How do I find a local personal trainer?

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    Feb 27, 2014 6:55 AM GMT
    I'm seriously working out again and want to take it to the next level. I think a personal trainer would be a good idea since I'm not that experienced in the gym.

    Where/how do I find one? (My gym doesn't have any)

    Also what are good prices and questions I should ask him?


    Thanks guys!

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    Feb 27, 2014 6:57 AM GMT
    Groupon
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    Feb 27, 2014 3:49 PM GMT
    Also does anyone have a female trainer. Any pros cons in male vs female trainers?
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    Feb 27, 2014 5:25 PM GMT
    You can try these websites : http://www.thumbtack.com/ (put in "personal trainer" with your zip code), http://www.ideafit.com/find-personal-trainer, or even craigslist.com.
  • topathlete

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    Feb 27, 2014 5:25 PM GMT
    Some sources are the websites of the various certifying or credentialing organizations. Some or all have lists of trainers by region. Here are some. You can find others by googling personal trainer certifying organizations.

    http://www.nasm.org

    http://www.nsca-lift.org

    http://www.acefitness.org

    The male vs female trainers question will probably bring different opinions. I know some female trainers who are extremely knowledgeable and competent but for a male wanting to either lift heavy or have an intense program I would recommend a male trainer who lifts and works out seriously himself.
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    Feb 27, 2014 6:38 PM GMT
    Anyone here use personal trainers? Seen better results with him/her?
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    Feb 27, 2014 7:22 PM GMT
    I've been using a trainer just over a year and will prob stick w having one for awhile yet cause I've deff seen way better results than on my own or with friends. My work schedule is a month away and a month home so I do my own thing while away and go w him 5 days/week when I'm off. I think the biggest part is to meet a few, tell them your goals and see what they come up with, also make sure you click w them on some level. When my first trainer moved away the replacement they gave me was mostly into yoga and stretching, great for some people but I was trying to bulk up so after a few sessions I had to find a better match. The guy I work with now is awesome and pushes me to the point that after we are done I barely have enough strength left to help rack the equipment we used.
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    Feb 27, 2014 11:57 PM GMT
    Cj84 saidI've been using a trainer just over a year and will prob stick w having one for awhile yet cause I've deff seen way better results than on my own or with friends. My work schedule is a month away and a month home so I do my own thing while away and go w him 5 days/week when I'm off. I think the biggest part is to meet a few, tell them your goals and see what they come up with, also make sure you click w them on some level. When my first trainer moved away the replacement they gave me was mostly into yoga and stretching, great for some people but I was trying to bulk up so after a few sessions I had to find a better match. The guy I work with now is awesome and pushes me to the point that after we are done I barely have enough strength left to help rack the equipment we used.


    That's great to hear man. What's the average rate I found some that start at 60 an hr. So doing lots of sessions would add up fast
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    Feb 28, 2014 12:50 AM GMT
    I pay monthly but I think it's around 40$ per session, prices vary everywhere though. Check out yourtrainer.com or just google to see what the average rate for Chicago is.
  • waccamatt

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    Feb 28, 2014 3:29 AM GMT
    Youngun saidAnyone here use personal trainers? Seen better results with him/her?


    I have one; I don't really have better results with him, but he helps keep me motivated and his rates aren't bad, plus he's very personable.
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    Feb 28, 2014 8:08 AM GMT
    A "trainer" can help you become less self conscious, but, the vast majority of trainers are clueless / and / or liars, and are often compensated based upon pushing garbage to their clients.

    For "bodybuilding" or "physique modeling, it's all about the science and stepping into the world of chemical enhancement.

    You're probably better off to study for yourself how to attain your goals.

    Many trainers are ill qualified, relying on "bro science" which has no basis in science nor fact.

    A really good, knowing, trainer, is going to be costly.

    Different folks have different goals, and respond differently. Those are things that only your venture can walk you into, through, above, and beyond.

    In my own case, I spent a year as Sagi Kaliev's training partner, working out with him several times a week when he was not training clients. Sagi has been on the cover of Muscle & Fitness more than any person alive. Sagi taught me things that would have taken me years to learn otherwise, not, so much in diet, or training, but show prep, and the chemical warfare that is national level bodybuilding. His expertise was extremely valuable, and gave me the self confidence to walk on stage knowing I was ready. For most folks, though, they don't have the discipline, money, nor the will, to take it to that level. Sagi also taught me to think for myself, when what he was telling me clearly wasn't working. It gave me the confidence to say "this is crazy to do 2 hours a day on stairs...40 minutes is enough"...things like that. Working with him was a great time, and I learned so much, but, for the lay person, I think a "trainer" is a waste of time. For competition, a mentor can make all the difference in The World.

    READ. Watch videos. Watch the folks around you.
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    Feb 28, 2014 10:22 AM GMT
    Have you checked Grindr?

    At least that's where all the massage therapists are.
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    Feb 28, 2014 3:05 PM GMT
    Trolliosis saidHave you checked Grindr?

    At least that's where all the massage therapists are.


    I did meet a personal trainer on there one time but I wasn't sure if he wanted to train me or fuck me icon_question.gificon_eek.gificon_exclaim.gif
  • Destinharbor

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    Feb 28, 2014 4:01 PM GMT
    If ya gots lots of cash and need someone to motivate you, go for it. Find some guy you like personally and has the kind of body you aspire to. I've been in the gym a long time and beyond the guys who are entering competitions, which require significant chemical preparations, I really don't see the trainers having much effect except for motivation. Not to say there aren't some out there who can help, I've just never seen it. I'd recommend you buy a book (Men's Health, Men's Fitness) that explains the connection between testosterone, carbs and fats, muscle parts and connections, and then gives you illustrations of 8 or 10 exercises per body part. I kept it in my car for years as something to read when I eat lunch alone. Just kept rereading it until I had it down. After a while you'll know as much as most trainers.
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    Feb 28, 2014 4:54 PM GMT
    chuckystud saidA "trainer" can help you become less self conscious, but, the vast majority of trainers are clueless / and / or liars, and are often compensated based upon pushing garbage to their clients.

    For "bodybuilding" or "physique modeling, it's all about the science and stepping into the world of chemical enhancement.

    You're probably better off to study for yourself how to attain your goals.

    Many trainers are ill qualified, relying on "bro science" which has no basis in science nor fact.

    A really good, knowing, trainer, is going to be costly.

    Different folks have different goals, and respond differently. Those are things that only your venture can walk you into, through, above, and beyond.

    In my own case, I spent a year as Sagi Kaliev's training partner, working out with him several times a week when he was not training clients. Sagi has been on the cover of Muscle & Fitness more than any person alive. Sagi taught me things that would have taken me years to learn otherwise, not, so much in diet, or training, but show prep, and the chemical warfare that is national level bodybuilding. His expertise was extremely valuable, and gave me the self confidence to walk on stage knowing I was ready. For most folks, though, they don't have the discipline, money, nor the will, to take it to that level. Sagi also taught me to think for myself, when what he was telling me clearly wasn't working. It gave me the confidence to say "this is crazy to do 2 hours a day on stairs...40 minutes is enough"...things like that. Working with him was a great time, and I learned so much, but, for the lay person, I think a "trainer" is a waste of time. For competition, a mentor can make all the difference in The World.

    READ. Watch videos. Watch the folks around you.


    This. It's a hard pill to swallow. I wanted a trainer too but realized the one I was listening to was full of shit. It wasn't until learning on my own that I learned what to do.

    In general:
    -everyone's body is different and requires a different technique
    -if you are new to weightlifting, you don't need to split your days. do overall body-building, full-body work-outs
    -if you are trying to gain muscle, eat as 'cleanly' as possible, but protein should always be the focus. generally eat a shitload.
    -you don't need to workout for 5 hours to get a good workout. more like 30 min - 45 min depending on what you're doing.