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Personal trainers suck!

I am sorry, but every personal trainer I see is wasting their client's time and money. The majority of these clients need to do one thing and one thing only. Get on a treadmill or eliptical and start huffing and puffing away for a few months to get in basic shape! (and maybe do like four basic compound lifts for total body strength i.e bench, squats, bent over row, situps)
I see personal trainers teaching overweight out of shape people all these new-fangled swiss ball upside down cruchedy moves that are fine for somebody who is in great shape, but beyond a waste for these people who go on to think that this is really cutting edge way to do all their workouts. What a disservice! These people are still in bad shape 6 months later b/c they are doing some low level goofy strengh training thing and getting the wrong advice.
I used to coach gymnastics so I know it is challenging to work with unmotivated people which is the majority of personal trainer clients (no offense, I know that is a lot of people on PT and that is why you want a personal trainer) so I sympathize but hey change your approach to the basics - I think personal trainers want to seem like they are on the cutting edge so they give advice that is for Terrell Owens!
People who need fitness help in the gym should get a workout parter instead!

Mon. Mar 17, 6:12pm

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I had to laugh at your post only b/c it reminded me of seeing someone from my gym out on a walk with a personal trainer as part of the session and I thought, "You're paying X dollars an hour to go on a walk with your trainer???"

Monday, March 17, 2008, 6:20 PM

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Some personal trainers are excellent and give invaluable advice in a number of areas. In my particular sport of cycling they can help with set up and posture to ensure you don't get injured. Most people new to exercise actually make a number of basic errors that can lead to getting hurt with the resultant effect on motivation. In addition it takes about 6 mths before practicing a new sport becomes a habit, a PT can get you over that initial hurdle. I remember my first trip on the bike weighing 200lbs thinking that I wasn't sure I could keep going!!!

Monday, March 17, 2008, 6:46 PM

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6:46...while your points are valid, most of the remedial-type of advice can be obtained for free by taking a fitness class that's just included in your gym membership. You tell the instructor that you're new to the class and they're usually pretty good at paying special attention to your form and progress.

My workouts tend to line up with the following useless PT sessions, which I just watch for entertainment:

1. The whiney little middle-aged woman who hogs 3 machines for 20 minutes each while she talks her trainer's ear off. Yup, she does 9 actual sets of lifting in an hour while the trainer nods and smiles like a puppet. For $65/hr.

2. Mr. Heavyweight Bodybuilder Trainer who just walks around looking good as much as possible in the middle of his sessions without even instructing his client to do anything while he's off strutting. I've never seen anyone take so long to open a window. His client looks pissed but she never says anything to him.

Monday, March 17, 2008, 8:16 PM

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i think that everone has individual needs.

some people have never worked out before and they feel comfortale starting with walking as cardio. and what theyre paying for is the motivation. the pt is showing them literally how to go for a walk and that if you keep your pace p and hit some hill, it truly can be cardio.

pt's also have to tailor to what it takes to keep people interested. maybe those overweight clients came in and said, we are so bored, we dont want to just do the treadmill or weight machines. so the trainer is teaching them the newest and most interesting exercises they know. my dad works out with a trainer, and has for a very long time--years. and he has remained out of shape. ver overweight, in fact. its bc of his diet, not bc he trainer isnt doing a good job and m dad would be the first to admit that. my dad doesnt want to get on the treadmill for an hour, he wants to be challenged mentally and physically.

Monday, March 17, 2008, 9:15 PM

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I would like to get a personal trainer because I would actually like to see a result from weight training, and think that a good one could help.

I did have a personal trainer one time, and ended up very disappointed. She would not give me the same exercise twice so i was never able to have a routine that i could do on my onw, despite my asking. I know her reason was that if I get a routine on my own I would come to her. But I am not rich, and she should have been more interested in my being able to have results rather than getting $60 a week out of me. Then I mentioned once that i had thought about taking ballet lessons again and she said she would teach me. After all - she had just taken 1 class in her life over the summer. Wow!

I kind of gym hop - looking for deals and less crowds and have observed some PT I would never want to be with. One woman who spnet the whole time with every client she had talking about herself.

One trainer who would have the client do a set - then they would walk around the track so he could say hello and stop to talk to everyone he saw along the way. Mr. Popularity - not on my dime.

I have observed one who I think would be really good. He is no nonsense and pushes his client. And his rates aren't bad at all. I just don't think I am fit enough for him. He might kill me!

Never satisfied, never satisfied.

Monday, March 17, 2008, 10:02 PM

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8:16 now that is what I am talking about!
I just want to hear if other people see the same thing.
I go to the gym by myself and go nuts lifting heavy weights for 30 mins and then run for 40 mins until my clothes are drenched with sweat and then I see all of these middle aged people with poochy bellies that have been coming to the gym for a year and a half and look no different and they are doing a couple of exotic excersies with like no weight and then walking around the track at a snails pace and their personal trainer is like right there! I have lost 40 pounds in that year and a half. Why don't the trainers tell them, look, change your diet, get on this eliptical and don't get off until you are sweaty and gross?

Do other people see that??

Tuesday, March 18, 2008, 10:18 AM

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My personal trainer only does weight training and interval cardio with myself and my BF. He is fantastic and makes us work out so much it's almost too much and its fantastic. He basically says we must do cardio 3 other times of the week, other than the 2 times I see him. I think ppl need to do your home work and find someone who wants what you want.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008, 10:34 AM

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I totally agree! The only consistent PT customers I see are "older" women (and I'm careful to use that term because I'm 38 and some would consider me old!) and they're barely doing anything while their trainer sits there doodling on their clipboards! I think where I live it's very cool and trendy, and a sign of your success to use a trainer... moms who wear makeup to the gym while little Logan and Kelsey play in the daycare room....when all anyone needs to do is run on that treadmill like someone's chasing you with a whip!!! A ball and some free weights won't do anything for you if the only time you use it is during that one session/week!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008, 11:28 AM

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lifting buddy model

I just wonder if a lot of people would be better off with something like a "lifting buddy" which like in college is someone who lifts right along with you switching off with you exercise for exercise, making sure the weight is maxed out for you, challenging you to get that one last rep, struggling as they spot you, checking your form, moving things along, keeping the pace up b/c they are there to work out too and generally just making you push the max weight in the minumum time. Now that is a personal trainer! The current personal trainer model seems inferior to this type of relationship. I had a huge guy from my office come and lift with me for one week (he punked out after that) but still that was a killer week!


Tuesday, March 18, 2008, 9:06 PM

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Lifting weights will help build muscle which burns fat, and you need more than 4 basic compund lifts to get the most benefit from that. Cardio is great, I love running, but it's lifting weight that really has helped me. (and yes I am a female)

Tuesday, March 18, 2008, 9:16 PM

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