Rather Unique Situation

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    Jul 31, 2009 5:35 AM GMT
    I have been corresponding with a guy I went to high school with who is a personal trainer. Tonight we talked and he told me he would help me out. He is in Florida and I am in New York, so we will be corresponding via email and phone.

    Has anyone else ever done this? Did it work out?
  • NYCguy74

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    Jul 31, 2009 12:16 PM GMT
    it could, there are some online sites that will generate a workout for you, so at least you have a human on the other side that can give you one on one interaction if you need it.

    the one drawback is that you have no one watching your form as you do the exercises. especially if you have never lifted weights before, there is a chance you could injure yourself by lifting incorrectly or using too much weight which will cause you to lift with the wrong form. You can also no isolate the muscles that you are supposed to be using, while not inherently harmful, it just not as productive.
    There are a few exercise sites with video of how to do things, but sometimes it's a lot to remember, especially when starting out.

    Most times you can ask a trainer at the gym a quick question or 2, but nothing more, unless you buy a session.

    once you get into heavier lifting, if you have a friend or can hire a local trainer for a couple weeks to help with form, that would be good, but above all else, just get into the gym and do it.
  • Matia79

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    Jul 31, 2009 12:20 PM GMT
    I've actually had some great success with clients who live out of town. However, it's always important to get instruction on new exercises to work on your form. I've met every one of my out-of-town clients at least once to go over form . . . and whenever we change the program and there's a new exercise I instruct them they MUST ask a trainer at their gym to show them the proper form or they risk injury. They know the rules and we have a verbal and written agreement in which this is a part of the deal.

    Good luck.
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    Jul 31, 2009 12:29 PM GMT
    A few guys here on RJ have done the same for me. Yes, it works as long as you have the motivation to hit the gym on your own.
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    Jul 31, 2009 1:03 PM GMT
    Many of the Weight Loss Challenge participants (although working mostly through online nutrition) have done the same and have done VERY well. It's do-able, you yourself have to put forth the ambition to get yourself in the gym.
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    Jul 31, 2009 3:51 PM GMT
    For your sake I hope you can actually stick to your plan this time.
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    Jul 31, 2009 5:52 PM GMT

    Yes.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Jul 31, 2009 11:23 PM GMT
    It's definitely possible, it's just harder. When I first began working out, I signed up for an online personal trainer, as a month of that cost less than a single session with someone in person. Every workout I'd input what I did, with how much weight, how hard it was, and ask question; he, in turn, would adjust my next workout, and answer everything I sent. Still, it was entirely up to me to figure out the instructions, learn the new exercises, and do it on my own with no one there watching me. You probably need a relatively high internal locus of control for such a plan to work; if you view yourself as in control of your own life, it's easier to force yourself to do something unpleasant which you know is good for you.