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I am going out the door any minute now to get a personal trainer. This is my goal for the day. I don't have any girlfriends to go to the gym with, so it is hard to stay motivated, and I find that when I do go I go for the same machines, and my fitness level is not improving (I get bored and watch the clock). I lost some weight recently, but it was all in the ass and hips (which is what I tend to work out only at the gym). But now I have switched job locations and work longer hours, and I don't drive, so gym time can only be on my days off or early mornings (my gym is a 5 minute walk, I have no excuse!). It seems every time I get into a rhythm of going to the gym I get ill (4 times so far this year!) or something else pops up.

All in all, I need someone to expect for me to show up so that I will show up, and someone to motivate me. I also need to work out other body parts, but many gym machines scare me because I can't figure them out, or I am just plain lazy to do crunches etc on my own. I do gardening, am all my feet all day at work (with much bending and lifting), I roller blade and walk my dog, but none of it is enough. I need a work out regime to match my new healthy eating lifestyle (and I hate work out videos and classes, I am far too competitive and too much of a perfectionist to enjoy it want to return, group exercise is not for me!)

I had a friend tell me what to expect price wise, but my question here for you all is, is it worth it? I have never heard negative things about one-on-one help, but you never know. I go to Good Life.

Also, am I expected to tip??? I am not a wealthy person, and I would only need to do this for around 3 months (or as long as it takes me to keep the momentum etc). Do you tip your trainer?
Jul 28, 2008 @ 11:18 am

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Highly recommended!

Hi Nessie,

I go to GoodLife too and I used to work with a personal trainer there. I didn't have a lot of weight to lose since I am petite, but I did lose what I planned to lose. I went from 125 lbs to a happy 110 now, in about 8 months. :)

The gym says it is 100% satisfaction guaranteed, and I'm sure that you'll be happy with a personal trainer. Mine really worked me til I'm growling at her LOL. But it really did show me how much I am able to lift, run, or push. Usually at the first hint of muscle burn I'll stop working out and move on. A personal trainer will push you, but also guide you to have proper form so you won't seriously hurt yourself.

Another plus about personal training is that once your sessions are over, you'll already have learned proper form, and the kind of weights you can do on your own. After my sessions, my trainer printed out endurance and muscle sculpting programs that I can do on my own. I'm sure yours would be more than willing to do the same for you.

The rates for personal training in GoodLife is ridiculous enough. I paid $35 per half hour session. I really don't think you are expected to tip. I didn't.
Jul 28, 2008 @ 12:47 pm

Hi yah.

I have been looking for a gym buddy too. But I can't afford to go to the gym now. I just do walk these days. I used to take weight training class when i was in highschool. It was fun hahaha At least I had a cute girl to look at back then hahaha. I don't know how many sessions you need a trainer for. Cause you would be doing the same exercises and learn new ones yourself anyway. Hope you have fun.
Jul 28, 2008 @ 06:48 pm

So far...

...so good. I am doing 1 hour sessions in the morning before work, so it means getting up early, but I think I prefer it that way. I find it very expensive, but I feel it is necessary for me to actually go and work out. My trainer is very nice, she knows my goals and is keeping me motivated. She tested my fitness level and didn't focus on the bad things (I never stretch and only do cardio, and always the same machine), and even gave compliments (apparently I am flexible!).

I won't be able to keep it up past november, and I had to put a lot of money down, but I feel it will be worth it when I fit into my old clothes again!
Jul 29, 2008 @ 07:52 pm

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