How to spot a fraud

Over the last decade fitness has become a huge industry. Actually, it probably started earlier than that, but the last decade has been particularly bad.

The PT-business is booming at an insane level and the amount of incompetent trainers is just impressive. So in this post I give you four quick ways to avoid the frauds.

1. Use your eyes!

Use your eyes – it’s that simple. If your trainer doesn’t look like he/she trains – they probably don’t. If they don’t train, they don’t believe in the goods they’re selling you. That’s like a gourmet chef eating at a McDonald’s. Now I’m not saying the bigger the better or anything like that, but personally I wouldn’t use an accountant who was bankrupt. Would you?

Same goes for his/her eating – if they eat shit all the time – how are they gonna motivate you to clean up your eating?


2. Resume:

What have they accomplished themselves? Have they actually reached a high level of fitness themselves? Or trained others to a high level of fitness? Look for hard numbers, not just the standard clichéd promises.

While you don’t need to be a legit 600-lbs squatter to teach people how to squat, I’d be very sceptical if your PT doesn’t squat at least 300+ lbs (unless he’s 60 years old or a woman).

The time dedicated spent under the bar will teach a PT valuable lessons, that you can’t learn from a book.

Along the same line – if you’re looking for someone to help you lose weight – look for someone who’s got some REAL experience in the field.

3. Social media

If a given trainer posts tons of pictures and videos of the people he trains on the social medias – he’s NOT TRAINING THEM!!! He’s a photographer busy building his brand when he’s with clients. A good personal trainer may post a picture here or there, but 99% of the time – when he’s training people all of his attention goes to that. That means no texting, no talking to buddies at the gym, no nothing. 100% complete focus on YOU! If that’s not the case – he’s a fraud!

4. Cookie cutter templates

If your trainer uses the same program on all his clients – it’s not because it’s the best program in the world. It’s because he’s LAZY. While we’re not completely different, training should always be aimed at the individual needs of the trainee. I know this one’s gonna ruffle some feather, but I don’t think everyone needs to squat for example.

A personal trainer should PERSONALIZE the training. That’s what you’re paying for!


If you’re a PT and you’ve got a bad taste in your mouth right now – get to work. Live what you preach. Focus on the people who pay you.

If you’re shopping for a PT – be critical. A lot of PTs are experts at throwing out claims and promises left and right – look below the surface.

Have a great day! <3

2 thoughts on “How to spot a fraud

  1. Great post,
    But i got interested in something I would like you to explain. This quote: “i dont think everyone needs to squat for an example.” Can you give an example ?

    • Hey Peter.

      Not sure I can think of a situation actually. Not that it matters. The idea is that a trainer should always pick an exercise because it’s the safest, most efficient and most effective for a specific purpose – not because “everybody at my gym squats”.

      Does that make sense?

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