I workout at 24 Hour fitness and when you first sign up you get a trainer. I didn't have a good experience with my trainer and prefer to work out on my own. The first trainers kept not showing up when scheduled. Finally they gave me the manager. He mumbled and I couldn't understand him and his writing was so bad I couldn't read what he wrote for me to do. I hope you have a better experience than I did. By the way, he is no longer manager.
Now I'm remembering a trainer I had back at Gold's gym and he was great. He measured & weighted me and showed me how to use the machines and motivated me.
Sorry. I don't have the budget for a PT. I had one consultation with one at a former gym and he worked me so hard that I literally could not stand, walk, or move for a week afterwards. He overdid it and after that I have no desire to even look at PT's.
current weight: 289.0
Fitness Minutes: (62,215) Posts: 28,504 3/16/11 5:14 P
When I first started with my PT (I use Nicole now on SP) years ago- my first meeting was a "consultation" so he could help me define goals and to inform me how to go about tackling those goals. I took a BMI test (with those fat gages), flexibility test, aerobic fitness test on the treadmill, and the consult. He took all of this info to design a plan- that went over the next meeting. Everything at that club we electronic so anything you did on the machines was recorded under your code- then you manually entered in non machine work. Each week he would take a look at what I did and make suggestions. He taught me how to use each machine and coached me along the way to motivate me. I loved it- it worked very well for me!! Right now I have one in college and one on his way so I don't have that kind of income to spend. But what I learned from him was invaluable - so I feel confident using just what is here on SP for free. If you can swing it-- do it! Good Luck!
"I am the only one in charge of my happiness, no one else."
Pounds lost: 80.5
Fitness Minutes: (34,737) Posts: 2,161 3/16/11 10:49 A
My personal trainer started off asking me what my goals were and getting some insight into what I expected to get out of working with a personal trainer. He asked about my medical history so he could find out that I have had open heart surgery and have arthritis in my knees and right ankle. That way, he can keep that in mind while developing a workout for me to avoid causing any problems with them. From there, he did a baseline workout with me so he could see my strengths and weaknesses to determine what I need to work on first.
I like working with a personal trainer once a week because he shows me new exercises to do to change things up and makes sure my form is good to avoid injury. The rest of the week I workout on my own. It's also good because he pushes me harder than I will sometimes push myself and I find I lift a heavier weight or hold the plank longer when working with him than when I work alone.
current weight: 219.6
Fitness Minutes: (54,373) Posts: 4,888 3/16/11 10:36 A
I know what my goals are, what I am wondering is what the PT will want to know about. Should I go in armed with my nutritional printouts, should I be prepared to step on a scale, will s/he expect me to stick to a defined meal plan, basically what is the process. I'm assuming they will define a work-out plan to help me meet my goals.
My goals are to: 1 - keep losing weight 2 - strengthen knee/ankle so I can trust them when doing karate (when jumping/landing/twisting) 3 - be able to do 50 consecutive push-ups 4 - run 2 miles in 18 minutes 5 - overall toning & strength
Original SW on 1/1/11 - 204.4 lbs. Original GW on 9/1/11 - 134.5 lbs Original GOAL ACHIEVED! 70 lbs. banished!
New SW on 6/6/16 - 183.8 New GW by 12/31/16 - 135
Mind the Gap! between what we know we should do and what we actually choose to do.
current weight: 174.9
Fitness Minutes: (166,717) Posts: 132,809 3/16/11 10:28 A
It depends on what your goals are. If you are totally new to exercise it may be a good idea to learn the right way. Trainers may have you doing exercises you would otherwise not do because lack of desire or the drive.. Trainers can snap you out of some bad habits and can be a motivation.Once you learn the teciques there may be no reason for a PT.
1/1/10 Start Wht 279 lbs 12/1/15 Goal 180
**Maintain** "OR" set new Goal! 170's maybe??
current weight: 205.0
Fitness Minutes: (142,241) Posts: 7,273 3/16/11 9:56 A
Hi, I've not got the budget or desire yet to hire a personal trainer. Though, I do know there are a number of articles here on SP that tell you what to look for in one, questions to ask, and how to insure you click. Why not do a search, check out the articles, and don't forget to click on the spark point button at the end of them to get some points racked up.
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