How do you find a good trainer?

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    May 05, 2012 5:34 PM GMT
    If anyone has a method, some certification or other, etc., that's great, but if you refer a person in the Chicago area, that's even better!
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    May 05, 2012 8:05 PM GMT
    hmmmmm... how does one find a good trainer. I'd say by level of education (NOT certification - they don't teach you SHIT.) Trainers with degrees will be more knowledgeable; especially look for ones that have degrees in nutrition and think "outside the box" of the fitness industry curve (example: my clients lose an average of 3-8lbs of FAT per week and the fitness industry says it's only possible to lose 1-2). Also former athletes make great trainers. One of the best I know is a semi-pro football player and I LOVE working out with him (but I'm also an athlete and I prefer sport specific exercises; most people don't like working that hard.)
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    May 05, 2012 8:17 PM GMT
    In my opinion, most trainers employed by a gym aren't going to have the capacity to be as effective as indepedent trainers because they answer to their superiors...meaning there is only so much they can do to push you.

    Whereas, if you go out of your way to hire an indepdent trainer, they can use whatever motivational tools they want.
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    May 05, 2012 10:17 PM GMT
    Some good advice above, by and large. I'll add a simple way to start:
    1. Find one who looks like you want to look. That may seem overly simplistic but truly, it helps a great deal to see that they know how to represent, and can walk the talk.
    2. Ask for their client references- and ask if they have before after pics of their clients. Trainers who don't get results are called either paid friends or baby sitters
    3. Make sure they have some valid certification, only because a goid trainer has a foundation in the biomechanics of exercise and nutrition and can apply it. Also make sure that they carry liability
    4. Now, interview them. And ask at least these questions:
    A. How do you go about setting goals for your clients?
    B. Do you monitor diet and work with your clients on this?
    C. Who do you have the most success with, men or women? (trainers do tend to lean toward one or the other by nature of their rapport and interest)
    D. What is the best way to achieve my goals?
    E. What makes you a better trainer than anyone else (the only acceptable answer is 'youll see results' or 'i can get you to where you want to be')
    If they hem and haw on any answer, probe.
    If they are defensive or vague, move on.
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    May 06, 2012 1:05 AM GMT
    yourname8000 saidMost gyms have resident trainers....why not pick a gym and then see who they got?

    And the "12 week" workout programs on RJ are great, too. Especially if you have a workout partner. (Especially one who can give you a deep tissue sensual massage afterwards....mmmmmmm.) icon_biggrin.gif

    Plus, free is good! icon_cool.gif

    (and the massage is an OMFG extra bonus!!!)
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    May 06, 2012 10:25 PM GMT
    OK, so the EBC has about 20 trainers. How do I pick?
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    May 06, 2012 10:30 PM GMT
    I lucked out. I found a great trainer. He was assigned to me by the gym. I think that what makes him a great trainer is his passion for fitness. I don't mean just being fit and playing sports. He's actually fascinated by it and wanted to learn about it. He is also a compassionate guy and loves helping other people. He played sports, but he was always a heavy guy. He is able to drawn on his own extreme transformation to help other people.

    A lot of trainers I've seen don't seem to be into training other people. They want to train themselves, and being a trainer to other people is just a way to make money and be at the gym a lot.

    I don't think there is a secret formula to it. Hire a trainer on a trial basis, and see how he/she work out for you. If you're not satisfied, don't be afraid to ask for someone else.
  • tuffguyndc

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    May 06, 2012 10:37 PM GMT
    1. Find out how long he or she has been training.
    2. Find out if he has a degree a long with a certification.
    3. Do some home work. Ask around about him or her. Watch to see how they train there clients.
    4. Sit down to talk to the trainer and ask questions about his training style. If he says he only trains one way than run. A good trainer does not have a training style. He simple puts what he has learned over the years and apply it to what you want to accomplish.
    5. If a trainer does not have his client to stretch and warm up prior to working out than you might want to look elsewhere or be sure do it yourself. Sometimes trainers are just conscious enough probably warming up.
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    May 08, 2012 3:43 AM GMT
    Anyone know a good trainer and gym in dallas tx? For example golds gym or klifetime? You can, email me if you like.