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YOGAGEEK SparkPoints: (6,917)
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9/9/13 10:43 A

I was amused by the comment on the article criticising the trainer who encouraged 30-minute sessions over hour-long ones, claiming you needed at least 60 minutes, plus 30 minutes of cardio, otherwise how could you get an effective workout?

Sure, I've done a 60-minute strength training workout followed by 30 minutes of card - but that was beginner pilates and then a walk home. If I was with a personal trainer I'd want the most for my money, which would mean a more intense (and shorter) workout that would undoubtedly leave me knackered after 30 minutes. If you're doing an intense workout and think it should be lasting 90 minutes, you're probably not working as intensely as you think you are.

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9/9/13 8:44 A

From your comments and this article, it sounds like I lucked out in joining a gym that hires relatively ethical and well-qualified trainers. They're very willing to have small groups (5 or under) for training sessions and I've never had a trainer push me too hard or push products (other than more sessions) at me. But now I have a better idea of what questions to ask if I change gyms.

9/8/13 3:14 P


You and I both are of the opinion that quality wins over quantity and that intensity trumps duration. Do the Dirty Thirty , git 'er done and have a life outside of a gym.

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9/8/13 3:01 P

I used to work with a trainer who believed that if you weren't ready to hurl by the end of his workout, you weren't working hard enough. And I heard him berate many of his clients ! He did have one woman run out of his class crying. That's not the way you treat a person. I never understood why the gym kept him.

Oh and personally, I have been encouraging my clients to do a 30 minute session over a 60 minute ones. I won't refuse the money, but I too feel that they get a better workout in the shorter period of time.

9/8/13 12:31 P

Here is an article from the Wall Street Journal about personal trainers which everyone should read.

"Ten Things Your Personal Trainer Won't Tell Your"

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