With training in the gym or in sports or any other areas with physical activity, the approach one can take to achieve a goal is one of many. With all the various training techniques and styles for all aspects of training, it’s important that you make sure the trainer in which you are working with, trains currently for or has trained for the same goal as you desire.
The Starting Point
A trainer will always start off in the same regardless of the physical training preference they have found to work best for them. Verbal explanations of exercises and the reasons behind the exercises will vary greatly from one another.
For example, if you are learning from a powerlifter on how to perform a squat, you might simply be told: “lower yourself down with the bar as far as you can and explode upwards using all the energy and effort you have”. This will work with the squat as this is the basic mechanics of the squat being performed.
However, if we now look at how someone who uses Time Under Tension (TUT) as the more scientific approach for muscle growth, you might be told this for performing squats: “lower yourself down slowly on a tempo of about 3-4 seconds on the negative, pause for about 1-2 seconds at the bottom to eliminate all inertia, explode upwards for about 1-2 seconds, pause at the top again for another 1-2 seconds and repeat”. In the end, both explanations detail how to perform a squat, what makes them so different is the technique involved by the trainers to perform the squat.
What makes this so complicated is that when you encounter these different kinds of trainers, each one will explain to you 3 key things about training: 1) what kind of training they do themselves (this will be the techniques they will apply to you to use). 2) why the techniques they use and apply to your training is superior to all others, 3) why all of the other techniques, which may work, are not as great at improving results as compared to the technique they are applying to you in training. This is a common practice and every trainer, no matter how they view this statement, applies to their training programs for clients.
If you want to find a trainer to reach a specific goal, its best to learn from a trainer who has reached your goal or is already at your goal in mind. If you have a goal to compete on stage for a physique competition and you want to get super lean down to about 5% body fat, it’s going to be within your best interests if hiring a trainer to find someone who has 1) competed in a competition before, 2) has been conditioned to 5% body fat or so before in the past, and 3) understands how to work with you in a time frame to reach the goal with training and new approaches.
If you hire someone who has never been conditioned to that low of a body fat, who for example has only been to about 12% body fat at the lowest point, has never stepped on stage for a competition in bodybuilding, and hasn’t had to stick to a program under a short time frame before, your end results are most likely going to be extremely lacking.
Patience Is Key
Now although the trainer you could end up with may not be able to get you to your goal or close to it as you desired, it doesn’t mean the trainer’s programs and methods are a failure, it just means that the trainer’s approach and knowledge were not tailored to your end goal.
You wouldn’t try to take soccer lessons from someone who has only played tennis before as a sport and never played soccer competitively in their life. But it doesn’t mean the knowledge they do know in their area, tennis, is wrong. It’s just not the right knowledge for your goal. It’s crucial that when hiring a trainer you go beyond just the basic book knowledge of passing a test to obtain a certificate.
What you need to look at is the experience in which the trainer has had in the area you need help in. Taking training advice to compete in a physique show from someone who has been to that conditioning state before is going to be just as important as if you wanted to enter powerlifting and you hired an ex-powerlifter as a coach. Make sure the trainer you work with uses techniques that tailor to your goal because they have reached your goal at one point as well.