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Don't Get Too Dependent on Your Trainer

Don't Get Too Dependent on Your Trainer

Having a trainer or following an instructor is a great thing in small doses. The problem with trainers, currently rearing its evil little head, is trainer dependency. We are all becoming too dependent on having someone telling us what to do and when (and how) when it comes to working out. So much so, that we have no idea how to possibly go about it on our own.

Sure, this is not a problem if you're a celebrity like Jessica Simpson and can afford to hire a trainer to spend every waking minute with you, but most of us cannot. The real key is finding a balance between the two. So use your trainer as a way to learn what you need to do (and how), but make sure that you are taking notes so you can also do it on your own, when the trainer is not there. Maybe sign up for only a few sessions at first so you don't only associate working out with your trainer.

The same rule should apply to group classes as well. I am all for switching it up for variety and taking classes to bust boredom, but make sure that if you're without the class, for example if the instructor stops teaching the class suddenly, you're not completely flummoxed if you have to workout on your own.

Fit's Tip: If you simply can't workout without someone leading you through it, then by all means go with what works, I am not trying to talk anyone out of exercising. Just try and figure out ways to do it on your own too.


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Ms-Meyer Ms-Meyer 9 years
I've been working with a trainer now for 3 months and it IS addicting. My trainer is actually gone for the next couple weeks for a surgery and I've actually been a little lost without her telling me what to do. I find that reading magazines like Women's Health and/or Fitness are great sources for learning new exercises and techniques, but it sure is nice to have someone motivating you and directing your strength training at the gym.
Jennifer777 Jennifer777 9 years
My husband is a personal trainer and he always shows his clients how to work out on their own. He doesn't want them to be dependant on him, he wants to help them continue to lose weight safely. He isn't out to deceive is actually brutally honest to his clients.
teej teej 9 years
I'm considering working with a trainer to achieve some specific fitness goals, but it is more of an enhancement thing, not a permanent situation at all.
lostcitygirl lostcitygirl 9 years
I have a personal trainer, it's a private personal gym; 5 trainers and their clients. It's really great, but I can totally see becoming dependent on him. More so because he makes working out fun, and even though I'm usually exhausted at the end (1 hour weight training, 1 hour cardio, 3 times a week, and one "fun day" with all the trainers) He's very into teaching me how to do everything, and I mean everything including how to hold a dumbell correctly so I can do it on my own. But it's going to be difficult when my "time is up" with having a trainer.
ktacce ktacce 9 years
i WISH i could afford a trainer... group x is about as good as it gets for me!
bfly1133 bfly1133 9 years
"was okay with" was I meant to type.
bfly1133 bfly1133 9 years
I know a person who worked as a trainer millarci. He wasn't in the deception business at all. Some people kept using him, but he was with showing people how to do things for a short time. Most of his clients were short term. Like with any profession, there are good ones and bad ones. :)
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
i'm totally guilty of becoming trainer dependent. i've realized when i do exercise dvds, like self, at home, i'm better off then paying tons of moolah (that i don't have) to have a trainer.
millarci millarci 9 years
I've been thinking about hiring a trainer for awhile now. However, I had a friend who used to work at a gym. She said that a lot of trainers try to deceive you by convincing you that you still need their services (even when you really don't). Is this true? What you think, sugar gals? Any thoughts would be appreciated!
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