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KATIEBUG431 Posts: 10
1/10/14 7:09 P

Hey Lexxa34,
I think asking the right questions and being honest about your concerns are the best way to approach the situation. These days it seems most trainers have worked with morbidly obese clients and are understanding of what that entails.

I have worked with several personal trainers throughout the past year at a large chain gym and have found that most have been very compassionate and understanding towards me, perhaps even more so when I was morbidly obese. I think actions often speak louder then words. Pick a trainer and try them out. I like to think of it like dating - keep on going until you find that perfect match. No harm in dating around in my book. You'll know the right match when you find it.

Best of luck to you and I hope you find your perfect trainer!

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1/9/14 2:03 P

Hi, LEXXA34 !

DIDS70 brings up a very good point. Before you decide on investing in a personal trainer, you have to decide what YOUR goals are first. Don't go to a trainer and say I want to be fit. Everyone wants to be fit. If you do that, you'll get whatever workout they want to do. You need to be very specific when you tell the trainer your needs. Because if I put you into a room with 15 trainers and you tell them "I want to be fit", you're going to get 15 different workouts.

Also, you are quite correct. Many PTs are not always properly trained to work with someone who is morbidly obese or someone with special needs. Many trainers do have a one size fits all workout and that's no good.

What to do ? If you're still looking into a gym membership, I suggest going to each gym and asking which trainers have experience working with morbidly obese clients. Ask if you can talk with that PT for a few minutes just to see if this person is right for you or not. Remember, you are not obligated to like the trainer who is assigned to you. That's why you need to take some time to talk to the person so that you know this PT is a good fit for your needs.

You may have to go to a bunch of different gyms looking for that right trainer. This IS an investment. You don't want to waste your money. And don't forget, this person works for you. Don't let them intimidate you into buying a package you can't afford. Many gyms will go for the hard sell. I would ask what packages they have in the 5-10 session range. Don't commit for anything longer just in case you may not like the trainer or gym.

The good news ? It's New Year's resolution season. that means many gyms are offerring really good deals on PT packages. Shop around.

But once again, can't emphasize enough the importance of having some specific goals before you start working with a PT. And one more thing, if a PT says they want to put you on a diet, just say NO. Unless that PT is also a state certified dietitian, they can not tell you what you should and shouldn't eat. PTs are just there to help you be a bit fitter. Most are not qualified to dispense dietary advice beyond the food pyramid. And many are forced to sell dietary packages or supplements their gym offer.

Be an informed consumer.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
1/9/14 1:00 P

first you need to determine what you really want. What kind of exercises do you like to do? If you absolutely hate lifting weights, then you want to make sure the trainer knows that. If you can't do certain exercises, make sure you tell that to them too.

Interview them. They are trying to get your business. make sure they are the right fit. Price is also a contender. Most gyms that I have attended is $25 for 30 minutes.

I have had two trainers that I used back at forth at LA fitness when I first joined. I have/had a leg issue after falling down stairs. I have a very bad bone bruise and depending on some of the exercises would mean pain or not. One of the trainers was into more of a bootcamp style. the other was more of a geriatric/rehab specialist. together both worked well. It didn't cost me any additional money to have two trainers.

Now i am back at LA Fitness (I moved and they didn't have them here). LAF bought out one of the gyms here so I am back. the trainer I have is definitely more into cross fit. Not sure about it, but they are starting me out slow. Building endurance and stamina first.

I told them my goals. I told them what i knew I could do and couldn't. My workouts are 30 minutes.

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1/8/14 6:41 P

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MLAN613 Posts: 19,248
1/8/14 5:33 P

Have you spoke with the individual trainers? I would encourage you to do that if you haven't. You may be surprised. I know one of the trainers at the gym I work at part-time has several morbidly obese clients and she is GREAT!

LEXXA34 Posts: 1
1/8/14 5:23 P

I would really like to find a local personal trainer to work with for at least 3 to 6 months to get me on track and give me direction. Thankfully, I live in a big city and have lots of choices. However, the problem is none of the ones I have checked out so far seem geared toward someone who is morbidly obese and has a very sedentary life style. I was looking for suggestions on how to find the right trainer for me. Thanks, Lexxa

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