Burpees, sit-ups, cardio or planks — we all have our pet peeves when it comes to working out. Personal trainers have their own pet peeves, too, but it’s not the moves that get to them. It goes without saying that all these personal trainers love their jobs and their clients. However, there are a couple of questions and misconceptions that drive them a little nuts. Are you guilty of any of them? Read on to see if you secretly drive your trainer a little nuts.

Holly Meadows, B.Inspire-er at B.You Fitness

Pet peeve:

“When people are not educated on the fact that losing weight is 80 percent diet and 20percent exercise. Most people cannot lose weight by working out and then eating fast food. Also, when people don’t let their bodies rest. If they try to do two classes a day or don’t take a day off, the muscles don’t have time to repair themselves. This can lead to injury.”

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Rashna Carmicle, B.Creator at B.You Fitness

Chris Tedesco, owner of BodyQuest Personal Training

Pet peeve:

“My biggest pet peeve is the scale conversation. From an early age, we are conditioned to give the number on the scale the most value but it is the least important indicator of health. It is my job to educate my clients on why body composition is more important: It takes into account your muscle mass rather than just weight.”

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Chris Tedesco, owner of BodyQuest Personal Training

Camille Moseley, trainer at Fit Lou Bootcamp

Pet peeve:

“Determining a good workout based on number of steps taken within a training session. I work with a lot of women and they are all about their Fitbits, Apple Watches and whatever tracking device they have attached to their wrist. Don’t get me wrong; I love my watch as much as the next person but it does not determine the success of my workouts or my lean muscle mass. Most clients want to go all out when it comes to cardio. The truth is the most effective cardio for retaining muscle (aka “leaning out”) is the kind you don’t need to recover from, such as walking. Bottom line: When it comes to cardio for fat loss, it’s either slow and easy (walking) or fast and intense (you won’t be able to talk), also known as a HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workout. Anything in between (going out for a 10-mile run) can make you bigger, not leaner. So, let go of your steps during a workout. Focus on the movements and the intensity. When you are at work and have sat for a long period of time, then get up, walk and track your steps. There is a place and time for steps, and the gym isn’t it.”

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Camille Moseley of Fit Lou Bootcamp Image: Anna May Photography

Karen Mumme, owner of Pure Barre Louisville

Pet peeve:

“The biggest pet peeve is (the belief) that you have to be in shape to do Pure Barre. The exact opposite is true for our workout due to the amount of modifications we give during the class and the detail to instruction and assistance we provide. Our adage of ‘If you can hold onto a barre, you can do Pure Barre,’ best captures the Pure Barre reality.”

Alissa Hicks, instructor at Pure Barre Louisville

Pet peeve:

“The people who bring their cell phones into class, just because it’s a distraction. This is your hour of the day; you have to take advantage of it. I understand moms that have to check kid updates but it does definitely get on my nerves. When people talk consistently through class, too. There isn’t a ‘no talking’ rule but when someone is more into gossiping with their neighbor than working out, that’s kind of a pet peeve of ours.”

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Some of the ladies of Pure Barre Louisville demonstrate proper form on the barre.

Jill Wood, owner, Red Ride Fitness

Pet peeves:

“My first pet peeve would be when people don’t fuel properly for early morning high-intensity workouts. If you’re going to do an intensive workout in the morning, it doesn’t mean you have to eat a huge meal for breakfast. But first thing in the morning, it is good to fuel yourself — even if it’s just a banana and a spoonful of peanut butter. If not, you can get nauseous and you won’t get the most out of your workout.

“My second pet peeve would be clients coming in with unrealistic expectations in terms of time frame required to achieve goals. Setting realistic expectations that they can achieve versus ‘I have to lose 10 pounds in two weeks.” You often have to work out at a more consistent level and eat cleaner in order to achieve your goals — and it can take a while. Also, people who don’t think they have to switch up their workouts. If you do the same thing every day, your body will adapt and you’re not going to see the results you want. Consistently switching it up is really important for achieving your goals.”

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Jill Wood, owner of Red Ride Fitness | Image: Adele Reding Photography

Amanda Hiner, owner of The Barre Code Louisville

“At The Barre Code, we strive to empower women to find the strongest version of themselves and, in doing so, we are helping women to redefine some of the stereotypes that society has associated with women’s health and beauty Some examples would be: Strong is beautiful! We help you reach it on the inside and it will be reflective on the outside. Only focus on positivity and finding new strength! Clear your mind of anything you are holding onto that doesn’t help you reach your goals. People often get in their own way of success. Don’t be afraid to try something new and be vulnerable to allow change to happen. And don’t set limits for yourself. When you step outside your comfort zone, great things are possible.”

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Amanda Hiner, owner of The Barre Code Louisville

Lauren Eirk, owner of Yoga Integrated Science

Pet peeve:

“When people expect immediate results after the years they have invested in whatever state of health they are currently in. Also, when they do not have the patience to stay with it.”

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