Really tough personal trainer?

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    Sep 03, 2014 2:24 PM GMT
    Hey. I've been trying to lift weights and become more athletic this past year. I hired a personal trainer who is a national body building champion and he recently won first place at a competition in Texas. He's a great personal trainer but I feel like such a pussy when I workout with him. He likes to add a lot of weight and sometimes he goes way past the limit that I would ever do. Any weightlifters have problems when they first try to tackle a lot of weight? How do you cope?

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    Sep 03, 2014 2:48 PM GMT
    are you locked into a contract with him?

    it's hard to say whether he's Doing It Right or not but i think having a good vibe/chemistry with your trainer is important too.
  • Destinharbor

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    Sep 03, 2014 3:26 PM GMT
    Different guys like different things in a trainer. Personally, I don't need or like someone barking at me the whole time. COME ON! COME ON! Doesn't motivate me or teach me anything. Getting a trainer certification doesn't require much and most body builders know most of it so they train the way they found success. If he isn't giving you what you need, try someone else. No need to feel disloyal. He works for you. On the other hand, you do know any trainer will be pushing you to lift to failure before you finish your last set, don't you? That's how the muscles break down in order to grow bigger. If that is your goal, that's the deal. Oh, and eat lots of clean, low cal protein.
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    Sep 03, 2014 6:37 PM GMT
    If he's adding a lot of weight and you are still able to execute the movements with good form, then he's doing you a favor. If you are struggling to maintain your form, then he's not really helping you and is putting you at risk for an injury. If your form is good and it's just the stress of pushing beyond your limit, stick with it. That's how we grow. If you want bigger muscles, you have to give them a reason to be big and that means pushing past their comfort level. Good luck!
  • FRE0

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    Sep 03, 2014 7:09 PM GMT
    In general, the amount of weight you use should make it possible to do a reasonable number of repetitions properly. When you are just starting weight lifting, you should be able to do at least 10 repetitions on the first set. Once you can do 12 to 14 repetitions on the first set, you should increase the weight. After gains come more slowly, it may be reasonable to increase the weight to the point that you can do only 8 or so repetitions properly on the first set.

    If he is encouraging you to use so much weight that you can't do a reasonable number of repetitions before failure, he is encouraging you to use too much weight.
  • madsexy

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    Sep 03, 2014 11:03 PM GMT
    SF79 saidIf he's adding a lot of weight and you are still able to execute the movements with good form, then he's doing you a favor. If you are struggling to maintain your form, then he's not really helping you and is putting you at risk for an injury. If your form is good and it's just the stress of pushing beyond your limit, stick with it. That's how we grow. If you want bigger muscles, you have to give them a reason to be big and that means pushing past their comfort level. Good luck!

    THIS! I have an ex who was into bodybuilding and went through this with a trainer and had to change because the guy was not pushing him right he was just pushing him past reasonable limits for him.
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    Sep 04, 2014 1:19 AM GMT
    needsomebodytohold saidHey. I've been trying to lift weights and become more athletic this past year. I hired a personal trainer who is a national body building champion and he recently won first place at a competition in Texas. He's a great personal trainer but I feel like such a pussy when I workout with him. He likes to add a lot of weight and sometimes he goes way past the limit that I would ever do. Any weightlifters have problems when they first try to tackle a lot of weight? How do you cope?

    You should clarify what you meant by "way past the limit I would ever do." Like everyone says, if you're maintaining good form (except perhaps for forcing the last rep or two with him spotting) he's probably doing you a favor. He probably sees good potential and just wants to prove to you what you're capable of.


    needsomebodytohold saidReally tough personal trainer?

    You want "really tough?" At a Manhattan "Crunch Fitness" my trainer would punch me in the gut when I needed "reviving." Turns out he was an ex-con. In fact, I once brought a surprise birthday cake from Magnolia Bakery there for a friend to share with the staff and it was like opening the floodgates, you never saw cake disappear so fast! It turned out that most of the trainers were ex-cons. Maybe they thought there was a file in it.
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    Sep 04, 2014 3:26 AM GMT
    Agreed with all that is said above except I thought that for bulking primary muscles (quads, chest, etc.) it was more like 6-8 reps as your target failure.

    Bottom line; you are paying him. If it's not working for you, say so. I want to learn from a trainer, not have gym class PTSD flashbacks.
  • sportsjockla

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    Sep 04, 2014 3:02 PM GMT
    He;s trying to train you, like he trains himself. Unless you are trying to be a bodybuilder, I see no reason to be pushed like that. If he's pushing you past your limit and your body is telling you, you can't do that, you'll probably get injured
  • madsexy

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    Sep 04, 2014 3:11 PM GMT
    ShiftyJK08 saidBottom line; you are paying him. If it's not working for you, say so. I want to learn from a trainer, not have gym class PTSD flashbacks.

    You must have had kick-ass gym class! WHOA! icon_eek.gif
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    Sep 04, 2014 3:29 PM GMT
    madsexy said
    ShiftyJK08 saidBottom line; you are paying him. If it's not working for you, say so. I want to learn from a trainer, not have gym class PTSD flashbacks.

    You must have had kick-ass gym class! WHOA! icon_eek.gif


    I went to Catholic school in the 80s. Our gym teacher was also the football coach. If you weren't a football player... you were the football.
  • mybud

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    Sep 04, 2014 4:16 PM GMT
    You're paying for a service...If your not satisfied, you need to tell him what you feel he's doing wrong. Why let him continue to over stack weight and you get injured in the process?
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    Sep 04, 2014 11:08 PM GMT
    Perhaps you two are not on the same page about your goals. Time for a talk?