What should I do?

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    Nov 13, 2015 6:41 AM GMT
    I was having a very hard time finding a roommate recently. I got creative and offered the smaller room in my apartment for $275 a month to a personal trainer in exchange for training me 3 times a week. The guy who took me up on the offer has been here 11 days and only trained me once. He corrected my form and tested my one rep max so he could create a plan. He's not a personal trainer but the trainers who contacted me either couldn't read, therefore lost my respect, or were rude to me. He is very intelligent and accomplished. He could easily be a good trainer but he makes $120,000 a year so its understandable why he wouldn't take a pay cut for it. I've had two trainers in the past and he is better than both. He also wants to continue working out with me when he gets his own place, he had to move very quickly for his job and is waiting for his wife to come here before he gets a place for them. I'm not sure what to do. I don't need his money. He's only going to be here for two months until my good friend comes to add herself to the lease. I've been having a hard time finding a training partner since I work 3-10pm which makes my schedule hard for most people to work with. I refuse to pay the $80 an hour 24 hour fitness wants for a trainer. I actually like the guy personally and don't want to burn a bridge. I'm feeling disappointing and think this isn't working out. I don't want to overreact if its simply just a rough start.

    I am not looking for advice on whether or not I should want a workout partner or want the services of a personal trainer. Those are personal decisions that I have clearly already made for myself.
  • Bunjamon

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    Nov 13, 2015 6:54 AM GMT
    It sounds like the guy who is living with you (but why if he makes $120K a year?) would be crazy to give up his job to become a trainer. Despite the qualities you say would make him a good trainer.

    Are you looking for someone to help you with physical training, or just a workout buddy? Good trainers make themselves obsolete by teaching you to do things yourself, and you can get plenty of routines and meal plans online. Shell out some moola for some personal training sessions. You could easily find a trainer for less than $80/hour. But if you're looking for someone to help motivate you, you might be looking in the wrong place?
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    Nov 13, 2015 8:55 AM GMT
    Bunjamon saidAre you looking for someone to help you with physical training, or just a workout buddy? Good trainers make themselves obsolete by teaching you to do things yourself, and you can get plenty of routines and meal plans online. Shell out some moola for some personal training sessions. You could easily find a trainer for less than $80/hour. But if you're looking for someone to help motivate you, you might be looking in the wrong place?


    That also stood out to me. You don't need a trainer to start. There's so much info on the Internet, heck, on this very forum. If you don't feel motivated now, at what point do you think this will magically happen? Reach within icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 13, 2015 2:47 PM GMT
    I don't know why you'd trade off rent for his services as a trainer when he isn't a trainer. That's like saying you'd trade rent for somebody to do the plumbing but you didn't like any of the plumbers who came by so you moved in a crackhead because he had experience with pipes.
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    Nov 13, 2015 2:57 PM GMT
    DefensiveEnd saidI don't know why you'd trade off rent for his services as a trainer when he isn't a trainer. That's like saying you'd trade rent for somebody to do the plumbing but you didn't like any of the plumbers who came by so you moved in a crackhead because he had experience with pipes.


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    -Do you require the "trainer" to remain topless while you are home???
    Just join a BOX already.
  • LJay

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    Nov 13, 2015 10:15 PM GMT
    Sounds to me as though he is snookering you out of a cheap room for two months. Be sure teh he is gone exactly on time and chalk it up to experience. Do NOT fall for any stories about his wife being delayed, etc.
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    Nov 14, 2015 2:41 AM GMT
    DefensiveEnd saidI don't know why you'd trade off rent for his services as a trainer when he isn't a trainer. That's like saying you'd trade rent for somebody to do the plumbing but you didn't like any of the plumbers who came by so you moved in a crackhead because he had experience with pipes.

    LOL very funny and good point. Listen, if you are looking for a workout partner than look for a workout partner. if you are simply being cheap because you do not want to pay for someone to teach you how to workout. Then that is another issue. I think you should stop looking for a cheaper way out of this and pay $80 dollars for a trainer. If you want a workout buddy than look for one at your gym
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    Nov 14, 2015 4:57 AM GMT
    Well, I can't figure out what it is that you are asking. Possibly the other people in this puzzle also can't figure out what you want?

    I have tried offering lodging for work before. The only way it has ever panned out was when we kept track of hours specifically worked, in a notebook, and subtracted it quantitatively from the rent. (Or when the rent was subtracted from their pay, depending on the work/rent ratio.)
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    Nov 14, 2015 5:35 AM GMT
    LJay saidSounds to me as though he is snookering you out of a cheap room for two months. Be sure teh he is gone exactly on time and chalk it up to experience. Do NOT fall for any stories about his wife being delayed, etc.


    Thank you for your advice. I am going to ask him to leave by the first of December and chalk it up to experience. Thank you for your non judgmental advice.
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    Nov 14, 2015 5:38 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidWell, I can't figure out what it is that you are asking. Possibly the other people in this puzzle also can't figure out what you want?

    I have tried offering lodging for work before. The only way it has ever panned out was when we kept track of hours specifically worked, in a notebook, and subtracted it quantitatively from the rent. (Or when the rent was subtracted from their pay, depending on the work/rent ratio.)


    I would have been better off Having him sign a contract and specifying the exact date and times training would begin. I have a bad habit of seeing being assertive as being confrontational that clearly bit me in the ass lol. I wasn't asking a specific question. I have learned that some times when you put things out there you sometimes get unexpected wisdom. This time I got a lot of cattiness, save you and Ljay of course. Thank you for replying.
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    Nov 14, 2015 6:01 AM GMT
    Are you normally a floor mat?

    Get it in writing, unless he trains you naked!icon_wink.gif