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I tried out the personal trainer thing at my gym last spring and it turned out to be a huge waste of money. He lured me into a lot of diet products and sessions with him that cost me around 1500$! I got a hernia, and when I called the gym to tell them I'd be missong some appointments they told me my trainer wouldn't be returning to the gym anymore because of family issues. I later found out that he was fired for sexual harrassment and was never a certified pt!
I got an attorney, I was so pissed, as of right now I still have 11 sessions left, I am fighting to get my money back and time out of work.
I guess everyone go some background checks before you make a commitment to get a trainer.
Mon. Feb 27, 8:01pm
Im so sorry :(
I am so sorry this happened to you!
Good for you fighting for what is yours!
i hope your hernia is better and that you kick his butt in court :)
Tuesday, February 28, 2006, 10:22 AM
That's worse than my story. I have a shoulder that never was quite right after I fell and yanked it with one.... There was another trainer that had me doing jumps with my enormous boobs bouncing all over the place in front of cardio equipment... Some were just idiots and crap company.
Tuesday, February 28, 2006, 1:12 PM
That IS a bad story!
My trainer never even weighed or measured me, we only weighed in maybe 4 times in 15 sessions. I didn't do the cardio on my own and the results were I was strong but basically BIGGER!
Next time, I would say if you are not motivated to workout on your own (which is WHY I GOT THE TRAINER), say so and ask them to do 30 mins of cardio with you and THEN do speed circuit training in 30 mins. I would rather do strength training on my own than force myself to run on th treadmill.
Tuesday, February 28, 2006, 3:29 PM
bad experience, too
I went through the company at LA Fitness. Half of the appts were missed by my trainers, which I had 4. It was a 6 month program that took over a year to complete. Yep, a big waste of $$$.
Maybe we should all become personal trainers and start our own company ;)
OP, just curious, which company, if you feel comfortable?
Tuesday, February 28, 2006, 3:49 PM
I had a horrible experience with 2 of them. Is there really a certification? I feel like there is no way to tell if someone is good or not and I feel like there are many more bad ones than good ones.
Tuesday, February 28, 2006, 3:58 PM
I had a trainer through Gold's and she never had time in her schedule to fit my schedule. I would have liked to see her on two weekday evenings but instead had to fit in on a Sunday afternoon. She was late several times which isn't cool since I was paying for her time.
Tuesday, February 28, 2006, 4:02 PM
wow! i am so sorry all these bad experiences have happened... i've had trainers at 3 times in my life, from 3 different gyms, and they all worked out wonderfully! these women helped me learn how to use machines and free weights and motivated me to stick with it - good trainers are out there! mabye interview the person before paying for it? GOOD LUCK.
Wednesday, March 01, 2006, 10:32 AM
THERE IS A WAY TO TELL IF SOMEONE IS A GOOD TRAINER
I highly recommend finding good trainers through referrals, ask friends, coworkers, etc. if they have had a good trainer and to recommend them to you. Next, just like you would do references for anyone you would personally hire, whether for work or babysitters, etc. do references on your trainer.
Also, certification from a reputable association is important...ACE or ACSM etc.
Signs of a bad trainer:
*excessive talking about THEMSELVES - HUGE TURN OFF
*excessive selling - pushing products and services on you
*not enough attention to you - they don't weigh/measure you, heck, they don't even listen
*lack of professionalism - trainers should be professional, just because they aren't in an office environment, doesn't mean they don't need to be professional.
Never sign up for a big package - insist on a free trial like a one day pass or pay as you go until you find someone you trust and like.
Wednesday, March 01, 2006, 12:03 PM
Worst Experience Ever
When i was about 8 years old i was told i couldn't play sports and participate in P.E. classes (long story, due to health related issues). When i went to that trainer i was 15, still haven't done much sports, just 30-40 minutes a day of yoga, and still haven't been participating in P.E. classes. You can see that i was not in the best shape. On top of that i was just coming from a stressful experience and i have been taking medicine that made me gain weight. I go to meet with my instructor for the first time (a woman). She had big muscles and a male-like voice. I thought since she was going to give me some sort of a diet plan to go with the exercises but no. When we started talking one of the first things she said was 'I see you let yourself go', then the only 'diet' advice she gave me was 'Stop eating at McDonalds, cut off chocolate cakes and pizza'. It might be hard to believe but i've never eaten at McDonalds and i really really really hate pizza, i have nothing against chocolate cake but i don't eat it every day. The first time we workout she tells me 'those leggings are a bit small for you don't you think', glancing at a brand new pair of leggiings that fit perfectly. Let's not mention that after i paid for having a PERSONAL trainer, that PERSONAL trainer would almost every time have simultaneous workouts with other people. She would leave me running on the treadmill or on the elliptical and disappear somewhere. Sometimes when she was having a workout with one other woman she left me doing reps of one of the exercises we usually did, i did all of the reps i told her i was ready and she said 'I didn't see you doing all of them', well yes because you were talking to somebody else. Than we did another exercises i was again ready with all of the reps and she said 'i should start counting your reps', maybe you should start paying attention to me. We didn't see each other for about five days because i was sick. I was vomiting and had stomach pains and then i had a birthday. On the day after my birthday i go to her. I told her why last week i couldn't come and she said 'So what, you were vomiting from all the time for four days and had constant stomach pains?Now you will have to come here everyday for the next two weeks so we can makeup for the lost time'. I would like to add here that a week or two before my mother called her to ask how i was doing, although i was doing everything she asked and she told me i was doing great she told my mother that i ''wasn't serious enough and spoilt'. My mother also told her that those weeks where she wanted me to be at the gym all the time i was going to have end-of-the-year exams and wouldn't have so much time.
Back to the day after my birthday. She asked me what i was eating and i told her the truth 'Oatmeal for breakfast, a little bit of nuts inbetween breakfast and lunch, salad with some kind of meat or fish for lunch, fruits in the afternoon if i was hungry and again salad with fish or meat or sometimes a vegetarian dish for dinner'. She didn't believe me, i said i had one piece of cake yesterday because it was my birthday and she freaked out. How i could eat cake, it didn't matter it was my birthday, crap like that. At the end of the workout she left me running for thirty minutes on the treadmill, disappeared somewhere claiming she would be back in fifteen minutes. After twenty minutes she wasn't back. Before she put me on the treadmill she ordered lunch on the phone. Angry i got my things and left (i do shower after workouts but at home because i live in a building across the gym), while i was going out of the gym i saw her eating.
During one of our first workouts she was starting to get friendly and asked me where i went to school. She knew it was a private school, so she started asking me what does your father do, what does your mother do, how do your parents have money to pay for your school, why you chose private school, Hold on, the only thing you need to know about me is how many reps of your stupid exercises i do and you didn't even keep track of that.
She also wanted me to take some muscle increasing pills.
I blocked her number and i went to a different trainer.
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