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The Excusinator–A Personal Trainer’s Comical–Yet Worst Nightmare

Whether you were a client giving the excuse or the trainer listening to it, these exercise excuses will be sure to put a smile on your face.

I know that every personal trainer has had an experience with a client who has nothing but excuse after excuse for why they aren’t sticking to their program.  I have been a trainer for over 8 years, and compiled a number of excuses– some funny– and some typical– that I have heard either from my clients or other trainers.  The dog ate my workout schedule

1.)  The dog ate my schedule:  This could happen, but when the client has been coming to you for months on the same days at the same times—–it doesn’t fly anymore!!

2.)  I am just not losing the weight:  I have heard this many times.  Upon questioning you find out all the slip ups on eating along the way.  Stop all the unnecessary snacking throughout the day when you aren’t hungry and portion control at mealtime!!!

3.)  I am too tired to exercise:  Now I can understand a night of tossing and turning and only getting 5 hours of sleep, but if you got 7 hours or more and are still tired——-drink a cup of coffee and get your butt to the trainer.  12 ounce curls

4.)  I threw up this morning:  This one is a good one—-especially when they slip up at their next session and tell you how much fun they had with their friends at the bar the night before they cancelled their session.  Gottcha—–all the empty calories—-skipping their workout—-then they wonder why they don’t lose weight!!!

5.)  I can’t find the time to workout on my own:  I don’t believe that one!!! I can get a good 5-10 minute workout in each day.  If you have time to watch “The Biggest Loser” and “American Idol”, play on the computer, or go out to eat——-you can find time for a quick workout.  Wake up 10 minutes earlier or get a quick workout before dinner.  No excuses!!!!

6.)  It is painful to move due to arthritis:  I am not talking excruciating Rheumatoid Arthritis here—-just regular aches and pains.  I suffer from arthritis—-if you don’t move a joint it is much more painful!!!  Movement is necessary to help cope with arthritis.  If there is inflammation after a workout—-ice the affected joint and take an anti-inflammatory.

7.)   I injured my pinky finger:  This is a good one!!! So I ask—”Did you break it?” Answer is no.  Need I say more.  Get your butt to the trainer.

8.)  My car broke down:  Okay—–your car broke down but you made it to the hairstylist to get your hair done??? HMMMMMM!!!!

9.)  I am sick:  Then 3 hours later you run into them at the mall——SHOPPING!!!! Nice!!

10.)  My menstrual cramps are horrible:  I can understand this, but how many times a month do you have a period??  You could use this on a man and get away with it—but not me honey—I know how the cycle runs.

11.)  I pulled a muscle:  Then a few hours later you go to the park for a run and see your client running with their significant other.  How’s the pulled muscle???  As they turn red.  Oops—they forgot I go running at this park.

What excuses for not exercising have you heard lately? 


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