I am so sick of seeing PT’s in my gym prescribing exercises that are way to advanced for their clients. It frustrates me to no end how these people complete a short course and have a piece of paper that they now believe makes them an expert on all aspects of fitness training. All of a sudden with their piece of paper in hand they are a gym instructor, PT for everyone and a strength conditioning coach. If I see one more PT give a middle age over weight person a walking lunge with an upper body twist whilst holding a 10kg plate I think I will punch them.
I see so many PT’s that believe that can teach a dead lift and olympic lifts to the average Jo Blow that does not need to do this exercise for any reason. I just don’t get it. This industry is now so unregulated and the only people making money are the companies handing out these certificates. My point is there a plenty of good PT’s out there they just need to recognise their limitations. Its not a one size fits all.
I have seen many good PT’s in my gym prescribe very safe practical exercises to the general person but for some reason some of them want to get very fancy and prescribe the most complex exercises that they can dream up. If you are just getting back into any kind of running or just want to add some strength training to your current training program, then find a suitably qualified person that knows something about running and the exercises that will help you.
If you have been given a strength program by your PT and you also have a running coach ask your coach to have a look at it for you. They will more than likely know if it is suitable to your current ability and or training level.
There are many good PT’s around that understand progressive overload with good exercise programming however if you don’t know a lot about strength training yourself how do you know if you have been given the right exercises or not. Ask around and don’t be afraid to ask the PT what knowledge they have of running and exercises for runners. A good coach or PT will be honest with you and refer you on if they don’t know.