Break ups are hard and sometimes we hang on longer than we should. It’s time to get your affairs in order because this isn’t just your love life at stake, it’s your fitness, your results, your GAINS. If things just don’t seem to be working out, it could be time to man up and admit that your current personal trainer isn’t “The One” for you.

Is it time to give your Personal Trainer the flick?

Here’s 5 reasons you might need to say goodbye to your current PT:

Lose Fat, Not Muscle: Keep Lifting HeavyYOU’RE NOT SEEING RESULTS

If you’ve hit a plateau and no longer progressing, and you’re actually giving it a red hot go, then your trainer simply isn’t doing his/her job. Your trainer should be stepping it up and rethinking your workout so that you are challenging your body in new ways. If you’re just ploughing through the same exercises and reps week after week, it’s not worth the dollars.

Lose Fat, Not Muscle: Eat ProteinZERO PROFESSIONALISM

It’s easy to form a close relationship with your trainer but even if you’re ‘friends’ it should always remain professional. Sarcastic jokes at your expense? Rocking up late or cancelling sessions last minute? A little too hands-on, if you know what we mean? Time to cut ties.

Lose Fat, Not Muscle: Aim For Gradual Weight LossCOOKIE-CUTTER APPROACH

Your workout should be customised for your body type, condition and goals. They’re called personal trainers for a reason. If your trainer relies on a standard training program across the board, he’s a one trick pony that doesn’t have your best interests in mind. Your program should change continuously based on your progress, shifting goals, injuries and need for ongoing stimulation to keep you excited and motivated.

Lose Fat, Not Muscle: Don't Excessively Cut CaloriesYOUR ENTHUSIASM IS GONE

Part of your trainer’s job is to keep you motivated. Yes, a good chunk of it is up to you, but your trainer should be mixing it up to keep you excited, helping you set new and more challenging goals, providing positive reinforcement and keeping you on track. If you don’t feel that he’s truly invested in your fitness success, it’s time to find a trainer who is.

Lose Fat, Not Muscle: Don't Overdo CardioYOU’VE GOT IT COVERED

There may come a time when you’re ready to spread your muscled wings and leave the nest. If you’ve acquired the knowledge, skills, motivation and confidence to train by yourself and whip your own ass into gear, then congratulations!

In the end, if you find yourself questioning whether your trainer is right for you, then chances are there could be a PT out there better equipped to help you smash your goals. It’s not a rare occupation – walk into any gym, beach or bar and you’ll be hard-pressed not to run into several muscled-up personal trainers, all ready to hand your their business card. Don’t be afraid to shop around!