Signs That You’ve Hired the Wrong Personal Trainer

The world of fitness is a vast rabbit-hole that includes plenty of programs and information for a whole range of people. However, one issue with the world of fitness training services is that it is jam-packed with false claims and misinformation. Many self-proclaimed workout trainers and internet influencers claim to offer the best one-on-one fitness programs that end up disappointing their clients. 

People don’t realize that health and well-being do not have a one-size-fits-all plan to get everyone fit and strong. People have different backgrounds and athletic abilities, which means that tailor-fitting a custom fitness program must ensure each individual receives the results they want. Fitness training services can be challenging to seek out, but here are the signs that you didn’t hire the right physical trainer for your needs and wants:

They Do Salestalk on Supplements Off the Bat

Many people who go through the archives of fitness influencers and other articles online might see various names of supplements that claim to do wonders for weight loss or strength. If your personal trainer suggests you go all out on multiple supplements because they’ll “help” your fitness journey, this is a sign you didn’t sign up for a good program. Those who are new to exercising and working out will not need these supplements right away, as these can often do more harm than good in most cases. These powders and pills were designed for those who have increased experience and energy levels when it comes to athletics, which is unrelated if you’re trying to lose weight. 

They Shame Your Body to Try and Motivate

All clients go through one-on-one fitness programs to get better results and improve their health. They don’t want to be criticized as a form of “tough love” because that doesn’t do good for somebody trying their best. If you’re working hard to lose weight and your trainer keeps calling you nasty names, drop the sessions immediately. You want someone supportive and someone who will push you to complete workouts with positive energy and always reminding you of your goals. A good personal trainer will always look you in the eyes and remind you why you started, and offer words of encouragement rather than belittle your appearance. 

They Don’t Switch Up the Workouts

After some time, you might feel like your workouts are getting easier and more comfortable to do. The whole point of fitness is to push limits and boundaries to the point where you feel discomfort because this is where improvements begin. Remember that a custom fitness program needs to evolve alongside your abilities, which means reaching a plateau is a bad sign. Your personal trainer needs to develop your workouts to ensure you get results, and not doing so means that they are lazy and not worth your money. 

Only One Training Style Is Part of the Program

Losing weight, gaining muscle, and increasing strength all come with having more than one kind of training. An example of this is when someone wants to build up strength to jump higher. These clients don’t only need to work on building leg muscles, but they also need plyometrics and other flexibility exercises to ensure that their jump heights increase. Trainers that tailor their one-on-one fitness programs to only one exercise method aren’t good for long-term growth and improvements because the body requires cross-training. 


Fitness is not a one-size-fits-all journey, and trainers who make you believe that are likely not good at their jobs. Each person has unique body qualities and experience levels, which means having a custom fitness program is necessary to develop athleticism. Don’t let a sub-par personal trainer ruin your fitness goals and seek only the best in the industry. 

If you are looking for a custom fitness program in Wellesley, The Fit Factor PT is just the studio for you. Our results-driven programs assist various personalities in meeting their fitness goals using extremely detailed workouts and wellbeing plans. Contact us today to learn more about how to change your health for the better. 

Chad has been my personal trainer for over 10 years.  He is very dedicated and resourceful as a trainer.  I would highly recommend Chad.  He has kept my body healthy through all these years and in my 50s. Chad is also very accommodating to working with your schedule. Wouldn't go anywhere else.

Joan C

I love working out with Chad! I have been working out with him for the past year and a half and have had the best results compared with other trainers. Chad’s dedication to his clients, humor, warmth and expertise are a winning combination. I look forward to our sessions and always leave feeling stronger, more flexible and energetic. I highly recommend Chad.

Brittany chick

I have been working with Chad (the trainer) for almost three years now and have gone through an amazing transformation! He bonds greatly with his clients and is a very qualified trainer. He tailors workouts to individual clients and has helped me perform better as an equestrian and achieve my physique goals. If you are looking for a great one-on-one trainer, I would highly recommend.

Yvonne C.

When I started going to the fit factor I went in thinking I had a pretty good knowledge of weight lifting and exercise without having much to improve. I was so wrong! Chad was incredible and really took the time to explain and show proper technique as well as a variety of different exercises that I had never done before. I now have much more confidence in my form and have a really great and well rounded routine. Additionally, Chad catered to my personal goals and really listened to what I wanted to accomplish. I cannot recommend The fit factor and Chad enough!

Giuseppe Leonelli

I have been weight lifting for over five years but have never had dedicated instruction from a trainer. Chad was able to notice where my form was failing and correct it immediately. He also guided me towards effective exercises so that I could keep achieving my goals and moving up. After a couple of months of working with him I was able to see some great results. Chad knows his stuff!

Jonas Escobedo

Chad has been great with not only the types of specialized workouts each session but also with checking in after the sessions. He has a real passion for seeing people make big health changes; which makes it fun. Would highly recommend!

William Gotschewski

I went to Chad looking to get back in shape and lose weight, which had crept up from working long hours. Chad was super patient and non-judgmental. We started at a level where I would see results but not get so sore or so disappointed at what I could not do it. He focused on what I could do if I pushed myself hard and taught me that step/skill building was an integral part of the process. We also talked about nutrition and self-care. As other reviews have mentioned, he cares about his clients beyond the appointment time, and wants them to make positive change to their lives that will stick. I lost 30+ pounds and I am in the best shape of my life. I have been able to maintain this for 2 years. He taught me how to create a sustainable workout plan. Even during the pandemic I was able to maintain my weight and my fitness level thanks for his frequent check-ins and the solid fitness base we created through his work and fitness mentorship. I highly recommend him!

Tere Ramos

I started with Chad in August 2020, my first semester of college was cancelled and i needed something active to do. At that point I was a small underweight kid looking to gain muscle and gain weight. I went to Chad 3 times a week until late January 2021. Those 5 months were great, I really enjoyed going to chad and it was the highlight of my week and something I would look forward to going to 3 times every week. Throughout this time Chad has perfected my form on workouts and had a great and unique workout for me everytime. I went in weighing 125 pounds at 5’10 and now I weigh 150 pounds after the five months. Not only did Chad give workouts but he also gave me a diet for me to follow so I could maximize my time with him. He really personalizes workouts for each person. Currently i’m in the best shape of my life and am super confident in my body. GO TO FIT-FACTOR!!

Declan Gulley