6 Reasons Personal Training Is Not For You

There’s no doubt about it. The accountability of working with a personal trainer is scientifically proven to give you better results.

It’s also a fantastic investment in your body.

But let’s be honest. It’s not easy.

This article will break down the key points to recognise when maybe personal training isn’t for you.

If you find yourself nodding along, then I would suggest personal training is maybe not the perfect fit for you right now.

1.You find it hard to accept (constructive) criticism.

There’s no doubt about it. A top coach will give it to you straight. That’s the reason you’re paying them. And sometimes the truth hurts. In an ideal world we always want people to slap us on the back and congratulate us on how well we’re doing. But that doesn’t lead to improvement and likely won’t lead to the result you want. So if you struggle with constructive criticism, maybe it’s not right for you.

2. You don’t want to be pushed hard.

Often, to get results beyond what we would normally achieve, we’re going to have to push our bodies, and our minds beyond our place of comfort. If you’ve never done this before, It can feel incredibly difficult. And some people find it unappealing. But that’s okay. It’s not for everyone. If you decide to go ahead with personal training, now you at least know what to expect.

3. You want to train for 20 minutes or less.

Short workouts can be great. But it’s unlikely you will find a personal trainer holding 20 minute sessions. It’s very difficult for them to charge enough for 20 minutes to support a living. Also, most people are just not fit enough to workout hard enough in 20 minutes to really get a benefit. If short workouts of 20 minutes are all you have time for, it may be best to go it alone.

4. You don’t want to eat real food.

Unfortunately, the only people that benefit from replacing food with shakes or meal replacements, are the supplement companies that sell them. Liquid food passes through your system too quickly to provide the sustained energy you would need to train hard. The food may be enough to keep you alive, but it won’t allow you to thrive in your personal training sessions.

5. You don’t like being told what to do.

When you pay for the expertise of a qualified personal trainer, expect to be told what to do. This doesn’t mean all trainers use a military style, but more often than not, your trainer will ask you to do something and (without too much complaint) will expect you to comply. If you pay for the services of an expert, it’s always best to try and do what they say.

6. You expect miracle results in a short time frame.

Most personal training clients that are successful, are the ones who follow the plan for the longest. If you’re looking to lose 20kg that has taken you the last 10 years to gain, it’s highly unrealistic to expect to lose that weight in 12 weeks. Setting yourself unrealistic goals is the quickest way to become de-motivated. Although some trainers are excellent at what they do, there is a limit to the amount of weight you can safely drop in order to keep it off long term. Find a fantastic coach, follow their advice and give it time.


If you find yourself agreeing with all of these traits, then maybe personal training isn’t for you.

  • You find it hard to accept (constructive) criticism.
  • You don’t want to be pushed hard.
  • You want to train for 20 minutes or less.
  • You don’t want to eat real food.
  • You don’t like being told what to do.
  • You expect miracle results in a short time.

Whatever you decide to do to reach your health and fitness goals, stay dedicated, stay strong and give it time.

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