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MATTHEW0498 SparkPoints: (32,853)
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10/2/13 12:23 P

No unusual at all! There are some great trainers out there, and then those that you probably know more than so just be careful when choosing one.

EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
10/2/13 9:53 A

I've had a gazillion trainers during the last two decades and they were all great. Lol, I now am my own personal trainer.

If a trainer makes you feel intimidated, they are not a good fit for you and you need to find someone else.

Someone mentioned that personal trainers are not qualified to give nutritional advice, I concur with that for the most part. Although some have degrees or certifications in those areas, many may not and that really, for me, is not their job. I'd go to a dietician or nutritionist or my medical team to get that information,

Er, someone mentioned the level or type of education of personal trainers, do check it out but many trainers have very good certifications, degrees, experience level, etc. I would not disparage anyone's education or qualifications.

Have fun and no it isn't unique to feel intimidated but no real reason to. It'll pass and you'll enjoy it all.

But yes, as previous poster said, you are paying them lol. You are always in charge.

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10/2/13 9:41 A

This is not unusual however, your efforts to do this are commendable!

TCANNO SparkPoints: (171,877)
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10/2/13 9:38 A

you are paying them

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PARKSCANADA Posts: 4,753
10/2/13 8:23 A

Try a few on for size until you find the trainer that fits you best. And my son is a certified personal trainer. He has his BSc Kinesiology and is currently applying for grad school to get his degree in Physiotherapy. Trainers, like most professional, come in different shapes and sizes.

MLAN613 SparkPoints: (203,720)
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10/2/13 8:04 A

I work the front desk at my gym and the personal trainers there are WONDERFUL people. They are very approachable, friendly, and not intimidating at all. They are experts in physical training and if you cn provide specific fitness goals, your time with them will be well used.

MARIE_TIZI SparkPoints: (697)
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10/1/13 7:52 P

AZULVIOLETA6-My trainer has a bachelor's degree. Spent 8 years in the military, shaping up soldiers who couldn't pass their physicals. He knows what he's doing.

Yes, it can be imitating. I love having a trainer. I know I will get my butt to the gym. I hate telling him when I didn't make it 3 times this week or when I've been eating badly. He helps keep me accountable and kicks my butt harder then I would. But he also listens and doesn't pressure me when I tell him I don't want to do something, like run in public.

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (107,996)
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10/1/13 7:14 P

No it isn't unusual to feel a little overwhelmed but make sure you get a good fit with a trainer...they are kind of like don't have to go with the first one you try....

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (159,423)
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10/1/13 3:49 P


Don't be intimated by personal trainers. Contrary to popular belief, we don't all look like Jillian or Chalene or Shaun T. Trainers, like everyone else, come in many different shapes and sizes. If you're going to invest in a trainer, and this is a big investment, you're going to have to do some homework. First, talk to other people at the gym and find out who the best trainers are. Then before you sit down and sign any contracts, talk to these trainers first. You may find you like one better than another. Don't feel obligated to take a trainer just because that's who the manager said was available. Do your homework by talking to some of their clients. If a PT is good, their clients will talk them up.

Go in with some very clear goals. Don't tell the PT, "I want to get fit". that's what everyone wants. BE SPECIFIC. what do you want to change about your body ? Do you want sculpted arms or legs ? Do you want to look like an Oxygen cover model ? Do you want to run a marathon ? If you say you want to get fit, the PT will do what they want, not what you want. that why you have to be very specific about your goals.

Also, are you trying to lose weight or are you trying to become a bit fitter ? Because if you're trying to lose weight, a PT won't be able to help you unless they are a certified dietitian. PTs are not allowed to give out dietary advice beyond the food pyramid and basic common sense. They aren't allowed to tell you how many calories you should be eating each day. they are only qualified to design a workout for you. If a PT suggests that you eliminate certain food groups or try a certain diet, run in the other direction.

PTs are not supposed to be giving dietary advice because that's not what they are trained to do. So, if you're trying to lose weight, you don't need a PT to help you. Weight loss is all about what you eat. Good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit.

In short, you can't outrun a bad diet with exercise. If you want to lose weight, you must eat right and watch your portions.

Now, if you're interested in being fitter, then a PT can help you achieve your goals. But once again, clearly define what your goals are before you decide on a PT. because your goals may determine who you get as a PT. remember, there are PTs who work with body builders. PTs who work with marathon runners. PTs who work with dancers. PTs who work with football players. You need to find that right fit for you. that's why it's imporant to clearly define your goals as well as do your homework.

And there are some really terrific trainers who do not have a degree in exercise science. Keep in mind, Bill Gates doesn't have a degree. I wonder what happened to him.

DMJAKES Posts: 1,634
10/1/13 3:21 P

Azula - all of the trainers I know (myself included) are pretty intelligent and had to work hard to get their certification--so I'm not sure where that "barely made it out of high school" comment came from......I"m sure there are some out there that fit your description, but that's a pretty broad brush you're painting with.

Anyway, to the OP...I'd bet your hesitation would be alleviated if you met with the trainer and went over your goals, your experiences with exercise, and what you truly WANT from each session. The more you communicate, the closer your expectations will line up with what she does. Good luck!!

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10/1/13 12:49 P

I don't think what you're going through is unusual at all. Changes are difficult and can be scary. But if you've got the money AND know the obligation will help you, then I think it's a GREAT idea. That is money well spent on YOU.

For me, meeting something that is intimidating HEAD ON makes the intimidation disappear. I hope it's the same for you!!!

Good luck to you!

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (66,733)
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10/1/13 12:48 P

The most educated trainer at my gym only has a Bachelor's degree--from a fourth-rate college. Most trainers are barely-made-it-out-of-high-school types, with minimal certification.

Not intimidating. Not at all.

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RLFLOYD2007 SparkPoints: (1,951)
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10/1/13 12:28 P

So after falling off the wagon for a couple days. I have decided to invest in myself to get a personal trainer. Costly, I KNOW. But since I work 45-47 hours a week I need the obiligation of having to be somewhere. I haven't taken the next step to set it all because its all extremely INTIMIDATING for me. Is this unusual?

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