personal trainers ???

  • Intercoastal

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    Jan 17, 2012 7:18 AM GMT
    what motivated those of you have trainers to hire them what were your goals did you reach them and why did you select the individual trainer you chose
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    Jan 17, 2012 7:48 AM GMT
    My motivation was the onset of middle age. Extra weight, general unhealthy lifestyle and wanting to be stronger and healthier as the years go on and be in the best position to deal with health issues as I get older.
    I interviewed 3 trainers.
    The first was way over the top he even stripped down to nothing to show his body, my training buddy insisted, pissed our selves laughing ( he was straight :shockicon_smile.gif
    The second was more interested in getting us to use a particular gym, which isnt the best not clean and full of roided up bouncers/ doormen.
    We went with the last guy, Agba, he used to train at a gym i went to in Oman.

    I will admit at first I was excited to have a big burly Arab guy training me but I got on well with him and besides checking him out in movements etc in the end he worked me so hard that i forgot how sexy he was even when he would touch me to make sure I was working the right muscles.
    I think it came down to his expertise, his age (both 42) and his demenour. He pushes me when I need it but also understands that a 42 year old guy who needed to gain muscle and loose flab, hadnt worked out in years sometimes needs a gentler form of excercise. He understood that my body was going through massive change and somedays i would just feel old and sore.
    Also the only one that asked to know my medical test results etc.
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    Jan 17, 2012 11:56 AM GMT
    I use a trainer I met at my gym. He was always helpful before I hired him, answering questions about form and machines and after he offered a free 1-hour session, I realized that I needed something to push me to work in ways that I was not (specifically flexibility and core strengthening).

    Since mid-September I have trained with him once a week and he generally kicks my butt, but I can identify a number of ways in which I have improved, even on things I hate doing, like squat thrusts. I've also incorporated a great many things into my workout routines on other days.

    And, he has a pretty keen eye for other areas where I need improvement and he gives me solid advice on my training for other days.

    I have a long way to go on both flexibility and core strength, but I like the progress and intend to continue.
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    Jan 17, 2012 1:46 PM GMT
    I wanted to be accountable to somebody who knew more about what I was doing than I did.
  • Intercoastal

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    Jan 18, 2012 4:11 PM GMT
    thanks for the detailed responses ... still hoping for a few more but every comment is helpful
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    Jan 20, 2012 1:09 AM GMT
    My motivation was to finally get back into shape after surgery and chemo and being sedentary for too many years. I wanted a trainer because I do not have the knowledge on how to design a program to achieve my goals. I knew I needed help, but did not know "what" to do. I figured, when I have cracked a tooth I did not try to fix it myself; I hired a professional to fix it... since I did not know what I needed to do to get fit I thought I would hire a professional.
    My goals initially were to get my heart in better shape, not be out of breath walking up a flight of stairs, helping control my back pain and loosing weight.
    After my 1st 13 week session I was improvement in all areas. I had set a goal to loose 20 pounds, and I did. I signed up for a second 13 week session, and continued to see results.
    I am still using a trainer 2 years later. I have lost 40 pounds, 9.8% body fat, my cardio vascular system is much improved, my blood pressure has improved, etc.
    I have had 3 trainers. I selected my 1st trainer after a few interviews. He seemed to know what I wanted and I was comfortable working with him. When he was unable to continue, he recommended another trainer, and when my 2nd trainer moved he recommended my current trainer.
    My goals evolved as my health and fitness improved. My current trainer continues to challenge me and keeps my workouts fresh and ever changing.
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    Jan 20, 2012 1:19 AM GMT
    The first time I hired one, when I was about 22, was because I was having some problems with my leg muscles. So I basically hired the trainer to whip them into shape.

    The second time, when I was 30, was because I'd been inactive the year before and wanted to change my lifestyle (and my life). I was also going to a wedding later in the year in Fiji and didn't want to look like a beached whale. "I just want to look half decent in a pair of board shorts" was my brief to him.

    I asked a friend who had just started at the branch of the gym chain I'm a member of to recommend someone there to me, which he did. We got on really well and I stayed with him for 2 years and only left him when I moved interstate. Essentially in the first session I was looking out for things like whether he listened to my goals, whether he asked if I had any illness or injury that might preclude me from doing certain exercises, and whether he actually looked at me when I was doing exercises.

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    Jan 20, 2012 1:35 AM GMT
    a good trainer is worth there weight in gold and then some.

    A bad trainer aint worth the clothes he's wearing!

    if you find a good one stick with it.

    Specifically, ask questions of him during the interview, you'll meet them first to go over your goals and this is your time to ask questions so ask tons.

    Some things to ask.

    How long have they been in the industry.

    Who are they certified with (but if they have been around for a few years this one is a little less important)

    Available times

    anything specific, like if you personally enjoy using kettlebells, is he certified to use them as a training tool, or if you like jogging is he able to jog with you for however long you would normally jog for and then some. Things like this.

    Ask him questions about specific exercises, like the squats I don't know how many trainers blabber on about only going to parallel and anything more is dangerous but none can give a good answer. The real answer is is that if you have no pre-existing problems with your knees or lower back that full range squats are desired once you have reached a good base level of strength and can successfully execute the move with good form through the entire range of motion (regardless of weight used even if it's none)

    Ask him about how he works on progression, things of these nature.

    What kinda of programming he does.

    If he writes a program before meeting his client (if he says no to this, don't hire him)

    Actually I could keep going, I'm a trainer and love it when a new client starts peppering me with questions about everything which I've had only a few do. Plus I get excited as all hell which energises them and let's them know I know my stuff and I'm enthusiastic and passionate.

    And if you ask about form and he gets up and starts showing you stuff, just take him hahaha