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Have you ever worked with a personal trainer?

It is often recommended that people work with a certified personal trainer when they are learning how to perform strength training excises. While a trainer can definitely help you learn your way around the gym, just a single session can be pricey. So...

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midnightowl midnightowl 9 years
I had a trial session with a trainer once, and the whole time, she was sneering at me for being shorter, but weighing more than she does.
redsilkshoes redsilkshoes 9 years
I'm a certified PT myself but work in the fitness industry anyways, teaching aerobics as opposed to training clients. We get a complimentary session with the PT's at the gym so I'll be doing it for a different perspective. It's nice to get all viewpoints. Plus the Pt's refer some clients to our classes (esp my pilates class, I'm hard!). I've PT'd with a trainer numerous times in the past.
massagegirl massagegirl 9 years
My husband and I are considering joint sessions with a trainer every couple of weeks so that we can help each other too. His boss has been working with a trainer and has lost over 30 pounds and he is looking really great!
floweroflove floweroflove 9 years
no, but i would like 2 have 1 :)
fjaril fjaril 9 years
I love my trainer. I haven't been able to go to the gym over the last few months after foot and leg surgery, but he made up some workouts I can do at home on the ball/seated so I can get some work done while I'm at phys therapy. It is a tad expensive, but my husband and I decided if there is one thing we should splurge on it is the gym and our health. That's just something to keep you happy and healthy.
flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
you really really really have ask the right questions, some guys at the gym are just salespeople who happened to play football or workout alot. i worked out (and dated) a trainer for awhile and working out with him and then working with other trainers made me realize the importance of ensuring that your not being trained by just some buff guy off the street
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 9 years
i got some training sessions with my gym membership, but i didn't really get on with my trainer. i got the vibe that she felt she had other things she'd rather do. if i need advice it's easier (& cheaper) to ask my brother who's a trainer.
the-clam the-clam 9 years
I work out with a trainer twice a week at a nearby park. I lost 25 pounds and kept it off since we started working out 2 1/2 years ago. Nothing gets me out of bed for a morning workout like knowing someone will be knocking on your door at 7 am. She taught me about strength training, running, stretching, we do yoga, pilates, plyometrics, we talk about what I'm struggling with (usually food) and afterward I always feel better and stronger. I've belonged to a gym for 14 years but only personal training made a difference for me. Sad, but true...
JennTE JennTE 9 years
I only lift weights with a trainer (twice a week for an hour each time). It's been the best thing I've ever done. It costs me a very nice car payment every month (which really hurts), but it's been worth it. My trainer reinvents my workout nearly every time in small ways and in major ways every 4-6 weeks. She's pushed me in ways I never thought possible and I am way stronger than I could have imagined. I could have stopped working out with her, cut it to once a week, or once a month for a maintenance check-in, but I really enjoy having a professional be in charge of my workouts. I ask her a ton of questions, especially about positioning, and she's been just great. She charts my hikes and aerobics when I am not with her, so I have that accountability, too. When I was doing all of it myself, I spent so much time reading and trying to come up with a great plan. Now, she takes over the planning, so all I have to do is the exercise.
bizzybee bizzybee 9 years
It's great. Really helps you learn better breathing, positioning and they generally challenge you to try new activities and to push beyond your limit.
angelka angelka 9 years
I just started with a trainer awhile back. She is fantastic. I was a total fitness newbie but she keeps me so motivated and excited about working out. Plus I work out at the YMCA and if you buy 5 sessions at once it is $30 a session!! The trainer is also important to me, since it motivates me that someone is at the gym waiting for me. It also just makes me comfortable with being a person who works out -- I just feel more confident at the gym -- now I also attend classes. I think an important thing is to find a great fit. If someone seems off, just end it immediately. But I love it!!
sweet_potato sweet_potato 9 years
way too expensive for me
Lavinie Lavinie 9 years
i used to have a trainer. He wasn't from a gym, but a private one, and i really like working with him. he was great to talk to and he really pushed me when i didn't want to do anymore. you sometimes feel like you keep needing them, but once you've been with them for a while, you kinda learn what you can do for yourself. i think the best part of a trainer is that he's not just a friend that you might cancel on, so you will definitley show up!
rubialala rubialala 9 years
I used to before I had a kid and now I can't afford it! Fortunately I can take what I learned an apply it to my life. Unfortunately, I don't have the discipline that he gave me. It was awesome and I loved being held accountable.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
i did for awhile because i wanted to properly learn how to workout. it worked, for awhile, but i got lazy and then i kinda forgot all i had learned. i'm better off doing workout videos by myself (i especially love the self ones) or working out at the gym with a friend.
sw2190 sw2190 9 years
wish i could
tidesong tidesong 9 years
My physiotherapist taught me some things to do on gym machines. So that I got personal training on even if its not what you usually think of.
melanie-RN melanie-RN 9 years
I worked with one once. He was part of my initial gym membership. He was basically satan in spandex. He didn't take into account my current fitness level or preferences. He had me doing old fashioned calesthenics, which I hadn't gone since grade school, and I was very much out of shape. When I started dry heaving, he just stood there and looked at me, and told me to keep going. He had me doing things way above my fitness level. But I guess you gotta love Gold's Gym, huh ;)
tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 9 years
I never had a personal trainer. I motivate myself to get my butt moving.
CillaB8 CillaB8 9 years
Everyone has a different motivational style. I always exercised better when I played sports and had a coach there pushing me, so I started working with a personal trainer after college because I was really overweight. Plus, I had not idea about weight/strength training, which is so important for balanced exercise. It is really expensive, but I consider it an investment in me and my health. And it has definitely been worth it. You can always start with a newer trainer at a gym that may not have as many clients and charge as much. I have found that the trainers are really loyal to their long-term customers, and mine has kept my costs down as I've continued to work with him.
Stacey-Cakes Stacey-Cakes 9 years
I used to love working with a trainer, but unfortunately my cash flow is a little low for that right now. Hopefully I will be able to get another soon!!
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
I had a few sessions with one at my gym, but it was not a good experience — he didn't explain the rationale behind what we were doing and gave me a lot of exercises that required a partner and/or equipment that wasn't publicly available at the gym. Sometime, when I have some extra cash, I'd like to try again somewhere else.
MegLahr MegLahr 9 years
I'm lucky enoguh to have a husband as a personal trainer. Allthough this does lead to arguments and we no longer go to the gym together it is a plus. He can show me how to use the equipment effectively and if I'm having problems with a part of my bpdy he'll give me ideas to help out. As long as he shows me how to do it then leaves its okay...
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
I hated it because we wouldn't do too much at all. It was all preping and the hour was done so quickly. Also, my tainer was a woman. I asked for a woman becuase I didn't want to get all big, like man trainer would do. I told her I didn't want to get muscley, and by the time we were done, I was bigger! I was pissed.
Julie2812 Julie2812 9 years
Every two months (well 6-8 weeks), I get a new program from my trainer...no fees :)
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