I’ve come to recognize plenty of telltale signs that a personal trainer isn’t giving a client their best effort. If your trainer does not employ a wide-variety of routines, this is a sign that she doesn’t know what she’s doing.
Personal trainers can fall into many lazy habits and you can tell a lot about a trainer by the lack of variety they use in their workouts. If your trainer has you do the same workouts over and over again, it’s time to find another trainer. Whether they are lazy or uniformed, there’s no excuse for personal trainers who don’t vary training sessions.
The only thing that should be “routine” about your exercise routines is that they occur at the same time on the same days (and even that should change!). If your trainer is giving you your money’s worth they should never have you do the same workout routine; a good personal trainer knows that there is the possibility for infinite variety in workout design.
Regardless of what the goal is for a given workout, there’s no reason that a trainer should always use the same exercises, in the same order, using the same weights, repetitions and amount of sets. Even the warm-up periods should vary as dynamic flexibility exercises, calisthenics, jumping rope and other similar exercises can be combined to offer unlimited variety.
If your personal training sessions seem to be all be the same – doing the same exercises in the same order, or worse, the same machines in the same order – you aren’t getting what you paid for. If your personal trainer isn’t providing you with an always changing, always evolving training experience, you should look for a new trainer.
Exercise is less effective when your workouts never change. The body is great at adapting, and doing the same workouts all the time is one of the main reasons people experience training plateaus. You can spend a lot of time in the gym and get minimal results when your training routine becomes routine.
Your personal trainer doesn’t know what they’re doing if they don’t constantly change your workouts.