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    Default Personal trainer worth it?

    I want to kick up my work outs a notch.
    I basically am at a place where I want to get some more out of my gym membership than toneing.

    Is a personal trainer worth it?

    Or is that kind of information available on line...kind of a virtual trainer.

    What have been other's experiences with trainers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kewin60 View Post
    I want to kick up my work outs a notch.
    I basically am at a place where I want to get some more out of my gym membership than toneing.

    Is a personal trainer worth it?

    Or is that kind of information available on line...kind of a virtual trainer.

    What have been other's experiences with trainers?
    You should choose a personal trainer who is experienced in what your specific goal is,

    But, all the information you require is right here on this forum, and free of charge....
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    If you have the motivation, then all the info is here! I would save the money and spend it on good food or sups as that is expensive. Some people need a trainer to push them, I like pushing my self and after finding this site we are set, should be no reason to not meet goals set.

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    Personnel trainer as important for the fitness as the training equipment are necessary for the training. He really provide us good techniques to fit myself. So we have to follow the instructions strictly to get the good results.
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    A good trainer will be able to answer all your questions on the spot and show you technique by example. Having a live person there might keep you focused on your goals.

    I take it you're a member of a gym? If so, get to know the PTs there and watch them with their clients. With 3-4 years of experience yourself, you should be able to pick a suitable trainer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kewin60 View Post
    I want to kick up my work outs a notch.
    I basically am at a place where I want to get some more out of my gym membership than toneing.

    Is a personal trainer worth it?

    Or is that kind of information available on line...kind of a virtual trainer.

    What have been other's experiences with trainers?
    As Doug said all the info you need is right here on the forum, if you are motivated you will get the results you need. If you wanna spend the money by all means get a personal trainer (PT), just make sure that person knows his/her job and that they them self are lifting weights. i have seen some PT's who does not even put in a full day into training and they then want to give advice on how to train, having book knowledge is not the same as practical experience in lifting weights.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kewin60 View Post
    I want to kick up my work outs a notch.
    I basically am at a place where I want to get some more out of my gym membership than toneing.

    Is a personal trainer worth it?

    Or is that kind of information available on line...kind of a virtual trainer.

    What have been other's experiences with trainers?
    Depends on the gym. Some gyms have excellent trainers with a wealth of experience, others not so much.

    My practical advice, is to spend time observing the personal trainers in a session with their clients. Make some notes, and ask yourself if this is what you are after.

    I've had quite a few different strength coaches in my time, and I can tell you it makes one hell of a difference.
    I Want to Tone, But I Donít Want to Get Too Big

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    It depends, most trainers under-train their clients where I go, really wish they would work them harder....a lot are too afraid to show them compound lifts so they stick to bodyweight and machine exercises.
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    Default Trainers are a good tool

    Most trainers have to get feedback from the individual and then push them to where that person can go to and their past experience with the gym and the weights. The PT must feel this out but if the person has never done anything a light mix into some of the free weights can be helpful since they have no stability nor the strength to really push this the right way and keep their form sometimes even with the lightest weights. The body will compensate with other muscles groups and the best way for some of these moves may be machines.

    Now on the other hand, someone who has done this in the past or was an athlete and has some backround then maybe a little further push can be made.
    I have one client now and she just can get her wind underneath her no matter what right now and is going to need a much longer time to get back her base and I am not going to have her pass out on me or throw up either but try and integrate some things slowly to get this better and better eahc time we train.

    But now when I see a trainer that has been around a client for a while I really don't want to see them on too many machines sitting around the whole session either. But I mean there are certain machines you can still use and get some great isolation on them like the leg curls or leg ext, pec dec, but really for the most part machines have their place, but not so much with people that can manage more.
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    A good piece of advice on getting a trainer: -

    - Find one that LOOKS like he has achieved your goals. If you want to get big/strong, dont hire a trainer who weighs 150lbs and can only squat 120lbs.
    - If a trainer spends most of his time sitting around waiting for clients, dont hire him. A good trainer will be in demand.
    - If you can see them train, watch, if they do partial squats dont hire them. If they dont bench to the chest, dont hire them.


    If you get the right trainer it will help you more than you know. If you get a bad one, you will have a very bad time.
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    Default This^^^

    he's talking good stuff as well, so tru to see if the trainer trains at the gym as well. sometimes he/she might not, but you will see. Not that you can't learn from the net, but some and I do say some because books don't teach th best either if you can't transfer this to your self or clients, gold standard certifications are the ones to look for as well as a 4 yr degree in the exercise field too.

    NSCA certifications to me are the best ones and they have a CPT, and the gold one IMO is the CSCS.
    NASM is also good as well.
    ACSM is another one.
    ACE is another one.
    ISSA is another one.
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    Guys this thread is from 2007... haha :P
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    Default someone dug it up

    somebody was looking deep into the past.
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    Default so true Steve

    thats here its so good to do searches on here as there could be stuff in the past that just isn't in eye's sight and give it a search
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    Quote Originally Posted by sloppyjoe View Post
    It depends, most trainers under-train their clients where I go, really wish they would work them harder....a lot are too afraid to show them compound lifts so they stick to bodyweight and machine exercises.
    We have to worry about overtraining our clients here. We are really tough on them, BUT we get results...which is why we all still have a job!

    A trainer can only push as hard as the client will allow. Some clients youll NEVER be able to push, thats just the way they are! But, someone who is really trying to accomplish their goals, willing to work hard, well then a trainer (worth a crap) will get you there.
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