MsclDrew saidYou can get the tough love type of PT that screams and roars at you if that's what you want....
I had one for six months when I first started working out, I remember think just how damn intimidatingly scary he looked when I first met him.....this guy
He was great though, I haven't had another one since tried a couple out but all that seems available are the gym employed sort the offer the same cookie cutter program to everyone, (are often out of shape themselves) and I have to keep reminding them of my name
I also took fitness classes with a friend of mine this tiny 110lb cheerleader...MAN she was insanely sadistic, she looked like the wimpiest girl in the world but was actually the most hardcore girl I have ever met
Steve eats good.
Here's a good rule in picking a trainer: if the trainer is a fat ass, probably not the best trainer. If the trainer is less than 25, probably not the best trainer, because almost always they have little or no experience of their own. If a trainer looks anorexic, probably not the best idea. If a trainer treats you badly, it's probably not a good idea.
I've had two trainers over the years, both who became good personal friends, and help me step it up a level each time.
Sagi Kalev, the most photographed fitness model of all time, and an amazing guy in every facet of his life, and one of the neatest people I know. http://www.sagikalev.com
Sagi taught me about every little trick there is to know about competitive bodybuilders. I knew I had arrived when Sagi offered to train me for free. Sagi give me the confidence to walk on stage in less than my underwear and know that I was ready. I get a bit embarrassed when I go to a public event and Sagi comes around and starts hugging me. LOL. Sagi is AMAZING!
Jesse Leyva, a guy who's amazingly positive, and like the EverReady Bunny. http://www.jessejamesfit.com/
Jesse understands people, and is overwhelmingly positive and also understand posing like noone else I've ever met. Jesse and his wife (Brandy) are good friends of mine. Jessie is AMAZING!
In both cases, I feel I'm much the better off for not going at it alone. I got my first trainer after 30 years of training. They taught me the subculture that is national-level competitive bodybuilding, and were worth every bit of time I spent with them.
There's a calmness, and confidence, that any advanced athlete knows, that comes from knowing you're ready. In my case, my trainers helped me get there. Nothing like "being in the zone" and knowing it.
I'm personally not a big fan of some of the NASM training methods. I see many trainers applying what NASM has shown them in the worst possible scenarios such as with overweight folks and the elderly. Folks have to be able to crawl, before they can walk, or run. Some of the trainers are just CLUELESS as can be.
One thing that I've talked to VPs about is trainers who don't pick up their weights. There's no excuse for it, and I've called more than one trainer for setting a horrible example.
As a sponsored bodybuilder, I haven't had to pay my trainers. It's been a great ride.