I hired a personal trainer tonight

  • waccamatt

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    Nov 08, 2011 3:46 AM GMT
    I'm in pretty good shape, especially in terms of cardio, but I don't think my weights are as effective as they could be so I hired a personal trainer tonight for 2 45-60 minute sessions per week. He's personable and cute so I'm sure I'll stick with it. Has anyone else on here had any success/negatives from hiring a trainer?
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    Nov 08, 2011 3:48 AM GMT
    Never have myself. Probably because at any gym I've belonged to the personal trainers don't look like they've ever lifted more than a cup of coffee. And when I do see them with clients most are just staring off into space.

  • waccamatt

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    Nov 08, 2011 3:54 AM GMT
    ^One night does not a success make, but he was very attentive and was willing to work with me as long as I wanted (ended up being an hour 15), which at $30 a session seemed very generous to me.
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    Nov 08, 2011 5:39 AM GMT
    I've learned a lot from trainers, being a nerd most of my life. Zero sports in high school where I think some guys pick some of this stuff up. Left to my own devices, there are exercises I enjoy pushing myself to do and exercises I ignore or just don't feel like doing. Lets just say if you focus on your pecs and not your back, bad things happen. Balanced development is important in some areas, especially in your legs if you run for cardio. Have to keep those knee cap bones stable.

    My primary goal in investing in a trainer is for someone to step in and push me much further than I would accomplish on my own. Having that appointment forces me to get my own workouts in to make sure I'm not sliding backwards.

    The one I'm working with now is aspiring to be a body builder, is young enough to be an offspring, and wears me out so much I have to skip a day. He's dating a nice woman in college and is comfortable with me talking about my gay problems. He's unique.

    I do let them set up the exercise circuit which lets me disengage my brain and use him for the good company that he is. So, I try to avoid working with them more than one or two days a week or I become mentally dependent on someone telling me what to do.

    When the cash flow gets diverted, I turn into a "ok, now what?"


    24Hr fitness puts pictures of each trainer on the wall with their degrees, hobbies, and certifications. I haven't had a disappointment yet.
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    Nov 08, 2011 6:04 AM GMT
    I've been working with a trainer once a month for about a year now. I've had good success. Right now, I'm trying to switch gears from cardio focused training to more muscle building. There's a lot I still don't understand. I work out by myself during the rest of the month based on what he teaches me. I like to workout at my own pace, but that's just a personal preference.
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    Nov 08, 2011 6:07 AM GMT
    My trainer has been excellent. With his help, I went from 120 lbs to 180 lbs in under 2 years (maintaining between 6% and 9% body fat). His guidance was excellent in terms of exercise as well as nutrition.

    He's expensive, but definitely worth the investment. I feel better, am healthier, and have a much greater sense of confidence having heeded his expert advice. He has also become one of my closest friends.
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    Nov 08, 2011 5:09 PM GMT
    Ive had many trainers, they were all kind of the same, worked out with me and that was it.

    I recently hired a college graduate and He's the best Personal trainer ive had, our relationship doesnt end at the gym, he's strict and doesnt let me slack, he'll get mad at me if he knows i ate bad and he always texts me motivational stuff. I love him icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 08, 2011 8:39 PM GMT
    HorrorGymGuy saidIve had many trainers, they were all kind of the same, worked out with me and that was it.

    I recently hired a college graduate and He's the best Personal trainer ive had, our relationship doesnt end at the gym, he's strict and doesnt let me slack, he'll get mad at me if he knows i ate bad and he always texts me motivational stuff. I love him icon_smile.gif
    Reminded me that the really good trainers exchange cell numbers in case either of you have to reschedule.

    And, they don't accept that you were too busy to get enough workout on your own or...sleep...or...food. They kick your ass anyway so you'll do better the next time. icon_redface.gif

    I've paid a trainer $50 after he showed up and I could barely move...and didn't have the courage to cancel ahead of time. It delayed the realization by a couple of years that I "wake up" after 15 minutes on the treadmill.

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    Nov 08, 2011 8:44 PM GMT
    Good for you!! I had a trainer for the first time about 2-3 yrs ago, we met about every 5 days for a space of about 5 months. It was worth just to see a different approach to working out, learning techniques I wouldn't have though of or couldn't have tried on my own.

    After having a good experience with him, I took a more critical eye of the other trainers at my gym as well. It made me realise that there are quite a few bad trainers out there--and inspired me to take the certification myself!
  • bostonboy516

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    Nov 08, 2011 8:47 PM GMT
    I definitely had a positive experience. I signed up for a package of 12 sessions and we met twice a week. He gave me a lot of good advice on what exercises to do, how to do them, how to change your workouts, nutrition, supplements, etc. I really lucked up. I've seen really good results in only a coupla months.
  • waccamatt

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    Nov 09, 2011 12:04 AM GMT
    Thanks for the info, guys, I was most impressed that he spent a lot of time with me the first night and how reasonable the rates were. I guess time will tell how effective it is, but I signed up for 8 sessions at $30 each and I'll finish those in a month.
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    Nov 09, 2011 12:09 AM GMT
    yes i have at ballys. ive gotten great results went from 21% body fat to 12%. just a warning when u start to get that low in body fat its all about your diet. lower stomach is usually the last to go. good luck
  • waccamatt

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    Nov 09, 2011 12:11 AM GMT
    tiggah saidyes i have at ballys. ive gotten great results went from 21% body fat to 12%. just a warning when u start to get that low in body fat its all about your diet. lower stomach is usually the last to go. good luck


    My lower stomach is about all I have left to get rid of so hopefully this will get me over the top, lol.