Personal Trainer

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    Jun 07, 2007 12:26 PM GMT
    I want to start a fitness/exercise program but really have no idea where to start. I'm 5'7", 140 pounds with 30' waist. I have no chest (32"). I was thinking about a personal trainer to help me set realistic goals and to help keep me motivated. My body has always been a source of shame for me and I don't want to be ashamed anymore...What advice can you guys give me? Thanks in advance for any help?
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    Jun 07, 2007 1:27 PM GMT
    Having a personal trainer is the only reason I was able to put on more than 25 pounds of muscle in the past few years. I work out with a trainer every time because I can afford it, and personal trainers aren't that expensive in rural Iowa. But, anyone would benefit greatly from seeing a trainer, even if only for a few times in the beginning, just to get a workout routine, dietary advice, and instruction in proper form.
  • Rowing_Ant

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    Jun 07, 2007 5:38 PM GMT
    Im a personal trainer!

    Drop me an emial some time dude, Im sure we can discuss stuff nad look at goals, fitness plans, diet etc
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    Jun 08, 2007 2:56 PM GMT

    Your idea of hiring a trainer is a good one. But WHO you hire is critical. There are all kinds of trainers out there. Some more attuned to your needs than others.

    I suggest you go to the sites for 3 respected certifying bodies, NSCA, ISSA, ACE, and search for trainers in your area.

    Pick at least 3 to interview. There should be no charge for the interview. Ask them if they have clients your age, and ask for references (and check them).

    Ask about their intake process. If they do not collect a good health & medical history, keep looking.

    Also, ask about their approach to nutrition. Good training without nutritional guidance is not going to be very productive.

    Good luck! I hope you find a good one.

  • Laurence

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    Jun 08, 2007 4:03 PM GMT
    Hi Kurtis

    Hiring a personal trainer is a great idea, especially as books and websites aren't really tailored for a specific person (they have to be general). So getting a professional's advice on your particular needs is great.

    Not eveyone can afford to have one to work out with them long-term though. You should really be able to work up the enthusiasm to work-out on your own and if not, find a buddy and you then encourage each other.

    Good luck with your plan, keep us informed how you go on.

  • jc_online

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    Jun 08, 2007 7:55 PM GMT
    The best thing I ever did for my personal fitness was to hire a trainer. I bought 5 sessions, once a week, for just over a month. I also did my own reading before I went so I could understand what he was telling me and to learn about proper form and such. I met with him every Friday and found that I worked harder during the week so he could see my progress as well as I could. It helped that he was hot. ;o)

    After a couple years working on my own now, I am about to hire another trainer for the same length of time. I feel I have reached a plateau and need the next level of information, motivation, and another hot trainer to push me!

    Do it!
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    Jun 09, 2007 1:08 PM GMT
    Agree with BigJoey.

    The level of skills in a personal trainer varies so greatly that you are better of sticking with the trainers certified by the organization he provided.

    One of the most important thing you cannot get from online sources or even just watching somone doing any exercise is someone to watch and correct your form as you actually do the exercises. To move a piece of weight from one point to another can be performed in countless manners... You can cultivate bad movement patterns and end up with bad habbits, which is not only possibly not effective, but will eventually get yourself injured. Depending how coordinated you are, watching is not quite enough...
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    Jun 09, 2007 1:14 PM GMT
    I just wanted to add an example to what I was saying above.

    Here in NYC, the trainers at the local chain New York Sports Clubs DO NOT have to certified by any respectful oragnizations. They are certified by New York Sports Club themselves! Let me tell you, I used to go to that gym and what I saw of their trainers was horrific... Iam suprised they dont have a lot of law suits from injuries... Not all the trainers are the same. Get to know their certifications...
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    Jun 21, 2007 8:25 PM GMT
    I would love a personal trainer but simply can't afford it right now. I do take classes at the gym which are free. I do have some great DVD that I do workouts with. I'm one of the poor fit guys out there. My equipment is from Goodwill and yard sales except for my $9.00 Swiss Ball. I do the stairs at work and average 60 floors a day going up, take the elevator down to spare the knees.

    I'd love to afford a trainer and some day i will. I'm not going to waste time till then, I'm doing it on my own. You can't store fitness
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    Jun 22, 2007 12:08 AM GMT
    Rasberries to you Scally for your attitude about personal trainers. You may never have had any issues motivating yourself to workout or problems with your health (I'm assuming....I don't know) but not everyone has the same level of confidence and motivation as you do. There is nothing more intimidating sometimes for someone whose never been in a gym in their life to suddenly find themselves surrounded by equipment they have no clue how to use and to see so many people in better shape than they are. Personal Trainers are invaluable in getting people over than period and into a more healthy lifestyle. Continued progress to you in your training but if you ever get stuck on a plateau, maybe you should reconsider your point of view!

    Yes, I AM personal trainer.

    Scott Godgluck
    ACE Certified Personal Trainer
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    Jun 22, 2007 12:11 AM GMT
    "Personal Trainers are invaluable "

    'nough said
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    Jun 22, 2007 1:10 AM GMT
    Amen, Scott!

    I have got to be the least self-actualized human on the planet. The only way I go into action is if there is a stimulus for me to respond to. A trainer, paid in advance, waiting for me at the gym, is my stimulus.

    "Personal Trainers are invaluable"

    'Nuff said, indeed!