Should I hire a personal trainer?

Will hiring a personal trainer make the numbers on the scale move more efficiently than working out by yourself?
Will hiring a personal trainer make the numbers on the scale move more efficiently than working out by yourself? | Source

When it comes to losing weight, the battle of the bulge is a difficult one most people find themselves failing. So, they ask the question, “Should I use a personal trainer?”, hoping that maybe that is the missing ingredient to their weight loss plan.

However, is using a personal trainer really necessary? Can you be successful without one? Is a personal trainer the key to finally beating the battle of the bulge?

Recently I signed up for a gym membership. After all the paperwork had been completed, including listing off my personal goals, I was signed up with a free trial with a personal trainer. Now I have never really used a personal trainer, so I thought it couldn’t hurt anything. After all, it was free.

Take the weight off of deciding if a personal trainer is right for you. Below are the pros and cons to help you make a good decision!
Take the weight off of deciding if a personal trainer is right for you. Below are the pros and cons to help you make a good decision! | Source

Using a personal trainer

The next day I went to my appointment where I was introduced to a young male personal trainer. The gym was loud and he talked quietly. The start of the session was rather irritating considering I couldn’t even hear a word he was saying. What was even more frustrating was that as a female, I would be much happier with a female trainer trainer who could relate to my specific condition - womanhood!

My appointment started at 9 a.m. and I was already walking out of the gym at 9:45 a.m. I left feeling a tad on the disappointed side.

The first step was more paperwork - more specifically, filling out another worksheet about my personal goals. If I am thinking correctly, I did that the day before. He then measured my body fat percentage by using a hand held bio-impedence electrical machine. After telling him that I am very serious about my goals and I could commit to a minimum of 5 days working out in the gym, he outlined a very minimal schedule for 3 days a week at only about 45 minutes a session.

The worse part was, every bit of information he handed me was nothing new. If I am not learning anything, does it make much sense to pay someone to give me information I already know. Then the first workout began.

We walked up to the treadmill to do a warm up. I walked for about 13 minutes on incline, which was enough time for him to take off and wonder for awhile giving me a guesstimated time for his return. So I was warmed up, not challenged, not even winded… but it really was just a warm up.

He finally came and rescued me from the treadmill. I would have assumed the next step would have been some stretches, but we went straight to the machines. Since the day’s objectives where to work out the legs, we started with some weighted leg lifts. The first machine I went on fit me well and I was comfortable, but since he didn’t particularly care for that machine we moved to another machine that would not adjust correctly to my height. In fact, he threw me into the machine without any attempt to adjust the machine at all. I ended up getting off and adjusting it myself.

Now having to adjust the machine doesn’t really bother me. I know how to fit myself to the machines. But for someone who doesn’t use these machines, that could be a guaranteed way to obtain an injury! Shouldn’t the personal trainer adjust the machines for the person. After all, if you have hired a personal trainer, this is what you are paying for!

The rest of the workout continued with some walking lunges, a form of bouncing your butt off a ball, and planks. Then we repeated the circuit and we were done. My legs did feel like jello afterwards, but I am highly qualified to do that to myself. I have in the past and continue to do so without the need of paying for someone to torture me.

My disappoint was really due to the personal trainer not using the gym equipment. After all, we are in a gym and doing most of the exercises that I could do at home. If that is the case, I should save some money, cancel the gym membership and just have someone visit me at the house and torture me!

Pros and Cons of Using a Personal Trainer

When it comes to working out, there are always pros and cons to any method that you choose. Whether you decide to workout with a personal trainer or workout on your own, depends a lot on the person who has set their weight loss goals. Therefore, it is a personal decision. With the pros and cons outlined, hopefully that will help you choose whether spending the extra buck will actually give you a little more bang.

Pros:

  • 1. If you have struggle with weight loss and have a hard time being successful, personal trainers can offer you good advice. After all, it is their field of expertise. They know what will work best for you. They know the types of exercises that work and they can set up a plan that will help you.
  • 2. A personal trainer is a source of motivation. When you are trying to finish that last set, someone yelling in your face will help you pull through. After all, look how successful contestants on The Biggest Loser are, and it is all because Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper are there to push them just a tad bit harder.
  • 3. You are going to be more accountable. If you have an appointment set up, you are less likely to skip a workout because you just don’t feel like it or because you just don’t have the time. By having that set appointment, you have set it in your schedule. You are now setting up other things around that workout instead of skipping it because something better came up. After all, it is a hassle to have to call and cancel and reschedule.
  • 4. When it comes to using gym equipment, we are not all considered pros. Some of us don’t know the proper technique to setting up the weights, nor do we know proper techniques to use free weights. Having someone there to watch our workout technique can prevent injuries. It can also make the exercise more beneficial. After all, 50 incorrect squats will not be as beneficial as doing 25 correct ones.

Cons:

  • 1. Personal trainers come with a price tag. When you are trying to lose weight on a budget, not only will you be paying for the cost of the gym membership, but also for the additional training sessions. According to an article on costhelper.com, a personal trainer charges around $60 to $70 an hour. Some may go as low as $25. If you check out an online personal trainer, it can cost up to $50 for a six month period, yet you do not have the trainer in your face to yell at you. At a gym, and prices do vary according to location, you can expect to pay almost $100 a month for just 4 sessions. Ultimately, will the cost of being healthy eventually wear you down to the point where you return to your old habits and start the vicious cycle all over again!
  • 2. If you already have knowledge of the gym equipment, having a personal trainer may not prove beneficial. If you have studied plenty of information on diet and exercise, most likely, the personal trainer will not give you any information that you don’t already know. This can be rather disappointing if you were hoping to learn something by attending these sessions.
  • 3. Working with a personal trainer can be boring. You will probably be stuck to a certain type of workout and will be encouraged to not add anything else. After all, they are counting on you letting your muscles rest for a prescribed amount of time. This means there 3 day schedule might not be what you are looking for. You might be looking for variety and they will give you a very cut and dry schedule to follow.
  • 4. While not all personal trainers are created equal, you may find some personal trainers to be more about their own needs than your own. Therefore, they may be impersonal and they may also try to slow down your results to elongate their paycheck from you. Once you have hired a personal trainer, your future really is in their hands, and you have paid them to control you.

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Now that you know the pros and cons, you should be well armed to decide whether having a personal trainer is for you. Personally, after my experience with the trial personal trainer, I have decided I am better off working on my own. The goals I have set up are very specific and pretty hardcore. The personal trainer was trying to steer me to their own goals. I also like a little variety in my workout and would easily get bored after doing the same routine week after week. As for the motivation, I can easily grab a workout buddy and push them, which will result in them pushing me.

However, I do feel that if you are a person with little knowledge and possibly little motivation to get into shape, a personal trainer can be a good step into fighting today’s obesity epidemic.

Getting into shape is a difficult journey. The tools are there to succeed but as a person you have to make that personal decision yourself. If you want to help fight the obesity epidemic, hiring a personal trainer might be the first step. However, if you are already highly motivated and know the tools needed, maybe you just need the gym membership instead.

Effective exercises to do either at home or the gym.

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Literary Geisha 5 years ago from Philippines

very useful information, great that you were able to include all the pros and cons. i know a lot of people who actually believe that having a personal trainer is an essential part of working out at the gym - only to end up being as confused as before.


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Inspired to write 5 years ago from Wales UK

Keeping active is vital for not just right now but for your future health, well being & mobility as well.

Motivation is easier when one trains with others, or employs a P/T. But for the reasons you chose to exercise in the first place this reason should be forefront in your mind enabling you to exercise on your own in your home & when you decide to execute them.

I have attached a video for you to follow which aims at targeting your CORE muscle group, which also helps dissolve excess body fat & tone important muscles & you can follow at home the routine, this should help you on your way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPSXEx5Hx-U

Please let me know what you think. Regards Dale


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Literary Geisha - I believe the right personal trainer is definately essential for those who have very little experience. The one that I worked out with, however, left me a little annoyed. But, I do believe there are several pros to having one and it is fair to give both sides. Funny, because even though I would rather not work out with a personal trainer... I had an easier time coming up with the different pros, compared to the cons.

@Inspired - thank you for attaching the video. That looks like some very effective exercising, yet it looks easy enough to do cause you don't feel like you are practicing a wide variety of dance steps. I will definately have to give them a try.... you make them look so easy! :)


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Inspired to write 5 years ago from Wales UK

They really are easy to to do barbergirl28. Once you have done a few, you will feel the slight ache, probably in parts that you didn't know could ache lol.

This means they are working for you. Core muscle exercises are vital, you will tone the WHOLE of your bottom body half, burn spare body fat, generate for yourself AMAZING ENERGY & most important of all, you will feel so good. All because you chose to execute these exercises for say a short period of time, 2 weeks maybe, that way, you are setting your goal, but two weeks is not overwhelming for you to handle as a motivator.

Regards Dale


marellen 5 years ago

thanks for all that insight. Its too bad your first experience with a trainer was the pits.

You sound like most of us and I think its great that your on the right track. Of course if some need a personal trainer to succeed, then go for it.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

I think this personal trainer was more interested in what he could do for me if he was getting paid. Unfortunately, he didn't help me for the trial and left a bad taste in my mouth ... bummer


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ghomefitness 5 years ago from Chicago,IL

I am sorry your trainer was a dud. The problem is anybody can be a trainer in a week or so, it is a very poorly regulated industry. When I graduated from college (many years ago) with a degree in corporate fitness and got my first job as a personal trainer I was hired with a woman to do the same job who bought a $30 dollar book and was scheduled to take a $250 test in a month. I would look over at her when she was training people and cringe when she put people at risk.

If you find a good trainer with a personality that gels with yours results will definitely come quicker. Good luck and good health to you!


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phillip goodson 5 years ago

barbergirl,

Someone should just follow you around with a camera! I would have paid good money to see that trainer getting on your nerves, once again you've made me laugh.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@ghomefitness - you sound like you are very knowledgeable and it sucks that you are in an industry that seems to be oversaturated with duds! I went to the gym today and I really could see there were some people there that really could use a personal trainer... hell, one of them was even wearing flip flops. Who wears flip flops while lifting weights? Others were pounding through weights like it was going out of style. Who knows, maybe they think the same of me! Although, I kind of wish you were in the area - cause I bet you could get my butt in shape! :)

@Phillip - ha ha... I did hold my cool pretty well... although I might have let several "are you kidding me" kind of faces slip through the torture. Thankfully it was only a trial and I know enough about working out to avoid injury! :)


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ghomefitness 5 years ago from Chicago,IL

Flip flops in the gym, you are in California where flip flops are always called for :)


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

The video is a keeper, thanks. I found that most of the problem with weight involved food intake. Thanks for the educational hub!!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@ghomefitness - I thought about flip flops but then I thought how much it would hurt if I drop a weight on my foot... lol... then again - drop a weight on your foot and it will hurt if your wearing tennis shoes as well! LOL

@Credence - I agree... food intake is a definate problem. Friday I visited a all you can eat buffet and it took everything in me not to try everything. LOL


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

BBG - I had all of 15 minutes to burn before getting kids - I didn't get the daily email today "new hubs by your favs" so I came over to see if you had anything new - then I saw this which I must have missed.

I thought I would never exercise but after Dale's video - I think I can do that and balance out what gravity has done for my gludius Maximus;). I have to tell ya tho - when I was watching him rock back and forth near the end of stage one - it looked really 3D ish and I think I actually moved out of the way! It looked like he was about to run right out of the iPad!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

I fear I haven't really gotten much new stuff posted. It is due to the fact that I have a bunch of things in the works and nothing that is actually finished. I keep getting distracted by something or another. Ahhhh... I need a vacation! Or maybe I just need some peace and quiet. But I am glad that you were able to find this lost gem so you can become motivated to work on getting your Booty Pop! Ha ha ha!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Ha! I hope it do too:). Yes I have a couple things 1/2 way done. I'm good at that! Its the getting to the end part that kills it. Well don't mind me - go finish! Lol!


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Inspired to write 5 years ago from Wales UK

RealHousewife, I'm glad you liked my video, & I see what you mean about me almost running right out of the screen (spooky) lol, but I'm sure that's just to make sure you do them REGULARLY. You will feel the benefits I'm certain. Thanks for the comment. Regards Dale


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Ha! It's you! Dale my man! - my husband is gonna thank you when I fix up the back porch swing:-)

Actually I liked it - it made me FEEL like I had a personal trainer!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

I never noticed the 3D effect so I had to go back and watch it over. It is nice to feel like you have a personal trainer though. Surprisingly though, I have been workign out enough that I am no longer really getting sore! Yeah!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Omg! You just reminded me to do this! That's how it works right? I actually have to DO the exercises not just watch Dale? ugh.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Ha ha - depends on whether or not you are breaking a sweat! LOL


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Lol BBG! I wish it was so simple! I'll try harder today=)


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Inspired to write 5 years ago from Wales UK

C'mon girls, cut the chatter & just do them lol


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Good point Dale! If I actually got off my arse it might not be so big:-)! Lol! After I finish grocery shopping I swear I'm going to try it!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Thanks for the motivation... I will get on that after I have my morning cup of coffee! LOL


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Inspired to write 5 years ago from Wales UK

Excuses excuses the pair of you lol If you really want it you just got to go out & get it, it's as simple as that. Anyway guys, close your eyes, have an end vision of what you would really like to look like once you've achieved what ever fitness goal your after, use constant mental & physical repetition, & good luck.

Regards Dale


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Well I just returned from Whole Foods, I got a whole bag of health stuff for only $88.00! Lol! Now I'm going to have. Shot of expresso then maybe I'll have some emery to burn.

Dale - thank you for your encouragement I swear I'm going to try it and let you know when I get results!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

$88 in health stuff - what did you all buy? LOL I am heading to the gym in about an hour or so. Got to go get my treadmill running in for the day. Then some squats. I got the picture in my head about the end result... I wonder if cosmetic surgery would just be easier... lol Just kidding of course!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Oh I know your not the plastic type! Lol! I did buy a $30 pillow filled with lavender pellets that you can stick in the microwave. It's for my mother-in-law. I bought her one a few years ago and it got a hole:(. And you know - I'm an outlaw (not an in law) in this family so every brownie point counts;)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

No, not really the plastic type... unless that means plastic wear... ha ha! Although I did have a tummy tuck once. It is ruined now! It might have to be redone. Oh well, I spent 2 or 3 hours at the gym today. I am feeling GOOD!!!


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ultimatekboxing 5 years ago from New Barnet, North London

It's a shame that you had that experience - he sounds like an absolutely terrible personal trainer. He should have at least found out your fitness levels, what you've done in the past and your routine and diet.

I have to disagree about personal training being boring and not adding to existing knowledge if you're reasonably savvy: if I'm working out on my own, I tend to get into a 'zone' or a rhythm and don't vary that as much as when I'm thinking of workouts for my blog or when I'm working out with someone else. Also, personal trainers have a lot of varied knowledge - one may specialise in weights, another may be able to teach you something new on the swiss ball. As you say, they're not all created equal, unfortunately you seem to have experienced one that was less equal than the rest ;)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

I definately agree. I think a personal trainer, because they are always learning new stuff, could definately teach me some new methods. Unfortunately, this one seemed to not want to let out any of his secrets unless I was paying him. Unfortunate for him, because he didn't give me a taste of his knowledge, I would never hire him as a personal trainer! Not that it matters right now, because I can only budget the gym membership - not the extra personal trainer cost! Either way, he didn't leave a good impression on me.

However, a good personal trainer is indispensable. They play on your strengths and really push you harder than you could push yourself. He killed me, but he didn't give me anything I didn't already know.

Thanks for your comment. Hope I can learn some new stuff form you!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I'm envious of you again! You go getter! Well I worked out at school today for 2 hours but pushing the copy button just doesnt do anything for my butt:)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Damn, I really wish I had that kind of equipment for a workout. Think of how strong my pushing finger would get after a 2 hour workout ... lol!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Look at you fo with your swagger:)! Now you have given me an excuse to push buttons for exercise! It will increase my typing stamina! Thank you! I don't have to exercise now! Apparently I do - several hours each week!


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chasemillis 5 years ago

Honestly, you don't need any equipment or weights for your workout at all. I wrote a few hubs about different workouts that you can do without paying for anything at all. All you really need to workout is a little motivation. If you don't have enough by yourself, then get a friend!! Another thing that could help you is to set goals. Hope you find what you need!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@RealHousewife - I think I like that excuse... my hands get real good workouts from all the typing. They are probably the most in shape they have been in my whole life. LOL

@Chasemillis - There are so many workouts out there, you are very correct... the only ingrediant needed is motivation. I like a variety of different things. Mainly, I like my gym membership cause it gives me uninterrupted work out time. It is hard when you have kids underfoot. I have done it both ways. In fact, we are about to go on a bit of a road trip and I told my husband that at every stop we have to do 50 jumping jacks or squats or something like that. We aren't as young as we used to be so it will be good to limber up after sitting in a car for so long! LOL I will definately have to check out some of your hubs. Always looking for different ideas!


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smanty 5 years ago

It's interesting! Personally, I prefer just to learn techniques from other people in the gym and to feel a good routine by myself. Trainers are definitely good for getting you back on your feet though.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Smanty - I like to learn different techniques from other people, but what I find gives me the best workout is the competition factor. Even if I am working out by myself, I find that I try to keep up with the person next to me! It motivates me to work out a little harder. A personal trainer is also very beneficial in pushing you a little harder too, especially if you are feeling a little lazy!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

My sisters boyfriend just passed his test for certification - Personal Trainer:). Ok I got one now! Lol!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Sweet - remember to give him your ideas on how it works to push the copier button for 2 hours straight... Ask how many calories it burns and how many times a week you should be doing that! LOL

Lucky you! A personal trainer that is... kind of family.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Oh he has raised some brows in the family! He's bald (by choice) built and has tattoo sleeves. I do have a tat so whatever, but step-dad hates them. Funny thing is, all of the kids in my family have at least one tattoo.

My best friends daughter died almost 3 years ago - 19 years old. I knew her for her whole life. I have half a butterfly memorial tat with her initials. Her mom has the other half.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

It is the eyebrow raisers that I get the biggest kick out of. I don't have a tattoo... pain scares me and I am pretty sure I will pass out if I decide to get one! :) I am some what of a wimp... ha ha


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I wouldn't highly recommend them to you then, they hurt! I don't know how Al could take it, he has lots of skulls. He installs hard wood floors for a living so I paid him to redo mine before she had the chance to break up with him:) Haha! I told him that!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

That is funny! LOL - before she gets rid of you can I use you! LOL


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Yeah, I'm shocked the guy stuck around. That sister is kinda fickle, so if she brings one to dinner I like to say stuff really casually like, "so if she hasn't dumped you by Easter, I'll see you then.". This one has been around for over a year now! Could be promising! Lol! She's my baby sister and we are tight:)


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tomashuhart75 5 years ago from Woodstock, GA

I'm a personal trainer and I know from experience some are very poor and have about as much knowledge as the average joe. On the other hand, I know some really spectacular trainers. it is up to the client to find out what the qualifications of the trainer are. Qualifications are not enough though. Any moron can get certified. Ask specific questions. dig deep. If the trainer seems unsure or gives you a lame answer, DO NOT hire them. another indicator is physique. if the trainer does not stand out at the gym, he may not be as qualified as you think. A good trainer will look the part for sure.


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tomashuhart75 5 years ago from Woodstock, GA

actually, you just gave me a great idea for a hub. thank you very much!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

So if he isn't hot BBG tell him to kiss off!

Haha just kidding:)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

I knew there was something missing... my biceps were bigger than his... lol

@Tomashuhart - glad I could inspire an idea for you... I will have to go check it out! I am sure I can learn lots of stuff from you. I like learning about personal training stuff and new and improved methods. Now I am curious - what are a personal trainers thoughts on the Shake Weight? LOL


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htodd 5 years ago from United States

Thanks for the Great post!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@htodd - your welcome. I hope you were able to find some useful information in it.


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mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

I would probably never hire a personal trainer. I believe I am fairly knowledgable and I know how to push myself in the right direction. If I need to get in better shape for say running a race of some sort I know how to do that as well. Plus there is such a wide variety of information out there to help me on my journey including schedules and diet plans. That would be the extreme reason to hire a personal trainer. Everything else I can do to myself or with a video of some sort. Still it was a great experience you had even if it was disappointing because it gave you confidence in your own knowledge!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - I absolutley love learning new information about health and fitness... that would be one of the only reasons I would hire a personal trainer. That being said, the only reason I actually went for this experience in the first place was because it was free... never hurts to try. But the person's lack of attention to what I needed was really disheartening! But I am glad it taught me that I know what I need to know to get things done! :)


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lifeoflata 4 years ago from Tacoma Wa

That sucks that you didnt like the trainer. It seems more like that trainer wasnt good. I do agree that it would have been better if you had a female personal trainer because i love working out but i would never give my girl workout advice. Our body makeup is too different and so are our goals. I am one of those people who believe you will naturally learn tips and tricks by watching others workout and seeing what they do. If someone at the gym has a body you like just watch their routine and incorporate it into yours. Well i wish you luck moving forward. Hope you have a better experience next time


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@lifeoflata - Unfortunately I knew from the very beginning the trainer wasn't any good. He didn't want to be there and he didn't want to show me anything. Unfortunately, that was also the downfall... if he couldn't show me anything, then there is no way I am investing in him. I can't say the gender would have made much of a difference, as in I just finished Tony Horton's P90X and I thought he was amazing. Thanks for the wonderful comment!


Roy Edwards 19 months ago

Great article and very informative. As a personal trainer myself I think there are a few key things to consider when you are making the decision to have a personal trainer or not.

1. What is your goal and how long have you had it?

2. Could a PT help you to reach that goal more than you can?

3. How much (Not financially) do you want to achieve that goal? ("Will" is important to achieve any goal)

Then:

1. Get a FREE session from them and ask them how they intend to help you acheive that goal over then next 6 weeks. (Most quality trainers will be able to provide you with a 6 week timetable of how you will work)

2. Assess how entertaining (Fun) the session was. At the end of the day if you are bored of the training then;

(a) You won't want to do it

(b) You probably won't vocalise it

(c) You will wait your money

3. Don't be afraid to tell them if you are not happy. (They are providing you a service. If you were to go to the hair salon and wasn't happy, you would tell them so don't be afraid to challenge things.

Finally; Most quality PT's don't advertise too much. Their adverts are everywhere in clients and ex-clients. Clients who have had a positive experience and have transformed their shape love to share their experience and achievement (Rightly so!) So, speak to people who work or have worked with them you will soon here positive stories of great trainers.

Happy to give free advice to anyone who wants it. www.refreshyourself.co.uk

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