Personal Training Q's

  • TheBizMan

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    Apr 24, 2012 10:30 PM GMT
    I'm always whining here on the forums about how I can't gain weight and what I'm doing wrong. I've come to the conclusion that it could just be, I have no clue what I'm doing in the gym. I mean I thought I had some sort of grasp, but I have never worked out with a buddy or trainer before, so I have no clue if I am doing the moves with correct form. And I seriously lack a variety of different exercises to confuse the muscle groups. So with the summer coming up, I figured I'd have time to really get in shape, and figure out the nuiances of body building. So it would seem to me, the best way to do this is with a personal trainer. However I do have a few questions:

    For the prices they charge, do you believe a personal trainer is worth it?
    What should I look for when selecting a trainer?
    How many times is it advisable to work out with a trainer (per week/per month)?
    Does the trainers gender matter ( I personally have no issues with either a man or a woman trainer)?
    Not that I see it being an issue, but should "gay friendly" be something to consider?
    Any personal success or fail stories you'd like to share?
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    Apr 25, 2012 3:27 AM GMT
    For the prices they charge, do you believe a personal trainer is worth it?
    Unless you have the financial means, it isn't something you should do for a long amount of time. Perhaps they have a package that works best for you. If you could find workout buddies, it would be cheaper in the long run for sure.

    What should I look for when selecting a trainer?
    I have only had the introductory free Y trainer, but he was an ass. During one of my sessions he talked to another person leaving me to wait about 5-10 minutes for instruction on what to do. But it was free, so can't complain too much. I do believe that he no longer works at my Y cause at the last "free session" they gave me a new guy that seemed to really care about his job.

    How many times is it advisable to work out with a trainer (per week/per month)?
    Does the trainers gender matter ( I personally have no issues with either a man or a woman trainer)?
    In all likely hood that is up to you. I prefer men, but wouldn't have a problem with a female if needed.


    Not that I see it being an issue, but should "gay friendly" be something to consider?
    Only if it matters to you. I don't care.

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    Apr 25, 2012 3:40 AM GMT
    For the prices they charge, do you believe a personal trainer is worth it?
    -Really depends on the shape you're in and how new you are to working out. You look fit and shouldn't have a problem motivating yourself! I would suggest training videos on Youtube, they've helped me a lot.

    What should I look for when selecting a trainer?
    - Someone who looks like they're practicing everything they preach. A lot of trainers I see now were once golden and are now slobs. Others are way to self-absorbed in really helping and only looking to cop a feel on certain clients.

    How many times is it advisable to work out with a trainer (per week/per month)?
    - For a person who's not overweight, in the beginning, 3x the first week. Then twice the next, once a week from there to bi-weekly then monthly progression follow-ups.

    Does the trainers gender matter ( I personally have no issues with either a man or a woman trainer)?
    - To be honest, no. Either gender can call you out on a weak set and push you beyond what you think are your limits.

    Not that I see it being an issue, but should "gay friendly" be something to consider?
    -Yes.

    Any personal success or fail stories you'd like to share?
    - I had a personal trainer for a brief period of time 3 years ago. He taught me workouts I still do today and offered a lot of great tips on better posture, routines etc. However, looking back most the information he shared was all online on Youtube. Unless you are lax and overweight, which you aren't, I would suggest building your own workout plan, evaluating yourself and assessing your goals for an overhaul. Good luck! Feel free to message me if you're looking to gain mass or start bulking.
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    Apr 25, 2012 8:02 AM GMT
    I'm definitely biased here, but if you have the money I'd say go for it.

    I'm always whining here on the forums about how I can't gain weight and what I'm doing wrong.

    You should check your diet and make sure you're eating enough. To get bigger you need to eat quite a bit and stick to it to see gains. Varying your workouts so you don't plateau is also a must.

    For the prices they charge, do you believe a personal trainer is worth it?

    From what you're saying, I'd definitely recommend hiring a training for a little while to help you out. Technique is HUGE and I see so many people in the gym every day doing exercises completely wrong, resulting in injuries later on down the road. If you get a great trainer, the knowledge gained and change to your body is definitely worth the cost.

    What should I look for when selecting a trainer?

    Credentials - 2 Year Diploma or 4 year degree related to fitness (Kinesiology/Fitness & health) in Canada is starting to become the norm (in Toronto anyways). I would start there. Extra certifications are great too, maybe ACSM or NSCA in the US.

    Experience - Try finding someone with 3-5 years experience, and ask if any of their clients would be willing to talk to you about their experience with their trainer or find their clients yourself and ask them questions.

    Watch - If you are in a gym with trainers working with clients at the same time as yourself, watch how they interact with their clients. After that, you can decide if they have the personality to mesh with yours. I would definitely recommend someone with a no-nonsense style, someone that pushes you harder than you could ever push yourself.

    Passion - Make sure the trainer is passionate about what they do. It's pretty easy to see after watching a trainer interact with their clients or how they carry themselves at the gym.

    How many times is it advisable to work out with a trainer (per week/per month)?

    Ideally 3 days a week is the magic number. If money is an issue, I would suggest starting out with 3 days a week then tapering off to once or twice a week with a trainer (and ask them to provide you with a workout program to do on your own when you don't see them). Most research articles say 3 days per week doing resistance training gets you the best results.

    Does the trainers gender matter ( I personally have no issues with either a man or a woman trainer)?
    Not that I see it being an issue, but should "gay friendly" be something to consider?


    If it doesn't matter to you, I don't see an issue.

    Any personal success or fail stories you'd like to share?

    When I first started going to the gym I hired a trainer to help me out. Definitely gave me the motivation to stick with it. He had a 4 year Kin degree and was a player for his university football team (lots of experience). I gained a lot of knowledge from him and he taught me how to truly lift weights (mind-body connection). If I hadn't hired him I would have definitely hurt myself with improper techniques. I also lost 50 lbs in about 3 months with him.

    If you do decide to hire a trainer, pick their brain. Ask them questions about everything health/fitness related. Learn as much from them as you can. Hope this helps, good luck with the weight gain!
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    Apr 25, 2012 8:04 AM GMT
    Hiring a personal trainer is the best thing I have ever done.

    I don't think I would have made the progress I have made if i continued to workout on my own.

    It is sometimes hard on my budget, but well worth it to me.
  • TheBizMan

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    Apr 25, 2012 9:32 PM GMT
    Hey guys,
    Thanks for the advice! Definitely give me some things to consider. Appreciate it icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 25, 2012 9:34 PM GMT
    TheBizMan saidHey guys,
    Thanks for the advice! Definitely give me some things to consider. Appreciate it icon_smile.gif


    Honestly, if you can, find a trainer and just try to get as few training sessions as you can from them, take in ALL the information they give and just go forth on your own. It's honestly not worth the money to stick with a trainer longer than you should, at least from my experience.
  • Lincsbear

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    Apr 25, 2012 9:45 PM GMT
    You need to check your diet to begin with, make sure you`re eating enough calories to support muscle/weight growth. Without that you`ll not make any gains in weight. Also eat about 1.5g of protein/kg. of body weight to ensure muscle growth; good quality, low fat protein.

    Best wishes!
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    Apr 25, 2012 10:21 PM GMT
    TheBizMan saidI'm always whining here on the forums about how I can't gain weight and what I'm doing wrong. I've come to the conclusion that it could just be, I have no clue what I'm doing in the gym. I mean I thought I had some sort of grasp, but I have never worked out with a buddy or trainer before, so I have no clue if I am doing the moves with correct form. And I seriously lack a variety of different exercises to confuse the muscle groups. So with the summer coming up, I figured I'd have time to really get in shape, and figure out the nuiances of body building. So it would seem to me, the best way to do this is with a personal trainer. However I do have a few questions:

    For the prices they charge, do you believe a personal trainer is worth it?
    What should I look for when selecting a trainer?
    How many times is it advisable to work out with a trainer (per week/per month)?
    Does the trainers gender matter ( I personally have no issues with either a man or a woman trainer)?
    Not that I see it being an issue, but should "gay friendly" be something to consider?
    Any personal success or fail stories you'd like to share?


    For the prices they charge, do you believe a personal trainer is worth it?

    I should certainly hope so.You get what you pay for.
    What should I look for when selecting a trainer?

    Experience,certified etc.a two year diploma and Hkin degree are good but no guarantee that the Trainer is any good- some are ,some aren't.....I would ask for basic certifications and MOST important what continuing education do they take part in?Are they going to seminars, courses, reading etc.? The initial certifications are OK , but it is so much more important on what they do after.How many times is it advisable to work out with a trainer (per week/per month)?


    Depends on what your goals are and what you can afford.A good trainer will give you a comprehensive program to follow and be able to answer via e mails any questions you might have.
    Does the trainers gender matter ( I personally have no issues with either a man or a woman trainer)?
    ........makes no diff.

    Not that I see it being an issue, but should "gay friendly" be something to consider?


    Makes no diff.

    Any personal success or fail stories you'd like to share?

    If they get you standing on a Bosu Ball touching your nose with your fingers fire them and find another Trainer.
    -Ask them about 'Functional Movement Screening' and if they do it.Invaluable.
    -Do they teach you basic lifts like Deadlift,squats,pullups, etc. etc. and know how to cue you?
    -if they have a waiting list and repeat clients waste no time book them!


  • alexedwen

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    Jul 17, 2012 6:47 AM GMT
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