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KKKAREN SparkPoints: (216,849)
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12/11/13 9:42 A

If I could afford it I'd go with a trainer. I had one once and he got me in great shape and motivated to go on after him.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,100
12/10/13 1:27 P

I am using a trainer. Sure I can do it myself, but the problem is that I am not. He gives me the motivation I need. he gives me the encouragement i need and he varies the workouts. I only see him once a week. it's not that expensive and I can do without the crap that i used to buy at the store so that I can afford him.

KJEANNE SparkPoints: (39,604)
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12/9/13 2:54 P

The only thing I can add to all these great replies is to make sure the trainer gives you a program you can do on your own and pointers on how and when to increase intensity and/or weight.

SPARK921 Posts: 3,353
12/9/13 11:04 A

I also liked MOTIVATED@LAST's answer. I have been working on my health since July 8th and doing all by myself. I have lost just over one pound a week average. I didn't use a trainer because, once I don't want to (or can't afford to) pay a trainer, I would have to motivate MYSELF. So, until now I haven't used one.

However, I am not working again before the second week of January so I have decided to start using a trainer twice a week to ensure I don't backslide at all over the tempting holiday parties and feasting to come. :-) Once I go back to work, I will drop to doing it just once a week until I reach my next big goal of 199 pounds. Then I plan to drop to just twice a month to ensure I keep a variety to my strength workouts since it is my weakest area.

So my long answer is...I think there is definitely benefits to having a trainer and you can just use a trainer as often as your budget allows.

KMUZZY1 SparkPoints: (3,672)
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12/9/13 10:24 A

I like Motivated's answer. Since you are already very disciplined and can motivate yourself to work out and push yourself, I think using a trainer to help set up goals or a workout and then check back with the trainer periodically would be more than enough. :)

FIFIFRIZZLE Posts: 1,387
12/9/13 8:54 A

Back in my gym days we had a trainer to work out our programme and watch us for a session to make sure we were keeping to form. Then you were on your own for six weeks, then back to the trainer to ramp up the programme. Some trainers are good with injuries and will work out a strengthening programme for specific areas. Sounds to me like you would benefit from that.

MLEHTO SparkPoints: (51,660)
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12/6/13 7:27 P

What I did when I was working with a trainer was to have one session a week with the trainer and then do my other strength sessions for the week on my own.

As far as your knee injury is concerned, that is one of the benefits of a trainer is that they should be able to give you exercises to strengthen the knee but not reinjure it.

When I was working with a trainer, I had a specific goal in mind and needed to build strength in certain areas so the trainer gave me exercises specifically with those goals in mind. Yes, we worked on other things for overall fitness but I was targeting those areas and muscles I needed to accomplish my goal.

GETRESULTSMDMEE Posts: 1,344
12/6/13 12:38 P

Love the ideas you gave motivated @ last will incorporate these ideas into plan. Thanks for the website will look at now

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 56,739
12/6/13 7:57 A

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MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 14,290
12/6/13 7:00 A

You don't have to use a personal trainer every time you work out.

A smarter way to use a trainer would be to spend a couple of sessions having a trainer design a program for you, and perhaps ensure you are following the correct form.

Then follow that program for 6-8 weeks, then another session to update that program to one that is more challenging.

That way you could spin the 10 sessions out over 12-18 months, while ensuring that you are following a program that is compatible with your current level of fitness.

M@L

GETRESULTSMDMEE Posts: 1,344
12/6/13 6:43 A

I am pretty good about going to the gym and working out 3-4 days a week. I do strength training classes some Pilates, Zumba. I feel like I am not targeting specific areas enough. Also I have a knee injury so not sure if I am articulating all movements properly. I also struggle with nighttime munching. I do well during the day. Can a trainer show me moves that will not injure my knees more. Then what about when my 10 sessions are over I still have to do it on my own?

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