Personal trainers are an amazing resource for those looking to reach their fitness goals. Of course, you know this working as a personal trainer, but personal trainers can also be susceptible to misinformation. There are a few things you need to educate clients about that can't go unsaid. This article is about things to avoid in training, from misconceptions to the improper form. It’s information you need to say to your clients and it’s information you need to know.

As a personal trainer, you're constantly learning new information. It’ll only help your career and your clients. This article can act as a guide for you when working with a new client. You can ensure you’ll be hitting all the points for people interested in reaching their fitness goals need to know. Even if you're not a personal trainer reading these you can use the information to fix your own programs and get results.

Don't make these fitness mistakes. Start off the right way.
Don't make these fitness mistakes. Start off the right way. Source: Victor Freitas, Pexels


Misconceptions are one of the biggest problems in the fitness industry. There is just a lot of bad information out there. Your clients can be misinformed by friends, family or online. They also don't have the education or experience to know what their reading is misleading. There are so many misconceptions out there you need to help your clients steer clear of them.

One of the misconceptions clients will often ask about is spot targeting. Sport targeting is one you want to lose weight on one body part, so you continually workout that one body part. Your clients need to know this is only a lie. It would be great if we could train our abs to immediately get a 6 pack that follows, but as trainers, we know this is far from the truth.

To learn more read our article Misconceptions Surrounding Fitness.

Ab Training

Ab Training is overlooked by the fitness population all the time. They see abs only as aesthetics and don’t see the functionality in training them. Ab training/core training needs to be structured into every great program. Your clients need to know that your abs are responsible for a lot of different movements even the simple ones like sitting or standing. You need to be training your abs for functionality. If we compare different ab exercises certain ones are going to be more beneficial. For instance, if you perform a side crunch. You're going to be working out your oblique muscle. Although effective, a better exercise would be a cable twist. You're going to still be working out your obliques, but you're also going to be working out your stabilization muscles. You're going to gain more from doing a cable twist rather than a side crunch.

Most will want those 6 pack abs which of course is attainable. As a trainer, you need to educate your clients properly about ab training and give them real ideals about getting a 6 pack. People assume getting a 6 pack is about doing crunches over and over again, but as a trainer, you know this is far from the truth.

To learn more read our article Things to Avoid When Ab Training.

Our abs play a role in our movements.
Our abs play a role in our movements. Source: Elly Fairytale. Pexels

Weight Loss

People wanting to lose weight is the biggest reason clients want to sign with a personal trainer. Most people all have a lot of misinformation when it comes to losing weight. They’ve been told misleading information from family, friends or reading bad articles online. As their trainer, you need to give them the right information.

It’s the titles online that give clients an unrealistic viewpoint. From lose 10 pounds in 5 days or lose a pound a day for 4 weeks. These titles only give your clients false hope and set them up for disappointment within their first-week of starting a training plan. As a personal trainer ifs your job to educate them on these topics so they know what to expect going forward.

To learn more read our article Tips for Weight Loss.

Cardio Training

Cardio training is another fitness activity that people overlook. Cardio training and weight training go hand in hand. They both compliment each other as well. Cardio training means to exercise your heart. By working out your heart your heart starts to pump blood more efficiently and doesn't have to work so hard. In terms of weight lifting having good cardio will allow you to work out harder and perform better. Any good fitness plan is going to incorporate cardio.

Cardio training is typically seen as running on the treadmill, but often this can be boring. A good cardio workout is anything that gets your heart rate up. You should find an activity you enjoy doing. These activities could be running, swimming, biking or anything else that gets your heart rate up. Cardio training can also be a sports activity. If you like playing basketball or soccer these make for perfect cardio exercise.

For more information read our article Cardio Training Mistakes.


A good nutrition plan plays an important part in anyone's fitness plan whether you're trying to lose weight, gain muscle or anything else in between. You need to eat right. There are lots of nutrition mistakes people make when starting to workout. One of the biggest mistakes people make is not worrying about what they eat. Working out is, of course, a great step, but to continually make progress you need to have proper nutrition. You can't out-train a bad diet. Another mistake people often make when it comes to nutrition is not eating enough. When someone wants to gain muscle there not eating enough calories. Working out is not enough. You need to be in a surplus to gain muscle. The same can be said for people that want to lose weight. They can end up not eating enough. Too low of a calorie deficit and you won't be doing your body any favours.

There is lots of information out there about nutrition. You should always do your own research and talk to a dietician or personal trainer. They can help you find the right nutrition plan you need. A good nutrition plan means you'll be fueling your body for what it needs as well as eating to tailor your fitness goals.

To learn more read our article Nutritional Advice.

Nutrition is always going to play an important role in fitness.
Nutrition is always going to play an important role in fitness. Source: Nathan Cowley, Pexels

Start Your Fitness Plan

Don't make these common fitness mistakes. We hope you've found helpful tips to use with your clients or for yourself. There is a lot of bad information out there it can be hard to determine what is good information. Bad information sets people up for failure before they even start their fitness plan. When we see titles like lose 30 pounds in 10 days it makes us feel we have failed. Being informed about the misconceptions of the fitness industry and learning about mistakes we can start off the right way. We can also know the realities of the progress we can make.

If you're looking for a personal trainer Superprof has 100s of trainers all around Canada that are ready to help you. They have the experience and knowledge to train you in the best way possible. Superprof also offers sessions online and in-person giving you the freedom and flexibility to train when you want to train. They have helped so many people just like you, now it's your turn.

Start your fitness plan the right way.



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