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MLAN613 Posts: 19,048
3/9/13 8:31 A

You've gotten some great ideas for using the trainers. He could also develop some strength programs off SP if he's a member (or you could look and give him some ideas). Has he ever considered joining you in a class? They're not just for ladies.

SARAHANN01 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/9/13 8:12 A

I would recommend buying The New Rules of Lifting by Lou Schuler and 101 Workouts by Muscle & Fitness. I have the women's versions of both, and I have found them extremely helpful as I was completely clueless about strength training. There are a ton of workouts with illustrations and descriptions of how to do each move. It'll help develop a strength training plan on his own. Together these books will run you around $30 (a lot cheaper than a personal trainer).

CREICHEL Posts: 108
3/9/13 7:49 A

I could not/ can not afford a trainer. But, I made it work, cut out extras, and paid for a trainer. It is the best money I have ever spent in my entire life.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,457
3/8/13 9:10 P

Lotus makes a good suggestion.

One option is to get a trainer for just a couple of sessions, rather than every time he works out.

Once to design a program for your hubby, and perhaps a second just to ensure that he is using the correct form (no disrespect to your hubby, just that the correct form is hard to judge for yourself - much easier for someone else to see what you are doing).

Once he knows the program, having the trainer there is not necessary, and not adding much value.

He may need another session with the trainer in 6- 8 weeks time, as likely he will have gained strength and need a new/updated workout program to maintain the same degree of challenge.

This is waaay cheaper than using a trainer every session.

If after telling the trainer your budget constraints, he is unwilling to do this, get another trainer.

You are good to your hubby for trying to find ways to meet his needs.


LOTUS737 Posts: 4,380
3/8/13 6:14 P

The other option you have is to do 1 session with the trainer so you/your hubby can learn how to properly use the machines. Make sure you learn how to use all of them! The trainer will help you set your initial weight, but as long as you increase the weight every week or so you don't really need to pay for ongoing training sessions. In a few months you can do another training session to get new routines. I would just be honest with the trainer and tell him what you need- and if he's not amenable go outside the gym and find someone who is!

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
3/8/13 4:05 P

He can certainly come up with his own program without too much trouble. My suggestion would be 2 days cardio (maybe intervals on the treadmill?) and 3 days strength doing: squats, deadlifts, push ups (modified if needed), pull ups (if there is an assisted pull up machine he should be able to start at his level and work his way up to unassisted ones), and walking lunges. A quick google can help with form, and there should be trainers in the gym who can give a bit of quick advice without having to pay.

DMJAKES Posts: 1,635
3/8/13 3:33 P

Go to the library and check out a few books on the subject, including the New Rules of Lifting (there is a men's version, women's version, and several others), and You Are Your Own Gym. Both should give him plenty of ideas to get started. There are web sites is a good place to start, or even right here on Spark.

TORIAMAE Posts: 1,080
3/8/13 3:00 P

While working out with a trainer can be helpful, it is not necessary. If it's an expense you can't afford, you certainly shouldn't take it on. There are plenty of low and no cost ways to liven up a fitness routine.

Sparkpeople has recommendations for strength training workouts as do countless other free sites. He can do those for way less that $200 per month.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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3/8/13 2:58 P

Look outside of the gym. I guarantee you that fee is marked up and the gym takes its cut. Your husband can find a trainer much cheaper elsewhere, and might even be able to trade for services. I swapped a website for my trainer. :) She normally charges $20 an hour, so I do her website in return for training!

CHERRYLYNN18 SparkPoints: (586)
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3/8/13 2:53 P

My husband and I recently joined LA Fitness. I LOVE it. I take the classes as often as I can. My husband just walks the treadmill while I take class and is getting bored. I had him meet with a trainer (first encounter free) and he loved it! Problem? The personal trainer wants him to get on a training plan that is $200 A MONTH!

We don't have this kind of money and the gym fee is a stretch for our budget as is. I want my husband to enjoy working out as much as I do but I don't know what to do for him. I suggested hiring the trainer for one on one but that is $50 per half hour session. Any ideas? My husband needs guidance.

Thank you in advance for your help!

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