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Need Advise urgently!! Re: Personal Trainers


Hi ladies,

So I joined a gym and so far am enjoying it.  I do find however that often after a group workout class, I'm wandering around aimlessly thinking 'what should I do now?'  I feel like working out more but don't have a good handle on the equipments, or even which I should use for the results I'm seeking.

What I'm looking for is this: 
A day by day workout plan.
So something like:  Monday: Cardio day - 30mins on eliptical. 30mins on bike. 10mins bla bla ..
Tuesday: Upper body: 20x 2reps of equipment ScaryOne and 40x 3reps on equipment MonsterTwo

I don't want to spend forever on a machine..very short attention span here.  I want to have a checklist for everyday.  Something I can methodically go through and check off.

Oh and also a calorie guide - how much I should consume a day, keeping in mind my workout plan, to help me lose weight.

I've spoken to the gym manager, and he's really pushing me to get a personal trainer.  The thing is, I'd think this guy is just being a salesman (which he is to an extent) but I also feel that he really believes it'll help me so he wants me to invest in it.  They're having quite a good deal on PT's right now.  At least I think it's a good deal.

3 sessions for $129 and 6 sessions for $229. 

Anyways, that's what I want from a personal trainer.  Is that what I'll get?  Is it worth it?  What should I expect from a good personal trainer?

Please respond asap ladies, I need to make this decision today 'cuz they're not going to hold this 3 / 6 session offer for very long!! 

Thanks so much :)
Apr 13, 2011 @ 10:30 am

4 Replies


Do it! You're worth it!

You're right, the gym manager IS a salesman, but he is also right a personal trainer could be a great investment. When I first started going to the gym when I was 15 my mom and I both got a trainer and it was probably one of the best decisions we made.

My trainer made me feel comfortable at the gym, she talked with me about my eating habits and what I could change, she helped me to understand what exercises would be the best for my shape/age etc. But I think the best part of the trainer was that she was focused 100% on me and my hour at the gym she kept me focused and she made my time at the gym a positive experience. Although I stopped working with her when I was 18 (because she got promoted to gym manager, and I moved out for school) all that I had learned from her stuck with me and I haven't gone more than a month without stepping foot in a gym since.

Ok now I'm getting super nostalgic and I might have to go visit Amanda (my trainer) in Guelph the next time I'm home... what I'm trying to say is I think it's a great idea even if it's only for 3 or 6 sessions. As long as you go to those sessions and soak up as much information as possible and ask all of the questions you can and really take what they tell you seriously I think it could be such a great decision for you becky :)

Good luck!!

Apr 13, 2011 @ 10:44 am


Thanks Lauren! :) I also spoke to a coworker who has used a personal trainer and she highly recommends it. Basically from what she described, a PT will help me in every way I want. I.e. workout plan, diet. Give me a good idea of where I'm starting (BMI, Body Fat %, Weight) and guide / motivate me to get where I want to go. I really want a workout plan, which he will give me. I often find myself walking around aimlessly at the gym wondering what to do next....a workout plan will really help me in going in, doing what I need to do, and leaving.

I'm on my way to the gym now to sign up for the 6 sessions! yay me :) Thanks for the encouraging words!! :)
Apr 13, 2011 @ 05:14 pm

No problem!

I agree with you, if I don't have a plan or even a hour goal of what I want to accomplish I find myself wasting time wandering or quitting early or just not getting the most out of my workout.

I like to bring a little notebook where i write down what exactly I want to do. This way I stay focused and I know what to expect next. It also keeps me on track even if someone else is using a machine I planned to use; I can either sub-in another exercise and work the same muscle or skip the exercise and go back later. And it also means that I work all of the muscles I need to rather than just hitting the same muscles every time out of habit. Good Luck! I'm so excited for you :)

Apr 14, 2011 @ 12:07 pm
Ali de Bold

Get one

It will be the difference between getting results and not getting results. Unless you are super disciplined and already have a couple of workouts that have been created for you in the past by someone who knows what they are doing, you will never see the results you are looking for because you'll fall into bad habits and won't push yourself as hard.

I have worked out with a couple of great trainers including Trainer George and found that's the only way to get results. Now I have several different workout programs I can do on my own in between sessions. I will be counting on that when I try to lose the baby weight in the fall!

Good luck!
Apr 14, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

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