How to find a Trainer at a remote area like Ithaca?

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    Feb 03, 2010 2:01 AM GMT
    I am stranded for school in this little city at upstate NY called Ithaca. My workout plans haven't proven very successful and that's because when I begin working out, a month later I slowly begin to quit till I completely quit. Most of my friends from the big apple (NYC) who were into similar situations are suggesting to me to find a trainer. My physique has gotten worse than all the years collectively. One thing I have going for me, is that I eat healthy but I do not work out. (also, one other problem the university has fitness classes that meet weekly but it is all-women... NO MOTIVATION there... LOL + they are already worked out and toned that they can do the aerobic, cardio exercises that they do in these sessions). I need to start from zero.

    But (I am already phrasing this as an obstacle) in a remote town like this one, where shall I look to find one?

    How much do they cost? What's the benefit if they are certified or they aren't?

    I can afford about $50 a week for 10 weeks. I was hoping I could break it down by meeting with him twice a week for $25 each time. Or perhaps once per week for $50. Is that too much or too little?

    Also, logistical issues... I have membership at the gym at school, do I have to buy them membership to help me work out? or do they buy it themselves? or gyms generally allow trainers? How does this work?

    I will strongly appreciate any advice I can get. If you happen to be from the area and happen to know anyone who knows someone (it is really remote) who is a personal trainer I'd like to contact them.

    cheers
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    Feb 03, 2010 10:27 AM GMT
    Try contacting your school's Athletic Dept. they may have some information for you. There is also the option of "checking out" local gyms; some trainers post their information there. Maybe checking online or the yellow pages.....


    Good luck!
  • DCEric

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    Feb 03, 2010 1:18 PM GMT
    Ithaca is not remote. Google can answer this question for you. Here is a simple search, "personal trainers in Ithaca"

    Clicky
  • Timbales

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    Feb 03, 2010 1:20 PM GMT
    I've got a friend from volleyball who lives down there. I'll ask him where he goes and who he uses for you.
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    Feb 04, 2010 1:35 AM GMT
    @ Gaymedes
    I got in contact with them and the first appointment they could give me was in late April. The semester ends in May. So yeah go figure. I am out of here by then.

    @ DCEric
    That was my first trial before I even got to post on RJ. However, the gyms are way too far (couple miles away from the campus), accessible only by car (just like every other small city in the US you have to drive to go places, especially the gym loll), and lastly you have to pay membership to their gym in order to take advantage of their training programs.

    I've considered doing it by walking the 3 miles to that gym and back every other day but Ithaca's weather is brutal till april. Then again, if I have the motivation to walk 6 miles every other day, why can't it be somewhere hiking in the woods?

    The bus is another option but that adds an additional cost of $3 of commute every time with inconvenient schedule. I have calculated the cost, but there is no opportunity benefit whatsoever to even consider a gym outside the university. The cost is way way too much than what I can afford. I already have a membership to Cornell's fitness centers and all I'd need is a guy to come workout with me. If I have to pay his membership, at this point, I would gladly do it. There is way more opportunity benefit there. I am a full-time grad student with a lot on my plate, I do not want to spend time agonizing how to get to the gym as much as how much I want to get out of a good work out.

    Ithaca is remote, it is a sad story but I do strongly appreciate the "clicky" link it was really cute, made me chuckle!! :-)

    @ Timberoo
    WOW -- that would be awesome!!
  • danisnotstr8

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    Feb 04, 2010 1:38 AM GMT
    Ithaca University AND Cornell are there. If you can't find a university student at one of those two places who would train you, then you may as well give up on your degree. Be resourceful, young Jedi warrior.
  • danisnotstr8

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    Feb 04, 2010 1:40 AM GMT
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    Feb 04, 2010 1:55 AM GMT
    @ danisnotstr8
    Their next available appointment for a trainer is in April. Semester ends in May.

    but how do I find a fellow student? do I go up to them at the locker room when they are naked "hi, I am looking for a trainer, on your free time would you like to train me?" or while they are pumping heavy weights? See, these are the kinds of things I want to ask you guys…
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    Feb 04, 2010 2:22 AM GMT
    I spent a summer in Cortland, working for NCR / ATT. I trained at a gym there, and had a great time. I played ice hockey all up and down the I81 there, too. I had a BLAST. I'm not sure I'd call Ithaca remote, but, that's your perception. If you've ever been in The Plains States, most places are much more remote.

    There are trainers in Ithaca, I assure you, but, you should be able to find a friend, or do it on your own.

    Most experienced folks are willing to lend a hand, if you show proper decorum. Almost any gym has trainers, too.

    Don't use not having a trainer as a plan for failure. You'll figure something out.

    Just FYI, I'm from Wood Lake, NE (actually, 32 miles south of there, on a cattle ranch). I went 32 miles to grade school; 71 miles to high school (in Ainsworth). I went 140 miles to college (Norfolk). In each of those places, I managed to EXCEL in my training. I've lived away from home since the age of 13. You'll need to become a bit more self-sufficient as you go along. The saying goes: where there's a will, there's a way. I never had a trainer until I started working with Sagi Kalev (the world's most famous fitness model) in 2006.

    If you want it, you'll find a way.
  • danisnotstr8

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    Feb 04, 2010 2:23 AM GMT
    readr said@ danisnotstr8
    Their next available appointment for a trainer is in April. Semester ends in May.

    but how do I find a fellow student? do I go up to them at the locker room when they are naked "hi, I am looking for a trainer, on your free time would you like to train me?" or while they are pumping heavy weights? See, these are the kinds of things I want to ask you guys…


    Just do it the old-fashioned way. Post a sign with your contact info at the fitness center.
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    Feb 04, 2010 2:27 AM GMT
    Googling on personal trainers in Ithaca NY, I found over 82,800 hits. Clearly, that's a place to start.

    Here's the top few, in case you haven't used Google.

    Finger Lakes Fitness‎unstarred - more info »
    171 East State Street,, Ithaca, NY‎ - (607) 256-3532‎
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    "Reach your health and fitness goals safely and efficiently with personal ..."‎
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    Curves‎unstarred - more info »
    134 Cecil Malone Drive, Ithaca, NY‎ - (607) 256-2977‎
    Category: Services - Personal Trainers
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    The Pilates Room‎unstarred - more info »
    310 Taughannock Boulevard, Ithaca, NY‎ - (607) 330-0957‎
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    Aerobics Woman Pilates‎unstarred - more info »
    113 Randolph Road, Ithaca, NY‎ - (607) 257-4547‎
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    Curves‎unstarred - more info »
    1939 East Shore Drive, Lansing, NY‎ - (607) 533-7526‎
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    Littlefield's Personal Training‎unstarred - more info »
    123 East State Street, Ithaca, NY‎ - (607) 227-6932‎
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    Brad Walworth Strength & Conditioning‎unstarred - more info »
    1878 Slaterville Road, Ithaca, NY‎ - (607) 277-0355‎
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    Competitors Edge‎unstarred - more info »
    145 Yaple Road, Ithaca, NY‎ - (607) 275-0275‎
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    Power and Performance - Strength & Conditioning and Fitness‎unstarred - more info »
    145 Yaple Road, Ithaca, NY‎ - (845) 866-3199‎
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    Dynamic Conditioning‎unstarred - more info »
    127 West Falls Street, Ithaca, NY‎ - (607) 272-4926‎
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    Feb 04, 2010 2:39 AM GMT
    @ chuckystud

    If there is a will there is a way, you are very right. However, I can remind myself that for a month and then it just goes away. I get it, ephemerally.

    Thank you for posting all the results. I've checked them out but most of the places on that list are closed down or consolidated to an area where rent is cheap for these businesses to survive. They know that if you can afford to go to the gym, you can afford to have a car and drive to the gym. Their trainers will not come to my gym. I don't have a car. I've explained that process to another post.

    As others have suggested, I need to find a friend to do this with. But non of my friends are fit nor do they care about their fitness. We all eat healthy, though, cook at home and buy locally. lol...

    but I like all the ideas... I have to convince myself that this is it. Commitment is what I have to go for!!

    Why were you in Cortland?
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    Feb 04, 2010 3:22 AM GMT
    As I said, above:
    I spent a summer in Cortland, working for NCR / ATT. I trained at a gym there, and had a great time. I played ice hockey all up and down the I81 there, too. I had a BLAST. I'm not sure I'd call Ithaca remote, but, that's your perception. If you've ever been in The Plains States, most places are much more remote.

    ATT and NCR are technology companies.
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    Feb 04, 2010 3:39 AM GMT
    I didnt know NYC was called the Big Apple. ... icon_rolleyes.gif
  • DCEric

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    Feb 04, 2010 1:06 PM GMT
    chuckystud said If you've ever been in The Plains States, most places are much more remote.


    To me that's not even remote. I'm talking rural Nepal, Cambodia. That is remote. If you can physically get yourself to a gym within, oh say an hour, it isn't remote.
  • Timbales

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    Feb 04, 2010 1:25 PM GMT
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    @ Timberoo
    WOW -- that would be awesome!! [/quote]

    My friend recommends Dusty at Island Health and Fitness.He knows of another person that trains from their home, I'll see if I can get his information and PM you.
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    Feb 04, 2010 1:30 PM GMT
    http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=ithaca+personal+trainer&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8
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    Feb 04, 2010 3:52 PM GMT
    DCEric said
    chuckystud said If you've ever been in The Plains States, most places are much more remote.


    To me that's not even remote. I'm talking rural Nepal, Cambodia. That is remote. If you can physically get yourself to a gym within, oh say an hour, it isn't remote.


    I'd drive to that gym for an hour. But I don't have a car. If you don't have a car in the US --- everything is remote... it is a car-gas-guzzling-country.
  • DCEric

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    Feb 04, 2010 4:05 PM GMT
    readr said
    DCEric said
    chuckystud said If you've ever been in The Plains States, most places are much more remote.


    To me that's not even remote. I'm talking rural Nepal, Cambodia. That is remote. If you can physically get yourself to a gym within, oh say an hour, it isn't remote.


    I'd drive to that gym for an hour. But I don't have a car. If you don't have a car in the US --- everything is remote... it is a car-gas-guzzling-country.


    True enough, but look to the campus gyms and track down someone with flyers.
  • bijockmuscle

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    Feb 04, 2010 4:06 PM GMT
    just go to Ithaca Fitness...thats where i used to workout when i was in Ithaca