Are personal trainers worth it?

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    Dec 26, 2012 11:24 PM GMT
    Ok my personal trainer has gone travelling for a couple of months. He was great and very dependable. I've found a new pt however he keeps missing sessions always cancels appointments etc. So what I'm really asking is " do I really need a personal trainer?" Do you have one? And to some of the guys with definition already, are personal trainers helpful in getting the great body? Thanks guys.
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    Dec 27, 2012 2:11 AM GMT
    Yes/no/maybe. I think they're great if you're just starting out. They can teach you how to properly perform the exercises and how to properly use the equipment in the gym. However, I believe that you should taper off and eventually stop using one, once you know your way around the gym.

    Now the catch to that is, it's totally up to you to research exercises and nutrition. And its up to you to motivate yourself to continue with your workouts. If you can't do any of that, then you're pretty much going to be relying on a personal trainer for a very long time.

    Anyways, it sounds like your trainer is a little flaky. I would suggest finding a new one.
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    Dec 27, 2012 3:11 AM GMT
    My feeling is that if your trainer who left was any good you wouldn't need one in his absence. I think the only reason a person "needs" a personal trainer on a regular basis is if they need the company and/or someone other than themselves to be accountable to. Or if they're training for a specific sport or goal requiring specific expertise.
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    Dec 27, 2012 5:21 AM GMT
    When I decided I wanted to start lifting and change my body I started going to a personal trainer. I was kind of clueless on proper technique and best routine to get the results I wanted. I went to my trainer for about 6 months and really got a great idea on what to do for workouts and rotations as well as proper form. After that I decided to venture out on my own. I've been working out on my own now for about 2 months and have actually noticed more change and build in my time alone because I can work out on my schedule and more often instead of adjusting to his or working around his vacations and holidays and such. If you feel you need that interaction while working out find a workout partner. A partner can even help spot you in the shower after. icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 27, 2012 5:23 AM GMT
    The right one is worth it. Many personal trainers don't know anymore than the average gym user. Like they always say, the good ones cost some coin.

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    Dec 27, 2012 5:24 AM GMT
    msuNtx saidThe right one is worth it. Many personal trainers don't know anymore than the average gym user. Like they always say, the good ones cost some coin.

    coin? lol
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    Dec 27, 2012 5:34 AM GMT
    RadRTT said
    msuNtx saidThe right one is worth it. Many personal trainers don't know anymore than the average gym user. Like they always say, the good ones cost some coin.

    coin? lol


    Never heard of that?
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    Dec 27, 2012 5:36 AM GMT
    msuNtx said
    RadRTT said
    msuNtx saidThe right one is worth it. Many personal trainers don't know anymore than the average gym user. Like they always say, the good ones cost some coin.

    coin? lol


    Never heard of that?
    NO! LOL. I have never heard anyone use it that wasn't from a Shakespearean play.
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    Dec 27, 2012 5:38 AM GMT
    RadRTT said
    msuNtx said
    RadRTT said
    msuNtx saidThe right one is worth it. Many personal trainers don't know anymore than the average gym user. Like they always say, the good ones cost some coin.

    coin? lol


    Never heard of that?
    NO! LOL. I have never heard anyone use it that wasn't from a Shakespearean play.


    But I have. Dude you are a hardcore cracka. Like shit- I live in flyover country and you're whiter than me.
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    Dec 27, 2012 5:38 AM GMT
    Aristoshark said
    RadRTT said
    msuNtx said
    RadRTT said
    msuNtx saidThe right one is worth it. Many personal trainers don't know anymore than the average gym user. Like they always say, the good ones cost some coin.

    coin? lol


    Never heard of that?
    NO! LOL. I have never heard anyone use it that wasn't from a Shakespearean play.

    It's very ghetto. You just the whitest boy that ever came from Whyteville in White County, North Whiteyton.


    Really?????? I learned it from my Mother. Then again she grew up in Troy, Michigan. Very ghetto LOL
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    Dec 27, 2012 5:39 AM GMT
    Aristoshark said
    It's very ghetto. You just the whitest boy that ever came from Whyteville in White County, North Whiteyton.
    I know thats a joke...but its 100% true...icon_eek.gif

    #Connecticutproblems
    #richestwhiteststate
  • pelotudo87

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    Dec 27, 2012 5:41 AM GMT
    They can be helpful. Like someone already said, they very dramatically in terms of knowledge, so do your research. Ask about credentials, testimonials, before-and-afters. If a trainer has an education, past success stories...and looks like a trainer himself, chances are that he will be good.

    However

    At the same time, I would suggest doing your own research as well because a trainer will not be there forever. I believe trainers are good for:

    1) Laying groundwork
    2) Motivation / Accountability
    3) Reaching a specific goal

    Also, if the current trainer can't be professional, ask the gym if you can have a new one. That is unacceptable.
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    Dec 27, 2012 5:42 AM GMT
    Aristoshark said
    msuNtx said

    Really?????? I learned it from my Mother. Then again she grew up in Troy, Michigan. Very ghetto LOL

    Yo' mama and I grew up probably around five miles from each other, then.


    Haha probably so. She attended Warren High School.
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    Dec 27, 2012 5:43 AM GMT
    Personal trainers are like any other "help."

    Sometimes the gardener sucks. Sometimes the maid sucks. Sometimes the butler sucks. Sometimes the chauffeur sucks. Sometimes the personal trainer sucks.

    Finding help that swallows is always a challenge.
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    Dec 27, 2012 5:43 AM GMT
    Next time I am at the store Im gonna ask

    "How much coin is this"?
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    Dec 27, 2012 5:43 AM GMT
    Some people need more than just proper form and information, so people need the accountability and the motivation and encouragement. I was a personal trainer and help a lot of people get into better shape and lose weight and change their lifestyles. It all depends on the quality of your trainer, I think the best trainers are those are really care about their clients. Yea, unfortunately, a lot of trainers are flakes and don't care; you might not always find the best one off the bat.

    I definitely recommend them for people who really need their life changed, like those really out of condition or really clueless or those people that make no time for themselves. A trainer should be more than someone who just spouts out workout information, anyone with the internet can do that. A trainer should encourage you to be better in eating,working out, mind set and in life in general.

    I really miss the job now, really miss helping people.
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    Dec 27, 2012 5:53 AM GMT
    If you know your exercises and what parts of the body they work, but just need that motivation, find a training buddy! icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 27, 2012 5:57 AM GMT
    KKim11 saidIf you know your exercises and what parts of the body they work, but just need that motivation, find a training buddy! icon_smile.gif
    Or an honest mirror.
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    Dec 27, 2012 6:09 AM GMT
    I have nothing but nice things to say about 24hr fitness. I was a total non-athlete growing up. Then I had to learn everything in my 40's.

    For me, choosing a trainer with similar goals helped. If your goal is gaining mass, choosing a guy who runs marathons might not be the ideal fit. Then again, the runner helped me realize (duh?) that running on a flat incline is not going to burn anywhere near the same flab as clinging to a machine for an hour at maximum incline. 8 minute miles just aren't going to burn the spare tire.


    Having a regular scheduled training session motivates me too..

    I knew he wasn't going to let up on me if I didn't do my "homework" over the
    weekend. Damnit. He could tell when I didn't do my homework.


    Ultimately, I had far too many bad habits memorized to unlearn to make much progress on my own. His focus on stretching and balancing back and chest exercises was well worth it.