A fitness dilema

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    Jul 14, 2009 7:40 AM GMT
    Hi guys,

    I'd be interested to get an opinion from guys here, especially those who have used personal trainers in the past (or those who are personal trainers).

    At the moment I am using a personal trainer once per week, however he has offered three sessions per week for £200 per month (which is pretty good value in London). Since he works from a home gym I could feasibly give up my gym membership and workout at home one or two days a week, if I was to take up his offer.

    Alternatively, there is a fantastic gym nearby offering membership for £90 per month (which for a decent gym in London is pretty reasonable). They have a wide variety of classes and more than enough equipment.

    I can't really afford to do both at this point in time, so do you think that I would get the most benefit out of membership at a really good gym or personal training three times per week?
  • Timbales

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    Jul 14, 2009 12:17 PM GMT
    It depends on your specific need. Do you feel you get more out of a workout with the trainer than on your own? Do you feel more motivated? Are you getting good results?
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    Jul 14, 2009 12:27 PM GMT
    I would recommend the personal trainer. A PT will provide you will guidance on exercise, your form, and be able to observe any physical problems, such as range of motion issues and lack of strength symmetry. The PT will train you up on working out properly, keep you motivated, and help you really attain your goals.. Some PTs are also knowledgeable about nutrition. After having a PT for a while, then I would say you should be able to return to a gym on your own with your new knowledge.
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    Jul 14, 2009 4:37 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidIt depends on your specific need. Do you feel you get more out of a workout with the trainer than on your own? Do you feel more motivated? Are you getting good results?


    Oddly I feel as if I get more out of a workout on my own, however I am definitely getting great results with my trainer, though the sessions feel less intense.

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    Jul 14, 2009 5:42 PM GMT
    I am using a personal trainer right now and find that the benefit is phenomenal. He is making me realize all the mistakes that I make when working out on my own ( for example my lack of adherence to form). I have the best results since signing up with a personal trainer. I reccomend it.

  • EricLA

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    Jul 14, 2009 8:06 PM GMT
    One thing you might consider is paying for the gym, but use the trainer to put together a workout program for you. Workout with him 2-3 sessions to make sure you know how to do the exercises properly. Then, every 3 months or so, go back and get a new program from him. Best of both worlds.
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    Jul 14, 2009 9:57 PM GMT
    I'd want to know what kind of long term committment was involved. Would you have to sign up at the gym for a year? Would you be able to qut the trainer after a month or two if it wasn't for you?
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    Jul 27, 2009 10:18 PM GMT
    It all depends on what you want to get out of it. I have spent thousands and thousands of dollars on a personal trainer until recently.

    Consider it like building a house - you invest a lot in the building process to get the house you want. After that, it's maintenance. If you are spending the same amount on maintenance that you did when building the house, it can be counterproductive.

    I recently went from working out with my trainer 4 days a week over the last few years to one week every 4-6 weeks so he can put me on a new program.

    I am actually enjoying working out on my own and using it to clear my mind. I am sure at some point I might go back to working out with him more, but I am actually seeing great results through new motivation while working out by myself.

    However, if you NEED the extra motivation and you can afford it, workout with the trainer as much as you can to become more educated at the very least. That is what I gained the most of over the last few years - learning how to eat/workout correctly.


    Just my experience....
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    Jul 27, 2009 10:27 PM GMT
    Seems like good advice from here.