LA Fitness personal training?

  • kevinoops

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    Sep 16, 2012 8:29 PM GMT
    Given that muscle gays seem to hang out with muscle gays only, I decided to get more motivation and buy a personal training session with LA Fitness. I'm just a beginner so just consider purchasing the cheapest program where I can't have a dedicated trainer. I was wondering if any buddy here like the personal training session there. I probably will use the ones at Culver City and Westwood most frequently. Thank you and have a good Sunday.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 16, 2012 11:35 PM GMT
    kevinoops saidGiven that muscle gays seem to hang out with muscle gays only, I decided to get more motivation and buy a personal training session with LA Fitness. I'm just a beginner so just consider purchasing the cheapest program where I can't have a dedicated trainer. I was wondering if any buddy here like the personal training session there. I probably will use the ones at Culver City and Westwood most frequently. Thank you and have a good Sunday.icon_biggrin.gif


    Depends on the individual trainer and your goals. I think they do like 30 minute sessions, so it'll be fast paced.

    This is something also to keep in mind. When you sign a PT contract with LAFitness, it is a binding contract for however long you decide to sign. Let's say it's 3 months. After your 3 months are done, your term contract will automatically turn into a "monthly contract" for "your convenience". If you want to cancel it, it's not as simple as telling the front desk you want to cancel. You have to submit to corporate in writing that you want to cancel.

    If you decide to sign, keep the contract and put the end date on your calendar so you know it's coming. If you choose to cancel, you'll know ahead of time to submit that letter. That way you don't get stuck for paying an extra month worth of training when you didn't intend to.

    Other than the fine details, working with a PT is a great way to get started and learn things. Be sure to ask questions and get to know why you're doing certain exercises and how they pertain to your goals. Soak in the knowledge keep it for future reference.
  • kevinoops

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    Sep 17, 2012 1:43 AM GMT
    Thank you very much.
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    Sep 17, 2012 2:13 AM GMT
    LA Fitness pays your trainer ONE FOURTH of what you are paying the gym.

    That's usually only SIX DOLLARS a 30-minute session.

    For that reason, the trainers usually move away from LAF pretty quickly.

    Remarkably, a few great trainers remain.

    Ask some of the guys, who are in good shape, who they would use as their trainer.

    The in-shape guys have probably been paying attention to the trainers and they can advise you on which ones to choose------and which ones to avoid.

    Please don't be shy about asking around. Everyone in your gym was once a beginner and most will be more than glad to answer this question.
  • kevinoops

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    Sep 17, 2012 2:25 AM GMT
    Thank you. I feel shy to speak to in-shape guys...

    Balancing saidLA Fitness pays your trainer ONE FOURTH of what you are paying the gym.

    That's usually only SIX DOLLARS a 30-minute session.

    For that reason, the trainers usually move away from LAF pretty quickly.

    Remarkably, a few great trainers remain.

    Ask some of the guys, who are in good shape, who they would use as their trainer.

    The in-shape guys have probably been paying attention to the trainers and they can advise you on which ones to choose------and which ones to avoid.

    Please don't be shy about asking around. Everyone in your gym was once a beginner and most will be more than glad to answer this question.
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    Sep 17, 2012 4:59 AM GMT
    I'm an LA Fitness member who doesn't use a trainer but have observed them each put three or more clients in a row through identical workouts, so it's debatable how personalized the training is. Perhaps their instructions on form are intentionally simple but I find them lacking so that, in my view anyway, their clients learn improper form (not necessarily relying on momentum but too much or the wrong range of motion and a lack of muscle isolation) and at best incomplete form (where only part of the complete movement is properly explained). Most of the trainers seem to have the same m.o. - collect the most popular fixed dumbbells and barbells, a stretch mat, bosu and swiss ball and a step up setup and assemble a nest in some farflung corner of the gym and put their clients through a series of boot camp-like calisthenics and fancy compound exercises (curl-squat-overhead press-repeat!). Not being a trainer myself I don't know if this is in the best interest of the client (it's certainly not for the other members since the equipment is neither shared nor re-racked), if it's the most efficient for client turnover from the trainer's perspective and/or that style of working out is mandated by LA Fitness based perhaps on cost/benefit analyses, or if those fancy moves they teach are intended to detract from how little they may actually know. It would be great if RJ members who were personal trainers would weigh in on this. Or better yet, maybe you can relay my observations to the personal training manager and have him or her explain it.
  • MixedJock91

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    Sep 17, 2012 5:21 AM GMT
    Trainers are jokes at LA. You're wasting money if you use them. If you can have the motivation to even get a gym membership you should have the motivation to look up a workout plan and commit to it. But yeah, the trainers are J-O-K-E-S!
  • metta

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    Sep 17, 2012 5:30 AM GMT
    MixedJock91 saidTrainers are jokes at LA. You're wasting money if you use them. If you can have the motivation to even get a gym membership you should have the motivation to look up a workout plan and commit to it. But yeah, the trainers are J-O-K-E-S!


    I will admit to laughing at what one was doing yesterday. He was training two members at the same time and he made them fetch the ball. He would throw the ball away in the opposite direction of the member and make the member run after it.... I could not believe what I was seeing. Those women should have told him that they wanted to do something else. There was just something inappropriate about it.
  • pelotudo87

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    Sep 17, 2012 10:13 PM GMT
    I'll echo what everyone else has said:

    LA Fitness trainers are usually not the best. They are paid very, very little as someone already pointed out, so good trainers try to get out ASAP. I highly recommend asking around / observing trainers to see who seems to know what he / she is doing.

    BTW--another option may be to go find a trainer at an independent studio. These trainers are often not newly-minted trainers since they already have clients, and the general trend seems to be that you are more likely to find a more qualified independent trainer than in a commercial gym.

    You could go on yelp.com, search gyms / trainers for your area, and you'll find out what personal training studios are in the area. Visit the websites and see what you think. Independent trainers can often be cheaper than trainers in commercial gyms since they don't have to give a cut to "the man," so this is probably the best way to go.

    PS: I would also recommend researching as much as possible on your own. All the huge guys are huge because they love fitness and educate themselves / spend their time at the gym. Bodybuilding.com and T-nation.com are good online forums to educate yourself.

    Good luck!