Stick to the plan, don’t complain and get fit

  • Betty Doyling puts Sue Sharpe through her paces (Photograph supplied)

    Betty Doyling puts Sue Sharpe through her paces (Photograph supplied)

  • Betty Doyling puts Sue Sharpe through her paces (Photograph supplied)

    Betty Doyling puts Sue Sharpe through her paces (Photograph supplied)

  • Betty Doyling puts Sue Sharpe through her paces (Photograph supplied)

    Betty Doyling puts Sue Sharpe through her paces (Photograph supplied)

Being in a network of personal trainers Iíve had a lot of conversations about our pet peeves or frustrations.

There are, sometimes, those clients who rub a trainer the wrong way. As professionals, we would never allow that to negatively affect their sessions, however, there are some things that happen during sessions that can be detrimental to both a trainerís and clientís success.

Below is a list of things that could be driving your personal trainer crazy ó and that might also be hindering your fitness goals:


No one likes a complainer. Complaining doesnít make sense to a personal trainer because youíve paid them to push you. Why would you want to complain and delay your progress?

Complaining takes up valuable time that a trainer can use for explaining proper form or describing your workout. Why waste valuable time complaining, when you could benefit from all your trainer has to offer?

Not following a training plan

Personal trainers create a fitness plan that they believe will help you reach your goals. It may seem random, but they have a method to their madness. We donít expect you to do more or less than your plan calls for but if you donít follow your plan, you canít expect the full results. Basically, if you believed in a trainer enough to purchase their services then believe in them enough to follow their advice!

Making excuses

All of us say it: ďI donít have time.Ē Thatís not true. We all have the same 24 hours in the day. What most people mean is that itís not a priority.

If your fitness is truly important to you, then you must put it first. Start being honest with yourself. Quit making it about time, and make it happen. Get out there and get started.

Asking for six-pack exercises

Iím sure all trainers have said: ďAbs are truly made in the kitchen.Ē Abs show up because you are lean. When you eat clean or follow your macros, leanness can occur and abs may begin to appear.

Visible abs does not connote athleticism. Many extreme and pro athletes are at the height of fitness and there are no visible abs.

Six-pack abs do not appear because of how many sit-ups you perform. They come from eating right and a proper training routine. Start in the kitchen and reap the results.

You donít like a certain exercise

Clientsí opinions do count ó especially if an exercise makes them feel uncomfortable in any way.

However, when designing a programme for a client, trainers try and give the best exercises for that clientís physique.

We are not trying to give you warm and fuzzy exercises, we are trying to get you in shape. It will be over before you know it.

Trust your trainer and B-Active For Life.

ēBetty Doyling is a certified fitness trainer and figure competitor with more than a decade of experience. Check her out on

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Published Aug 1, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated Jul 31, 2018 at 10:18 pm)

Stick to the plan, don’t complain and get fit

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