I’ve been observing PTs at gyms in Islington and in Stoke Newington for the past 10 years and it never fails to amaze me how bad so many of them are – they seem to have no clue how to work with clients and I even sometimes see them putting their clients at risk. When they appear even more bored than their clients, looking around, checking their phones, yawning, I think it's no wonder I get people coming to me with injuries picked up in the gym doing things their PT asked them to do. The worst are the ones who swagger a lot, think they're fantastic but know sweet FA (nearly always men). I suppose this is what happens when you can become a PT in just a few weeks having done an online course (at least one company offers a fast-track 2-week level-3 certificate – do you really want to be taught what to do by someone who's done 2 weeks of training?). Mind you, you can do online massage courses now – god forbid I ever get a massage from one of those graduates.
All this is rather a shame because a good PT is hugely motivating and can help you achieve your goals safely and enjoyably. I sometimes use a PT at the Clissold Centre in Stoke Newington and he’s great because he pushes me way beyond what I do ordinarily in the gym and I finish a session completely exhausted but exhilarated – and no part of me has been put in any danger of injury. I sometimes swap a massage treatment for a PT session with this guy. I tell him it’s unfair because when I give him a massage, I do all the work, but when he gives me a PT session, again it's me who does all the work. He just stands there telling me what to do. Guess I chose the wrong profession.