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1,107 7/30/14 1:39 P
I had a personal trainer for 3 months. She kept me motivated and regular. However, it was expensive and something I could not continue with. Besides I hate being obligated to go for my sessions. I think it's just as important to develope self discipline too.
I would never say that I could be completely done with my trainer. I started with her after a while of going to the gym. She has been an encouragement for my progress, but has also helped me do more weight training that is non-machine kind. The only reason I would stop seeing her is if one of us moved, which is a few years away on my part. I would still turn to apps and such to find new exercises to throw into the routine, at that point.
I think you can never be done with a Trainer. I think you can go it alone for a bit but the trainer can update your exercises make sure you have proper form and increase/decrease reps as needed. I have a part time trainer. He works with me 2 days one week then i am on my own for 3 weeks then we meet again.
If you can keep a trainer go for it. For me it is the expense that is a hard thing right now but I found this works for me, plus in 3 weeks I feel like I can't be lazy so that when we do meet he can see I have been working hard.
I love my trainer! She has inspired me and taught me that I can do it. I won't leave until I can't afford it.
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7/22/14 10:29 A
I like MYLOVE's answer. Once you are familiar with most exercises, you can just meet with a trainer monthly to change up your workout. I only meet with mine about every 6 weeks when I get a new program. Go over it with the trainer and off I go. My trainers are always at the gym and willing to show you something if you forgot what you are doing.
7/21/14 9:20 A
Ask the trainer?
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7/20/14 9:22 P
Very good insight, MYLOVE1959
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3 7/20/14 7:19 A
As an ex-trainer, I truly believe that my job was to teach a person what they needed and then set them free to do it for themselves. There for after about a 3 month training session I told the client we needed to switch to once a month. The reason for this was A; if the client was doing the exercises on his own as would have been discussed, by the end month your body and endurance level would have changed and we could readjust the exercise to fit the new level. B. Visiting once a month was motivational, as you get measured and have your efforts applauded and acknowledge; we could also discuss any problems encounter or any questions that arose. And finally C. Most people can't really afford to pay someone to see them once a week on a continuous basis so by switching to monthly they save money and I retain a client I may have lost in the long run.
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7/19/14 9:20 A
never used one
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1,325 7/16/14 7:29 A
I don't know that "no longer need trainer" is the question I'd ask.
I've dropped a trainer who couldn't understand what an older person needs -- more time is needed changing up, for example; older people move slower.
I've dropped one who was too attentive to his smartphone during workouts.
I kept one when I didn't "need" the trainer because her ability to challenge me and to assist me go further each and every session was astounding.
If the trainer isn't able to show me how to get more out of a routine I can do on my own, I believe I have the wrong trainer or they no longer have something to teach me.
7/14/14 1:47 P
When you feel like there's no more benefit to be had from using the trainer. PT are not a waste of money or a crutch as some people have asserted. You brush your teeth and floss everyday but you still see the hygenist every 6 months and the dentist once or twice a year. In the same way, a PT can help you elevate your workouts even if you have the knowledge to manage fine on your own. I recommend using a PT who has a degree in exercise science and who keeps up with seminars and retrainings.
I think this is a great question. I too have a personal trainer who has helped me so much in learning how to work out. First, it was about learning what's available at the gym and not being afraid of free weights (which I now love). Then it was about getting stronger and losing weight. Now it's about losing more weight and actual body sculpting. I would do this again and again. She is wonderful. I know I couldn't have done this without her. Even she said, though, that she is working toward that time when I will no longer need her.
I find that I'm doing my own workouts on the weekends (my design), and loving it! I have her another 6 months, but you know I think I'm going to re-up for another 6 months or so just until I meet my weight goal.
I say, when you're comfortable letting your trainer go, you'll know. And if you're not, then perhaps you need to stay on a little longer. Maybe there's more left on the table, so to speak. It sounds like you've learned so much, and perhaps there's more to learn there.
7/13/14 8:17 P
When you can taper off to fewer and fewer times....
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7/13/14 4:54 P
When you feel that you're not learning anything new; no longer being motivated or run out of cash.
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2,243 7/13/14 2:31 P
That's a great question! I've never used a personal trainer...my only motivation is myself.
I made exercise a Daily Habit--like brushing my teeth daily. ;) I get up, get my workout clothes on, fix my coffee, eat a banana...and head down to my family room & my treadmill.
Every day, 7 days a week, I workout--sometimes I bust ass & workout so hard I think I'm half a step away from dying...and other times I take it easier & phone it in. Either way, when I'm done I feel FANTASTIC!
Exercise keeps me energized, makes me less likely to get sick, makes my mood amazingly happy, makes me a more balanced wife & mother, helps me sleep better, and keeps my body fit & thin...and that's just SOME of the benefits I've experienced!
Why wouldn't I want to do it every single day if it can do all that?!? :)
7/13/14 12:36 A
i have never used one
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1,317 7/12/14 10:56 P
I used Spark Coach for a year, on a special deal and with 2 free DVDs thrown in, and mailed a coach nearly every week and learned a terrific lot and reached my goal weight early on. If I still felt the need of a trainer, it would be worth continuing with SC at the full rate. But I now continue using other SP resources and teams.
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7/12/14 3:08 P
When is it time to let go of your trainer ? If you think you have what it takes to become a personal trainer yourself, then it's time. When does a child decide they're ready to leave their parent's home and get their own apartment ? If you think you're ready, don't feel badly. Your trainer has done their job by teaching you what you need to do your workouts on your own.
Also, keep in mind, that even PTs have personal trainers. I work as a personal trainer and for a while, I was working with my own trainer. Any good trainer knows there is always something they can learn from someone more experienced than they are. You never stop learning. Your workouts should always be evolving. There will be times you may decide you want to work with a trainer to achieve a specific goal.
If you have the $$$, sure, you could have a PT session every week for the rest of your life if you wanted and that would be perfectly okay. You can go it on your own too or maybe work with a PT for a few sessions every once in a while. You really do have all sorts of options.
So, don't feel you're letting your PT down by letting them go. It sounds like they really did a good job if you're ready to become a PT too.
As far as where to start with personal training, ask your trainer which certification program they used. Most chain gyms will accept certifications from NASM, ACSM, ACE and AFAA. you can google them and their websites will pop up. They are all reputable fitness organizations. I have my PT cert from NASM.
Check out the websites. Start reading the literature. I will say this much, if you are ready to become a personal trainer, DON'T quit your day job. I love personal training, but it's really really hard to maintain a full time job with it. Most PTs work other jobs to make ends meet. Most don't make the money that someone like Jillian or Traci Anderson make.
I'm to frugal to ever waste money on a Personal Trainer when there is so much free information on the internet on how to do exercises and work out. My adult children got in shape using Tony Horton's P90X, which they did pay for the videos 3 1/2 yrs. ago. But, it sounds like you are ready to move on and you have made all the use out of this PT, so this is about your "being nice" and not leaving. Use the money for your OWN certification as that isn't cheap and don't let anyone discourage you.
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62 7/11/14 12:45 A
I worked with a trainer for almost 6 years. When she moved on, I had to fight not to cry. What would I do? How could I get along without her? The first few months alone I did what we had be doing together recently and any other things I remembered. Then a magical thing happened. She had taught me so much that she (quite correctly) knew I would be ok on my own. I had been using her as a crutch... Letting her decide the exercise routine. Once I had to figure that out alone, I used Sparkpeople and some other websites to help me identify a variety of moves to meet my goals and all is well. Ask yourself, do you need to know how to do things or what to do next?
If you can afford your trainer why do you have to give him/her up? I have worked out with my trainer for 2 1/2 years. Initially we took 60 lbs off of me. Then we put some muscle back on. He trained me to climb a mountain and run a half marathon. Now, he is helping me through some rehab and then to run a full marathon.
Fitness goals change. Trainers are not just for weight loss, they can help with any fitness goal. I have no intention of giving up my training. I might cut down as my running and miles increase, but again as the goals change the training changes.
I second the notion of spacing out your sessions with the trainer a little futher apart (perhaps every 10-14 days instead of once a week). In the meantime, pick up some books and check out some web sites on creating workout routines of your own. The "New Rules" series by Lou Schuler would be a great place to start.
If you're learning new things and being challenged, I see no reason to give the trainer up, but make sure you're working toward being able to go it alone. A good trainer will eventually work her way out of a job
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7/9/14 11:35 A
I know people that keep trainers for years just because its that additional person teaching them new things and keeping them on pace. My trainer has a cross trainer of her own because she also competes so don't think you need to ever give your trainer up. I know I have mine for a full year and I'll probably continue on for another just because she gives me that added boost and there are more things she wants me to accomplish past the year mark that she is just starting to accomplish herself 2 years with her trainer.
7/9/14 8:34 A
If you aren't relying on the PT for motivation (and it sounds like you have other goals to motivate you now) I don't see any reason to cut back or get rid of the PT. Best of luck in pursuing your certification!
7/9/14 8:33 A
" I think I am almost afraid to let my trainer go and do it on my own."
You sound like you are not ready yet. Close though! Have you tried spacing your sessions with him further apart? That might be a good transition.
Hello Spark family, I began this year January with my personal trainer. I have lost 27 lbs this year so far. I went from a size 12 to a 6. I went from 167lbs to 140.6. I only have 5 pounds to go to reach my goal. I now want to become a personal trainer. I feel and look better than I have ever looked! I think I am almost afraid to let my trainer go and do it on my own. I worked out with PT 1 hour out of the week. So really a lot of it I already did on my own. My eating and exercise are now habits. When is enough enough. I think I probably could use the money for my own certification. Your thoughts?
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