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TONKA14 Posts: 4,947
8/9/12 12:32 P

You have received great advice. You might also check this article to be sure there isn't anything else you might want to consider.

How to Choose a Personal Trainer
Things to Consider Before Making the Investment
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
les.asp?id=895


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SWIFTSEATURTLE Posts: 3,328
8/9/12 9:58 A

The trainer that requires you to buy 20 sessions without letting you have a "test drive" seems unreasonable. There should be 1 or a few sessions to see how you get along, before you commit to one trainer.

The trainers at 24 Hour Fitness offer one free session, then you can buy sessions in groups of 3, 5, or more, and different length sessions.


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8/9/12 9:15 A

the trainer I hired worked with me on strength training. I usually got to the gym early and did a cardio warm up on my own.

I honestly wouldn't want to pay a trainer for cardio (unless I was training for a marathon, century ride, triathlon or something along those lines)

as others have said, I'd do some comparison shopping.

BTW - it was the best money I ever spent. I wish he was still doing personal training. I'd hire him again in a heartbeat!

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GUDDIGO Posts: 1,081
8/9/12 9:07 A

I have had 2 trainers before...the first trainer was smart....worked as hard as I did...which was nothing....the second trainer focused more on my balance and flexibility and gave me homework to do cardio....

MOTOMAMA Posts: 2,010
8/9/12 8:34 A

My trainer barely talks about cardio with me, he is all about weight training. During our sessions we run through the new routine he is giving me (I change mine about every 6 weeks) and makes sure I have proper form and answers all my questions and explains why he is making me do all these things (and ignores me when I whine LOL). I think you should check around and see if there are other trainers in the area, how much they charge (where I live you can't get a trainer for less than $50 an hour), and what their sessions are typically like. Even for $30 I would not want someone standing over me during my cardio.

DROPCONE Posts: 1,577
8/9/12 8:17 A

I would also ask about their credentials. There seem to be a number of different accrediting organizations (judging from the results of a quick internet search). And unless one of their credentials includes some kind of nutritional education, I'd probably be uninterested in that aspect of their program.

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8/9/12 7:56 A

Yes, call around and a good trainer will help you develop a well rounded exercise plan with a good balance of strength and cardio. And be wary of nutrition advice. Personal trainers are experts in exercise and not licensed dieticans (can't spell this for some reason) or nutritionists.

ANARIE Posts: 12,613
8/9/12 7:18 A

I would call around to others in your area to see how they compare. If he's the only option but he's not doing what you expect, ask whether he would be willing to focus on other things. I wouldn't want to spend training sessions on cardio since I can do that on my own, but other people find that paying for it forces them to go do it, so it's worth i tto them.

128PERFECT Posts: 3,026
8/9/12 5:52 A

I called yesterday about a personal trainer. I was wondering if this is what a personal trainer normal charges and does. He told me I had to do 20 sessions @ 30.00 dollars a session. The session is 1hour 15 minutes. And doing mainly cardio ( treadmill, stepper or elip. Some weigh training on somedays. He will give some diet advise. I thought a personal trainer did way more than this. What do you think?

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