What do personal trainers do exactly?(Few questions)

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    Jul 22, 2009 8:27 AM GMT
    All I can Think of is a 6ft man screaming"RAWR!!!! I'M GOING TO KICK YOUR ASS INTO SHAPE!!! AND YOU'RE GOING TO LOVE IT!!! LOVE IT!!! RAWR!!!!!!!!!!!" are they really that mean??


    Is there a special school people go to to become a fitness trainer? or do you just read some books and take a computer test?


    How much are fitness trainers/personal trainers?

    How many times a week do I have to see him/her?

    is it worth the money??


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    Jul 22, 2009 8:31 AM GMT
    umm

    okay, no, they don't scream at you... or at least, most don't.

    your paying for a mountain of knowledge (hopefully) someone to keep you motivated and someone to be there to help you.

    A personal trainer isn't just to drop the weight into your hand and say "here do this" they attempt to inspire you to reach your goals, they help you get there by showing you how and what to do for your self, if you become stuck, they attempt to help you overcome the problem/s you might be having.

    are they worth it? for me, yes, I've one I go see once a week, mainly to break things up and he keeps stuff interesting and there is some stuff I just wouldn't do without him.

    they aren't expensive mines like 85 dollars for an hour session and he's well worth every penny.

    And yes, you go study to be a personal trainer, the internet tests that you can take to be a PT aren't worth the paper they are printed on!
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    Jul 22, 2009 11:32 AM GMT
    Try googling on "become a personal trainer" or try "personal training certification".

    Most chain gyms REQUIRE a NASM cert.
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    Jul 22, 2009 12:41 PM GMT
    You 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

    http://www.stevecurran.net/

    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 icon_sad.gif

    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
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    Jul 22, 2009 1:21 PM GMT
    I use a personal trainer and have done so for a bout 4 months now. My personal trainer helps me to keep good form. Most people who are novices and 'do it on their own" dont realize how bad form they are keeping which results in no muscle gains. My trainer was really strict with me when I was doing something wrong. He let me know the different things I was doing that I needed to be aware of and avoid doing. For example, I didnt keep my elbows closed in and close to my body when doing curls. I didnt realize that I let them come out in front of my body too much. Another thing he pointed out was that I was wiggling my back and neck sometimes when I would push my last few reps. He cautioned me on doing that. That is the kind of stuff I found beneficial from a personal trainer.

    He also gives me enough ideas and different ways to work the same body parts so I can keep 'changing it up."

    I have had the best gains since getting a PT. I highly reccomend it.
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    Jul 22, 2009 1:25 PM GMT
    Just like a doctor or mechanic ... interview them and make sure there is a fit. If there isn't - quit them and move on to the next one. It took some time, but I've been really fortunate to have found two great trainers at the gyms I've belonged to.

    My current PT is worth every dollar spent. She motivates me, educates me and pushes me further than I think I should be able to go. I work with her once or twice a week in the gym, and since we have the same interests and compete in some of the same tri's - we've been running and biking together at least twice a week on top of strength training. End of August, I am running the Chicago Tri with her and her husband as a relay team ...
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    Jul 22, 2009 2:23 PM GMT
    My trainer is NASM-certified, and I pay $89 per session. I see him twice a week. Started with him in January to lose weight. He's helped me with my nutrition and a workout plan that we change up about every 4-6 weeks - as I reach new goals and levels, he adjusts what I'm doing.

    I needed this level of accountability in the beginning, as well as the instruction on the equipment and weights. My safety is always top of his mind - when I started training I was coming off of a serious knee surgery. I feel like a trainer was a real necessity for me (and my personality type) as I started this journey. If you find a good one, I wholeheartedly recommend it.
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    Jul 22, 2009 5:56 PM GMT
    Anyone can be a personal trainer. Just memorize the answers to the test. And wait for your certification in the mail. I float around to different 24 Hour Fitness locations and it's pretty obvious which of the trainers are just there for a paycheck. The problem is, finding a personal trainer that really cares about what they do. And finding one that knows what they're doing.

    Are they worth the money? Assuming you found a good trainer and if you're a total gym newbie, yes. Personal trainers are great for helping you get started. They can teach you proper form and exercise techniques. But eventually you should ween yourself away and go on your own. But if your wallet can handle it, then go ahead and continue to use a trainer.
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    Jul 22, 2009 6:15 PM GMT
    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

    http://www.stevecurran.net/

    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 icon_sad.gif

    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.
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    Jul 22, 2009 6:26 PM GMT
    lenoxx saidWhat do personal trainers do exactly?


    I've come to learn that most will do anything you want them to ... for the right price.
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    Jul 22, 2009 6:31 PM GMT
    Chucky is right. STAY AWAY FROM FATTIES AND YOUNG PEOPLE. I know I am 24 and a trainer but I see so many fuck-ups at the gym "training" people just because they face-rolled a key-board at the ACE exam. I would suggest no one under 23-24 really. If you get a 20-22 know that it is a college intern who is a kines or exercise science kid who is doing it for credit, a job, or for fun. At least with 23-24 year olds you know they have at minimum 1-2 years of practice if they came with a college degree.

    Trainers aren't meant to be mean or carebear, they are meant to push you beyond your limits, that is what is nice. Find one who will do that in a way you like and make sure he or she is NASM. ACE is fine but I am starting to hate this organization as our last fitness expo an "expert" actually told a large crowd of us instructors that being too "fit" is intimidating to participants. We need to appear more real. I checked to make sure I got my credit for that session and left. I was very sad to hear such a statement.
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    Jul 22, 2009 7:29 PM GMT
    I think that it's a huge waste of money for something you could do a little research and learn all by yourself.

    The number one thing a trainer does is that he gets you to go to the gym and he makes you do something when you get there. But, he won't be with you forever.

    In the end, you've gotta want it badly enough to work very hard, and consistently.
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    Jul 22, 2009 8:16 PM GMT
    Very few personal trainers will yell at you like a drill sergeant ... unless they Were a drill sergeant

    and to answer what they do? .... that's going to depend on what you Want them to do
    They are supposed to help you get into shape
    whether that's adding muscle
    get healthier
    or lose weight

    If they do that they are good if not they ain't worth the money you pay them
    The going rate for Personal trainers here in Miami is 60 dollars a session and up
    and to get anything out of it you;ll have to see them about twice a week

    is it worth the money? Depends on how much money and having a good body is worth to you
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    Jul 22, 2009 8:30 PM GMT

    "My current PT is worth every dollar spent. She motivates me, educates me and pushes me further than I think I should be able to go. ... [/quote]

    If you're a self motivator, you DON'T need a trainer. Most people are NOT self motivated, and need to be pushed, challenged or kicked in the arse, from time to time. My trainer definiatly does that for me. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 23, 2009 7:38 PM GMT
    Webster666 saidI think that it's a huge waste of money for something you could do a little research and learn all by yourself.

    The number one thing a trainer does is that he gets you to go to the gym and he makes you do something when you get there. But, he won't be with you forever.

    In the end, you've gotta want it badly enough to work very hard, and consistently.


    There's some merit to what you say here, but, how many trophies and medals do you have?

    When I trained with Sagi, he showed me things I never had even though of, much less researched. I took the best of what I learned from my research, Sagi, Jesse, years of training, and a few other folks, and applied to my situation.

    In my case, what Sagi did was helped me know what to expect, and how to do the little things that got the trophy.

    I know that some folks use their trainers as pysch sessions. If they have the money, then, so be it.

    I'm VERY self-motivated. That's always been my way. Don't need no stinking trainer to get me to do a few extra reps. I just need my music player and to be left alone. (You see the results.)

    Do I use a trainer for everyday training? Nope. Don't need it. For national level competition, though, I need my entourage. Usually one, or two trainers, someone to help with the routine, posing, pics, and someone to make sure I've gotten that last hair off my back. The entourage picks up the details I missed, and makes sure things go smoothly. You might say the entourage is an extra level of expertise, and comfort, that inspires me to do well, and increases my confidence. I even get someone else to drive so all I have to do is worry about the event.
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    Jul 24, 2009 3:19 AM GMT
    Is this a real question? Is it not self explanatory? A personal trainer would be someone who trains and equips you and your ability in a one on one setting which makes it by definition personal. How many times you would need to be trained would be your personal motivation to achieve whatever goal you desire. Of course it's worth the money if you can't achieve your goals w/out some sort of professional training!