients (especially female) is the sumo deadlift. They seem to relate it do doing a Plie squat, popular in girly fitness mags, and you can sneak some heavier weight onto the bar without them noticing too much.

Also, if you can figure a way to do reverse hypers, those tend to "go over well" with female clients. Placing a Swiss Ball on top on a flat bench, and laying on the ball is the best way I've found to replicate the move.

Pavel's Joint Mobility book has some nice moves I've been using. Robertson & Cressey's Magnificent Mobility dvd also looks top notch, but I have yet to pick it up. To avoid soreness, I usually recommend a few minutes of various static stretches at the end of the workout. Basic stuff you'd do in Phys. Ed. class: hurdler's stretch, butterfly/groin stretch, standing achilles, side lunge.

I'd be wary of recommending too many "partner" stretches with female clients. Other, less-informed, gym members viewing the "assistance" may misinterpret the movements, and begin gossiping. I've seen it happen.

Best of luck to your clients.


Whoa dude, you probably just LOST respect by becoming a trainer. I'm sorry, I understand, but most personal trainers(I'm going to take a risk and say around 99%) are just complete retards. Atleast at the local gyms where I live, they don' know sh1t.


Yeah, there are a lot of bad PT's out there but the same can be said about any profession. There are probably people out there right now saying "that speedstrength dude is a total retard!" : )