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AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/17/13 2:13 P

Oh, I've asked. Several times. The Y that I am at seems to have tons of administrative staff but there is never anybody around who can actually help with anything. I've left notes asking for an orientation, but nobody ever calls me back. Part of the problem might be that I tend to go extremely early in the morning or very late at night and nobody in an authority position is ever around when I am at the gym.

The facility is old and the equipment is ANCIENT, but they are opening a new facility in January. Perhaps they don't want to orient someone to the old/current facility? I don't know, but the atmosphere is unprofessional enough that I'm not sure I would trust the qualifications of any of their personal trainers.

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (255,247)
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7/17/13 10:24 A

@AZULVIOLETA6 - the Y that I go to sets appts with a fitness trainer to demo and set up all the machines. Have you asked at the front desk?

if you aren't getting the help you need, I'd talk to the manager.

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
7/17/13 4:54 A

All PTs are different. At my YMCA alone there are a range of different PTs, some that I like and others that I don't. Ask around at your gym for recommendations. Honestly, the receptionists know what's what, and they can tell you who is the most popular, and they are popular for a reason!

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/16/13 5:20 P

I've been a new member at a YMCA for almost three months now and am still waiting for someone to show me around and do an orientation. My Y seems to have tons of staff but run with shocking inefficiency all around.

I will let you know what I think if anyone ever gets around to helping me! :)

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (201,156)
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7/16/13 3:15 P

Do you use YELP ? What you might do is read some of the reviews posted on YELP about your local YMCA. some of the reviews may mention which trainers they've worked with that they like.

Also, go to the Y and ask other members which trainers they use and why. there are lots of different trainers out there. You may have to try a couple before you've found one you like who suits your needs.

Before you decide on a trainer, you have to decide what YOUR goals are first. Don't tell a trainer you want to get fit. Everyone wants to get fit. Be specific. Let that person know if you want to have more core strength. Let them know if you want to see definition in your arms. Otherwise, the trainer will give you a generic workout. If you want a workout designed for you, you need to let them know what you want.

And don't feel obligated to work wih the first trainer you get. there really are lots of different trainers out there. Some you will like. Some you wont. That's why you need to do your homework. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Be an informed consumer because personal training is not cheap. It IS an investment. Thus the reason to do your homework so that you get your money's worth.

PATTYGRAN Posts: 411
7/16/13 2:52 P

I agree with checking out the trainers before commiting but I've worked at a Y for 7 yrs and I know that our branch PT is one of the best around. Her reputation is stellar and there are many people at the Y who can verify that. Ask around and meet with the trainer, ask questions and go from there.

ROXIELU0422 Posts: 317
7/16/13 1:54 P

I work for the Y as well as an instructor. I know our trainers at my Y are ok, but I've seen better at other gyms. Get some recommendations from friends. Or try out one of the trainers at the Y and see if you like it.

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (255,247)
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7/16/13 10:06 A

ask the Y for some testimonials

CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (67,852)
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7/16/13 9:15 A

it is really the individual trainer and not to much the place where they are employed. I know our local Y has one of the best trainers in the area.

I suggest checking them out and seeing what they have to offer, Talk to people that go to your gym and see what they think.

SWIMMERGIRL0222 Posts: 785
7/15/13 10:48 P

I haven't used a personal trainer at the ymca but I have worked there for over 5 years and I also workout upstairs and know some of the trainers personally. I think the idea of having a personal trainer is excellent, however, the personal trainers at my ymca aren't very good. I know people who have used them and it seems like they just compile workouts based off the internet. It could just be the people who work at my gym though.... I know at my ymca you actually get a free personal training session included in your membership. I would talk to the front desk and see if they offer that where you are too.

MLAN613 Posts: 19,227
7/15/13 8:23 P

I don't go to the Y but working at a gym with personal trainers, I wold encourage you to check out the individual trainers at your gym. Each trainer has a personal style and strengths. Maybe you can check with the staff and/or people who have used the trainers specific to your gym.

PAMDAQTPI Posts: 605
7/15/13 6:40 P

I was thinking about getting a YMCA PT. I'd love to read some reviews first though. What was your experience like?

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