Personal trainers- worth it?

  • beaujangle

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    Jan 02, 2010 12:09 PM GMT
    This is a question for those with personal trainers in gym: Would you say that it is worth it and are you happy with the results? I understand it's quite a bit that they charge .....
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    Jan 02, 2010 12:25 PM GMT
    you know what's even more worth it??????????????????

    The search function
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    Jan 02, 2010 1:05 PM GMT
    If you have the money it's worth it to do it for a little while. Maybe a month or two. As long as they're good personal trainers that is. They can get you great results, show you proper technique (which can reduce injuries and give you better gains). They can teach you a ton about training if you ask them questions, get you some motivation (if you've hit a plateau). But like I said, it depends on your financial situation.
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    Jan 02, 2010 1:57 PM GMT
    if u have the $ its worth it, for 2 years i payed 75$ a day 3 times a week, theres cheaper ones but they were amazing and its not just motivation to get a good work out but also to make it to the gym so u dont lose 75$ and sometimes their hot and curious which helps
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jan 02, 2010 2:15 PM GMT
    The answer isn't a "blanket yes or no"... it all depends on the person, what they are trying to achieve and the location.

    I think trainers are good in primarily 2 areas..... 1) Those who are being introduced to the gym, working out and need help with becoming familiar
    with the equipment. and

    2) Those who are wanting to reach a specific goal or need help with motivation, someone to consistently feed them input and the like.
    I have questions from time to time although only one of the trainers at the YMCA are ACE certified, which is what I'm studying on the side...... they are all certified, but just not with ACE.
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    Jan 02, 2010 4:43 PM GMT
    Buffhunk64 saidSpeaking as a personal trainer with five nationally recognized certifications, I would submit that I am not just a trainer, but a teacher. It is my goal to teach my clients the proper way to workout to avoid injuries, attain a goal, life a healthier life. I tell each of my clients that in three or four years, I don't care if they even remember they had me as their trainer as long as they remember what I teach them. If you look at the prices for taking class at a university or college and compare it to three or four months worth of training the prices are comparable. Again, not all trainers are created equal. Shop around, ask your friends, ask the people at the gym you workout at. They will know the good trainers.

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  • Puppy80

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    Jan 02, 2010 6:37 PM GMT
    When I first started going back to the gym, I got talked into hiring a personal trainer. At first I was embarrassed because I couldn't do a lot of reps, or with heavy weight. But my trainer was great. He was patient, and pushed me but not to far. With his help I was able to drop about 40 pounds. Alas, my financial times got a little tight and I choose not to renew with him. Thought now with things improving for me, I'm thinking about going again.

    You can't think of it as spending money, think of it as investing in your health and future.
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    Jan 02, 2010 6:42 PM GMT

    But you have to check the creditials of the PT and make sure you have one with proper education.

    A good PT will get you to your goals. They are money well spent. The good health you will get in return is worth so much more than the money you will spend.

    Also, without your health, you are going to spend that money on medical issues and be sick, while you could spend it on the PT and being enjoying a healthy life. ...duh!, that's a no brainer ... icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 02, 2010 6:42 PM GMT
    It's definitely worth it to me, because without my trainer, paid in advance, waiting there for me at the gym, I'd never go. And, even if I did go to the gym alone, I certainly wouldn't work myself as hard as my trainer does.
  • sportsjockla

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    Jan 02, 2010 7:17 PM GMT
    I'm a personal trainer, and I would say yes, it's worth it. :-)

    If you are not getting results at the gym, a trainer can not only keep you from getting bored, but also take you to that next step. Let's face it, we spend $1000's on our cars n such, why not on a PT to look good?
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    Jan 02, 2010 7:57 PM GMT
    Definitely.....motivates you, creative exercises, keeps changing schedules......i lost 30 pounds with a PT and right now i am where i wanna be...just working out to get more ripped and toned but i got the base from the PT.
  • gary954

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    Jan 02, 2010 10:22 PM GMT
    Yeah they are worth it, but make sure you check them out. anyone can be a personal trainer, One afternoon in a classroom and a test can get you a certificate. Alot of these guys you see in the gym don't know what the hell they are doing. They act like the have a college degree. Just becareful who you hire.
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    Jan 02, 2010 10:39 PM GMT
    Getting a trainer is worth it - shop around and check their credentials. Make sure they are certified with a reputable group. Don't be afraid to ask questions. I would rather someone ask me so they know what they are paying for. My PT certification is with AFPA and I had to study for almost 4 months and take a very lengthy tough written and practical exam! You had to pass with a 95 or better. It's worth it! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 02, 2010 10:47 PM GMT
    Its worth it if you find a compatible PT. Its like looking for a husband. A fun game icon_lol.gif As all previous posted suggested -- do good research and go through interview process.

    Good luck
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    Jan 02, 2010 10:49 PM GMT
    lilTanker said
    The search function

    OH>>>>> BURN!

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    Jan 02, 2010 11:17 PM GMT
    It is worth it!!!! As a trainer myself, I can offer an unbiased comment. Those whom seek out training are typically looking for a result that they themselves are unable to achieve. It may be weight loss, hypertrophy, sport specific, endurance, flexibility, medical can be $$$$, and depending on the trainer results are often seen by the client.

    HOWEVER----success also depends on the client! the client must be willing to put effort in on their own, unless they plan on training 5 days per week, for instance, if a client is looking to gain muscle mass (hypertrophy) the trainer will set them through a program combining endurance, weight, and negative training on a periodized schedule. But if the client ONLY relies on the trainer for results it may take considerably longer to build the muscles and achieve results.

    A good trainer will be very diverse in their training skill set as well as the client base that they hold, regardless of their certification! For myself, my clients range from 20 years to 70 years of age and from hypertrophy, weight loss, post-rehab, to general conditioning.

    Certs are important, the top ones (in my opinion) are American Council on Exercise(ACE), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength & Conditioning Association(NSCA) and National Academy of Sports Medicine(NASM), most major health clubs and chains will require one of the above of their trainers.

    All of the above require extensive skills and practicals along with the certifying exam. And they offer multiple certs, Special Populations, Weight Management, Performance, and Corrective Exercise to name a few.

    Stay away from trainers with online certs such as ISSA, Coopers, ASFA, ExpertRatting, as they are considerably less credible.

  • Celticmusl

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    Jan 02, 2010 11:19 PM GMT
    PT's are worth it, if you really want to improve and have specific heatlh and fitness goals. I work at a gym, and most often the biggest complaints from the PTs(other than the incessant whining that some clients make) would be that they can't really challenge someone if the client doesn't have a well established goal. Losing 5 pounds is easy....losing 10 pounds of fat and adding ten pounds of muscles is daunting. You need to challenge your PT with your goals.

    Depending on how often you need a PT, it might cost almost as much as a cigarette habit. I think that puts it into perspective.

    I just bought an iPhone-iTouch app called Fitness Builder, from Pumpone. The app has hundreds of detailed exercises as well as hundreds of already created work outs. I love it because often when I get to the gym I run out of exercises to confuse my muscles. This app keeps my muscles guessing, no matter if it just working out at home using my body weight resistance, or a stretch workout, or just using dumbbells for an entire workout. I suggest this app for the more established work-out aficionado.
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    Jan 12, 2010 10:42 PM GMT
    My personal trainer doesn't charge me all that much because he's a friend. Yeah, a personal trainer is definitely worth it.