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TheRealAshland

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I just hired a personal trainer for the sum of 40 bucks a session, i talked him dwon from $70 since i commited to a long term training contract.

Has any one hired a trainer before? I dont know really what i was looking for when i hired him. but he could do these crazy pull ups on the pull up bar, and hes cute...

... So any suggestions?
 

Eason

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Um... tell him what you want to achieve, and have him design a program for you to achieve that goal?
 

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well i forgot some info, i have a crazy schedule and the only free times i have to actually train with him is Sunday and Monday, i was thinking training with a trainer back to back like that wouldnt do any good,.. should i only do one day a week with him until i have more free time within my week?
 

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Originally Posted by TheRealAshland
I just hired a personal trainer for the sum of 40 bucks a session, i talked him dwon from $70 since i commited to a long term training contract.

Has any one hired a trainer before? I dont know really what i was looking for when i hired him. but he could do these crazy pull ups on the pull up bar, and hes cute...

... So any suggestions?


40 bucks an hour is real cheap. You should look for a trainer in real great shape. How often I see fat overweight trainers. I mean if you dont have the discipline to keep in shape, can you teach others to do so? I dont think so.

You are wise to use the trainer only when you have to and use the time on your own to do what he taught you. A good trainer will teach you the something little extra, whether in the little twist in your form or the little bit of motivation to help you break the plateau.
 

stylar

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you'd be better off visiting a legit body fitness website, reading the articles, and making your own plan that works with your life/schedule. the best i've found is the website "Body Recomposition," run by Lyle McDonald.
 

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Lol. I can't imagine paying someone $40 per workout. I'd be broke by now.

Besides, if you know what exercises to do already from your online research, why would you pay someone to be there while you do it?
 

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Originally Posted by MetroStyles
Lol. I can't imagine paying someone $40 per workout. I'd be broke by now.

Besides, if you know what exercises to do already from your online research, why would you pay someone to be there while you do it?


A good personal trainer is more than someone who tells you what you should have read yourself. A good personal trainer can teach you many tips and tricks which you would not learn from any book or website and also motivates you.
 

Bring The Noise

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Originally Posted by MetroStyles
Lol. I can't imagine paying someone $40 per workout. I'd be broke by now.

Besides, if you know what exercises to do already from your online research, why would you pay someone to be there while you do it?


Some things you can't do yourself and expect to excel at it, like clean and jerks.
 

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Originally Posted by Bring The Noise
Some things you can't do yourself and expect to excel at it, like clean and jerks.

Unfortunately, very few personal trainers can actually teach someone to clean & jerk or snatch and very few gyms have bumper plates to allow that type of lifting. If you find a trainer and a gym that can teach you the O-lifts, you've found the right place.
 

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Originally Posted by Grayland
Unfortunately, very few personal trainers can actually teach someone to clean & jerk or snatch and very few gyms have bumper plates to allow that type of lifting. If you find a trainer and a gym that can teach you the O-lifts, you've found the right place.

+∞

Several years ago, I hired a trainer. I met with him once a week for about 12 weeks. I hired him to teach me proper form on the squats, deadlifts, snatch, and clean and jerk. The additional benefit was that he could identify a weak point and tell me how to resolve it.

I had been getting shin splints while running, for example, and he immediately started me on some weighted toe raises (for lack of a better term) to strengthen my anterior tibialis. Worked perfectly.

Of course, he had been a high level college athlete and had a bachelors and masters degree in this stuff. So he was really good. He understood everything from both theory, personal experience, and experience with his clients.
 

Gradstudent78

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Originally Posted by MetroStyles
Lol. I can't imagine paying someone $40 per workout. I'd be broke by now.

Besides, if you know what exercises to do already from your online research, why would you pay someone to be there while you do it?


It can be helpful for someone else to check your form, to teach you a complex lift, or design a program specific to your needs. It could also be useful for them to check you for any mobility/flexibility problems that might be impacting how you lift (and provide ways to correct that). But all these things can be done in one or two sessions and maybe a follow-up some time down the line to keep you on track. The only other reason I can see is for motiviation, but $40 is a lot of money for that.

Edited to add: also if you have special program needs it would be useful (bad shoulders, back problems, bad knees, etc --> something that would prevent you from adopting just any program you find)

Of course all of these things require a good, knowledgeble trainer.
 

Bring The Noise

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Originally Posted by Grayland
Unfortunately, very few personal trainers can actually teach someone to clean & jerk or snatch and very few gyms have bumper plates to allow that type of lifting. If you find a trainer and a gym that can teach you the O-lifts, you've found the right place.

yup,
but if you're just trying to get fit (like the op) a personal trainer can help you stay motivated and design you a plan and workouts, but you could save money by doing it independently
 

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I only had 2 clients ever who had reason to learn/successfully learned how to C&J. I taught almost all of them how to squat though, unless they had a back or knee injury.
 

JoelF

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I have a PT I work out with once or twice a week, plus 2 or 3 days on my own in the gym. My specific instructions to this guy when we started a year ago were "bust ******" and that's what he does. I absolutely don't approach the same intensity of workout when I'm on my own. I have also learned quite a bit, picking up routines and excercises to incorporate.
 

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