I have seen it again and again; clients that have been training with a personal trainer for several years and for one reason or another decide to move on. We have them go through our intensive assessment process and we find so many problems and sometimes more problems that what they actually started with. We start training them and only then do they realize what they been doing is not real training and even worse have been causing them some of the problems that they have.
But there is a even deeper problem. The education that these trainers have been getting has been of very poor quality or watered down. Most personal training certifications are not worth the paper the are written on and if they are then they are just a starting point not the end of your education. But this is what a lot of trainers think, once the get certified then thats it, they know everything that they need to know. This does not even scratch the surface. Most personal training can even teach the squat correctly let alone the progression.
So what is my point to all this?
First, if you are looking for a trainer check them out first. Find out what seminars and courses they have attended in the past year and during their entire career. Not this is a guarantee as there is a lot of crap courses and seminars out there but it’s a good start.
Second, if you are a personal trainer, get educated. Don’t take this personal and get all defensive. No one knows it all, you can never stop educating yourself. Read books, attend seminars, find a mentor, what ever it takes. I have never stopped trying to educate myself and I am currently reading on average 3 books per week, studying two courses related to the medical field and continue to do my own study and research.