What should i look for in a trainer?

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    Mar 16, 2014 4:57 AM GMT
    Been shopping around, have an appointment tomorrow. What should I be looking for? What makes a good instructor?
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    Mar 16, 2014 4:34 PM GMT
    Education, certification, and most important, compatibility.
    He or she needs to be someone you can get along with but who can also encourage you in the right way. If you don't like being yelled at, you probably wouldn't like a drill instructor type trainer. Conversely if he or she is too "nice" it may not be enough to push you to your full potential.
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    Mar 16, 2014 7:51 PM GMT
    Good advise. I met with guy today who has lots of potential.
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    Mar 16, 2014 7:51 PM GMT
    Although I do kinda feel like throwing up after my workout icon_eek.gif
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    Mar 16, 2014 10:02 PM GMT
    That is not unheard of ;)
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    Mar 17, 2014 12:55 AM GMT
    Looks like water and no eating before. Proper cooldown looks important too
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    Mar 17, 2014 6:02 AM GMT
    Actually, i don't advise working out on an empty stomach. Don't recommend on a full one either. You need to have some fuel about an hour before, in general.

    Always warm up and cool down. Stretch post workout.
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    Mar 17, 2014 5:38 PM GMT
    a great ass and willingness to demonstrate squats EVERY SINGLE TIME YOU SEE HIM.

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    Mar 17, 2014 11:24 PM GMT
    Gonzo, as a fitness trainer, do I qualify?
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    Mar 18, 2014 1:57 AM GMT
    GonzoTheGreat saida great ass and willingness to demonstrate squats EVERY SINGLE TIME YOU SEE HIM.

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    Hehe this is important icon_neutral.gif

    I like the guy I'm seeing. Have another appointment tomorrow. I'm in so much pain right now though.
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    Mar 18, 2014 2:04 AM GMT
    Keep moving. Your muscles need to contract to pump the waste out. If your legs are sore, go up and down stairs a couple of times till they loosen up. Do a thorough warmup tomorrow before you start. This is normal and will go away as you are more conditioned.
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    Mar 18, 2014 8:43 AM GMT
    Anomalous1 saidGonzo, as a fitness trainer, do I qualify?


    After examining the pictures I would say yes, as long as you are prepared to twerk... I mean demo squats. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Apr 12, 2014 10:15 PM GMT
    1 month into this, its been fun. Still have a lot of learning, but still at it! icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 12, 2014 11:06 PM GMT
    Congrats for sticking with it.
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    Apr 17, 2014 4:16 PM GMT
    mikeyslc saidBeen shopping around, have an appointment tomorrow. What should I be looking for? What makes a good instructor?


    I've had a bunch of trainers, normally get a new one every six or so months. My opinion:

    A) when they constantly check your form, show you how to do something and actually tell you to look at them from different angles to really understand the movements they are making, then they are worth the effort you will put in.
    B) when they don't waste 20 minutes of your time doing cardio while they watch. Good trainers tend to tell you to come in earlier and do cardio before the session
    C) when it doesn't feel like your not stuck in a routine with them. The last two I had was fantastic with this,being able to target the same muscle groups on the same "cycle" without you feeling like your going through the cycle.
    D) when they understand the value of functional training and get you to actually invest your time in doing this too.
    E) most importantly, when they actually remember your progression. If a trainer doesn't remember what weight your doing, doesn't write it down, or have a systematic way of increasing it then yea, eject him.

    You get what you pay for. The certifications haven't been something I could use as a benchmark at all. The passion they had for what they did and what their clients looked like, that helped a lot.

    The reason cycle through trainers though is because they each have their own style, so yea, changing one every few months is not a bad thing either.

    My two cents worth ;)
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    May 07, 2014 1:56 PM GMT
    I joined a gym a few months ago. They tried to corral me into meeting with a trainer twice so far but I dodged both times. I've been mostly focused on cardio since I hurt my arm early on but it's feeling better now and I'm starting to do some light conditioning while it finishes healing.

    I guess at some point it might benefit me to get at least a few sessions though. I'll keep in mind the tips you guys posted, thanks.
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    May 18, 2014 6:38 PM GMT
    Be an informed consumer. Ask if they have other clients who would recommend them. Don't be afraid to check those references.
    As far as Certifications go they should be either certified through the ACSM [American College of Sports Medicine] or the NSCA [ National Strength and Conditioning Association] second tier is NASM, and ACE.
    Also ask how many seminars they go to, continuing education is a huge plus if a potential Trainer is traveling to go to various seminars etc. then they have a serious commitment to being better.
    If they try to teach you how to squat, Deadlift, press overhead etc. then that's a very good sign-if they waste your time with bull*** 'balance and proprioception' exercises, you may want to look elsewhere.
    And most importantly if they are booked solid mostly with repeat clients try and get in with them. They are doing something right.