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9/4/13 1:09 P

I am a personal trainer so I will admit to some bias but I find I have a different approach to being a trainer, I see myself as a teacher, not a semi-permanent fixture in you gym routine. Mu goal is to teach you so that I work myself out of a job ensuring that you have the knowledge to continue you fitness programme for life. I am taken aback at what the average cost for a personal trainer is at most gyms, today's Minneapolis Star Tribune cited an industry source who stated the average cost of a personal trainer nationally was $50 per hour. A very nice hourly wage for someone who may or may not have a bachelor's degree and a recognized certification.

My suggestion is to arrange for limited number of sessions with a trainer who sees themselves as a teacher, one who will give you the information and knowledge you need to succeed, not one who wants to keep you in their "stable" running the meter. If they are selling anything other than knowledge and motivation treat them as shrubbery from Monte Python and run away.

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9/4/13 12:36 P

If money is an issue, then it should be a "no". I too do not have that extra $$ for a trainer, which I would love, so instead I workout at home, dumbbells, jump rope, kettle bells, old 80's stationary bike.. The options for home work outs are endless!!!

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9/3/13 6:46 P

All the posters here have made good points....if $$$ is not freely available now, maybe you can take advantage of group classes, or find a workout buddy. I lost 60# in 6 months using a trainer-I was motivated, I knew someone would be there & it was nice not to have to 'think' of what I needed to do...Each person has to make up their own mind, but I wouldn't rush into it just because 'it's the last day' of the special...there will be more opportunities

MEGAPEEJ Posts: 732
9/3/13 6:33 P

A big question is what do you do now towards your health and weight loss? Do you think there's something more out there that you don't know, that's preventing you from losing weight?

Only you can know if a trainer is worth it for YOU. When I started at my gym, I got one free session with a personal trainer, to discuss goals, exercises, set a baseline of fitness, etc. The trainer was very straight with me and said that I personally probably did not need more sessions at that time - I KNEW that I needed to eat less (and exactly where I was eating too much) and had a pretty good exercise plan drawn up based on my own research and my goals were realistic and attainable. He showed me a few exercises and said that if I got to a point where my plan wasn't cutting it anymore I might need a trainer to help push me - but that I would do ok on my own. And I have.

I think if you're missing the knowledge from somewhere else, a trainer can be great. But they still can't make you do anything you don't WANT to do, so depending on your reasons for being interested in a trainer, they may or may not help.

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9/3/13 4:56 P

Yes a personal trainer is worth it. I am sad that the one who helped me get in great shape moved up to management and stopped training. Having dedicated training sessions is motivational, and also what I loved about it is that if I was tired or having a bad day, I could just show up and not have to even think about what I was going to do at the gym. I could just get ordered around and make sure I was working hard and using good form and not have to think too much about what routine I was going to do or how long or how many sets or what exercises to perform, and ultimately I trusted my trainer to give me a great session every time.

Personally I would make sure that you get a guaranteed number of "sessions" for the year you are signing up and that the sessions don't expire. What if you get injured or sick? What if something comes up and you can't go for a month, or you need to cancel a session? The plan I got was a 1 year monthly payment plan but had a certain number of sessions that never expire and I actually still have a bunch left and it's been a couple years. I stopped going after my trainer quit and am trying to get up the courage to try to find a new gal.

Edited by: -CORAL- at: 9/3/2013 (16:58)
SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
9/3/13 4:27 P

Granted I'm not exactly impartial when I say a personal trainer is worth it since I am one. However, not all trainers are created equal, even if they have the same credentials, and you have to find the right one for you to make it work. And some people can't handle the pressure of a one-on-one situation and prefer the social aspect of classes and small groups. I would at least try personal training and find one you like before making such a huge commitment.

And although you said you've got into great shape and lost weight before, a trainer can help you find the motivation and commitment to make lifestyle changes that last as well as tools for maintenance. And even though you can do it, I don't think you can beat the specialized knowledge, education and training that a competent personal trainer brings to the equation. A good trainer can spot and help correct muscle imbalances, ensure that your fitness plan is well-rounded and comprehensive and help you progress toward your goals more quickly in a systematic manner.

I think if you rush this decision, you will be sorry. Take your time and find the best fit for you.

9/3/13 3:39 P

Personally, I've gotten a lot out of sessions with my personal trainer. It was something I committed to when I needed to really take care of myself (I've blogged about it so won't repeat it all here).
Building on what ArchimedesII said, here are my two thoughts:

Absolutely check to see what other packages they have. it makes sense to try it out first, because you might not be a great fit with a particular trainer. If you talk to a training sales representative and tell them that you think you want a trainer but need to try it before committing, they might offer you some other deal.
The thing that I've found most frustrating about working with trainers is that they tend to have a fairly high turnover, at least at the gyms that I've gone to in the past. Last week my trainer told me that she's leaving, which leaves me in a tough position because I strongly prefer female trainers and she's the only one at my gym. That means I have to try other locations or wait until they hire another female. It's just something to keep in mind as you weigh the pros and cons of a year-long might have to switch trainers.

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9/3/13 3:03 P

You don't need a personal trainer to help you lose weight or get fit. You can do these things on your own. However, a personal trainer could motivate and push you to surpass any goals you have. A personal trainer is merely a tool you can use to help you achieve your goals.

But, keep in mind, what you get out of a personal training session is dependent on what you put in. Don't pay good money if you think you might quit after a certain period of time. One year IS a very big commitment of time and money. So, one question you have to ask yourself is whether or not you are committed to see that trainer each week for that entire year's time.

Also, even a 50% off, one year's worth of training is a lot of money. Even if each session is say, $50 and they mark it down to $25 a session, that's still $1300 for the entire year. that assumes one session per week for 52 weeks. Let's say you take a few days off during the year. Let's say you do 45 sessions, that's still $1125 for the year assuming each session is twenty five.

If you'd like to work with a personal trainer, don't commit for a year. Instead, see what sort of packages of 5 and 10 sessions they have. That may be a better short term investment. I know 50% off is a really great deal, but once again... are you ready to make the commitment you need to make ? because if you skip a session, you still get charged for that session. If the PT bails on you, that's different. But if you skip out on the trainer, you lose that session.

What would I do ? I'd look into other training packages. I'm sure you'll find a more suitable package. And gyms are ALWAYS running deals. If you miss this one, another will come along during the holidays. Gyms are like everyone else, looking to make a sale.

So, if you don't have the money to commit to an entire year, I wouldn't do it. Look at a different PT package.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 9/3/2013 (15:04)
VKKESU Posts: 1,010
9/3/13 1:53 P

I've gotten into great shape and lost weight before. I know I can do this without a problem. Money is the main issue .....

It has to be for a year to get their 50% off special. Today is the last day to sign up (yes, I put it off). If I could do it for a month or two, I'd prefer that....... but not with this sale currently going on.

What am I missing by not having a trainer ? That's my main question.

Considered losing what I can, then waiting for another sale if they have one at Christmas or Thanksgiving . But it would be nice also to have it take me all the way through the winter.

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