Last week I visited Melbourne, Victoria, whilst currently being at the Gold Coast, Queensland, before heading home to Sydney, NSW, Australia. The one thing I have noticed, except for the fact Australia is such a beautiful country, is that no matter where, or, in which State, the majority of people working out on their own have absolutely no idea what they are doing.

Firstly, I went to a gym in Melbourne, and being the typical personal trainer, whilst in the rest periods of my workout, checked out how other people are training. It was not a pretty sight. The technique of those training was terrible.

The truth is that I had the luxury of working out during the middle of the day, so the gym was very quiet. There were only three other people working out at the same time as me.

Trainer one was working out with the smallest range of motion I have ever seen in my life. During his ‘abdominal workout’ his sit-ups looked simplistic, as though he was sitting there freezing to death. It was as if his sit-ups were him shivering from the cold. I am not trying to be funny or cracking a joke, it’s the truth. I have never seen anything like it. He then went to do ‘tricep extensions’ and these were not much better.

Trainer two had better technique, well at least compared to trainer one, however, he performed an exercise and then sat there reading a book for about five minutes before doing another set.

Trainer three was doing … God knows what. I can’t even explain it, very weird.

Needless to say, none of these trainers had a good body.

And the exact same thing in Queensland!

Now I am not writing this to take the mickey out of these guys, I have the greatest respect for them purely because they are there and giving it a go.

BUT, if you don’t know what you are doing … seek expert advice. Pay for a personal trainer or a dietician, if your eating is letting you down. Outsource.

We outsource all the time. When setting up my online business I had absolutely no idea how to set up a website, so I paid a professional to help me.

If your car breaks down, what do you do? The majority would have said, “Take it to the mechanic.” Then WHY, when it comes to health are we reluctant to pay a professional?

Our health and our body are the greatest gifts that we have been given, so treat them with respect. If you don’t know what you are doing, seek advice. Read ‘weight loss books’ by weight loss experts, watch workout DVD’s by exercise professionals and visit a dietician or nutritionist.

Do not keep training with poor technique, you will not only decrease your chances of achieving any results, you will increase the likelihood of injury.

If you can’t tell, I am very passionate about this subject. Reason being, when I began training as a teenager, I was one of those who didn’t seek the advice of a professional. I instead went to gym, trained on my own and you guessed it, I didn’t achieve any noteworthy results and I injured myself leading to a few months off training, with injuries that were extremely hard to shrug, even years after.

I could have easily avoided these frustrating set-backs by simply seeking advice.

So please seek the advice of a professional.


Phil Hartshorn

Author of weight loss books ‘The Tips Personal Trainers Don’t Tell You’