Some warning flags...I started noticing that he would consistently call in sick on Friday's and Monday's and the reasons were outrageous from bugs from clients to bad food at Whataburger. Then he would consistently show up 10 minutes late so I changed the time to 7:30 am for him which meant I had to make up time at work. Even changing the time, he still would show up 6 to 8 minutes late (I was his first client of the day) and he would have coffee from some place and it was always their fault on why he was late. Six to eight minutes lates might not seem like much but when you only have 30 minutes to work out - it is significant. I never knew what he was going to work on so the days he cancelled, I would work out but not sure of how hard to workout because I didn't know his plan. He had no structure and there were times when we went 10 days without working legs.
He then suggested that I take Lasix, because I was holding water in my legs. I had serious issues with this because this is a prescribed medication, can lower blood pressure and it was considered a banned substance at the competition for which I had to tell him.
My trainer was causing me stress so I decided to finish my contest prep on my own. This allowed me the flexibility of creating my own schedule and work around any schedule conflicts that I had ahead of time. Taking on the duty of creating your own training may not be for everyone but make sure that when you seek a personal trainer, they have knowledge of current figure competition rules and that their program includes diet strategies. You will see 90% of your changes from your diet. I am currently seeking my coaching certification in figure and physique competitions so that I can help newbies wanting to enter a competition.
Next we will talk about THE DIET.