PT for beginners?

  • sfboy987

    Posts: 209

    Oct 18, 2013 2:30 PM GMT
    Been cutting down for a while because I read one should cut bf% to about 12% before starting to pack on the muscle mass. Recently, a PT measured my bf to about 15%, but this number might be higher for a few reasons. One reason is that I wasn't measured in the morning (best time to do it), possible inaccuracies, and I might gain more from not eating so great these past few weeks. From what he says, I can go ahead with starting to build muscle mass because I'm relatively lean at the moment.

    I don't know much about bodybuilding, so I'm thinking of hiring this PT for like 10 or more sessions. I think it would be especially important to learn and maintain proper form for exercises. Only issue is that these 10 sessions are $800 icon_confused.gif

    I know alternatives to this would be reading a book or reading online about bodybuilding, but I don't think I can achieve the proper form on my own. I definitely want to avoid any injuries too. My partner says there might be cheaper, independent PT's too. I just want to know that if I'm going to hire a PT that I'll get my money's worth.

    I'm also wondering if I should continue cutting instead of eating more and doing a bodybuilding workout at the gym. What do you guys think? Should I just go ahead with working out with this PT? Sorry for the long post, but any advice is appreciated icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 18, 2013 3:43 PM GMT
    Try a lean bulk then do a shorter intense cutting phase
  • sfboy987

    Posts: 209

    Oct 20, 2013 7:00 PM GMT
    Thanks, what do you guys think about a trainer?
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    Oct 22, 2013 4:20 PM GMT
    Working out with a trainer changed everything for me. I've learned so much since I started with mine and in ~1.5 years I've put on ~25 lbs. I don't know your goals, but I will say having someone there to push you past your pain threshold and make sure you're doing things in an optimal, safe way is going to help your results come much faster.

    I say it's worth the investment. (Especially if it's my trainer at World in SF...)
  • ashyboi5000

    Posts: 29

    Oct 26, 2013 3:18 PM GMT
    +1 for the investment too.

    Started on mine after doing my own thing for 5months and while I was reading on line he's been able to do a routine for me and correct me in little mistakes. It's amazing how, for example, a foot not properly pointing forward can make a world of difference.