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Are Personal Trainers Worth The Money?

If I was hardcore into body sculpting, i'd see the value. Otherwise I'm just paying extra to make sure I go to the gym. And for losing weight, for the first few months you just need cardio. right?

Sat. May 12, 10:10pm

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They are but only if you can see the results in a close friend and they recommend them to you.
Some aren't so good and you can end up spending a lot of money and not seeing any results. I have a friend who used a personal trainer and they and I saw little to no gains. Their weight and body fat percentages all stayed at or near the same levels. They went to another trainer, and results began immediately!

Saturday, May 12, 2007, 11:34 PM

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A trainer is more important for the everyday person rather than body sculptors. To help make my point you said "for the first few months I just need cardio right". This is a large mistake that many individuals make. You lose weight and look better not only by doing cardio but also resistance training. By mixing the two you get the most out of your work out. Weight training will help you build muscle which in return will make your body more efficient by burning more calories. You also burn calories post weight training for about 2 hours. You only burn calories for about 30 min post cardio workout.
The personal trainer comes into play with making sure your balancing out the two correctly. They also help with form and technique for weight training. I cannot express how important form, proper breathing, and posture are when it comes to resistance training.
Then nutrition comes into play which is the other half of the results you’re looking for. Some trainers can also help you out with nutrition given they have the proper certifications or course work.
And not all people who are "certified personal trainers" are equal. Do some research on your trainers’ certifications to find out if they are worth the money.
GOOD LUCK! Consistancy and proper guidence is the key!

Sunday, December 07, 2008, 10:33 PM

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I think your work-out personality comes into play, too. Are you someone who doesn't naturally push yourself? Are you lacking ideas of what do with with weights or ways to put together a workout? Do you wander around the gym b/d you don't have a plan? Do you bang out the same ole cardio workout day after day?

A good trainer is great for people who need that little extra push, for those who could use a workout makeover, and it can be a great way for those new to working out to learn (and make sure they use correct form.) Of course, I can't tell you how many people I hear who say their trainer told them not to use weights until they lose weight doing cardio first. ARGH.

Monday, December 08, 2008, 8:48 AM

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article in the pt fitness section

Great stuff in here.


Monday, December 08, 2008, 8:56 AM

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I agree with 8:48

I thought I was in good shape. I worked out 4 times per week but I was lazy about it. I didn't really push myself and I was going through the motions. I hired a trainer and he introduced me to new workouts and really gave me that push I needed to really change my body. He made me realize I had so much more to give and he was there to shove me when I would have quit. It was worth every penny I paid!

Monday, December 08, 2008, 12:33 PM

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I think that a personal trainer can be a VERY useful tool. But unless you eat clean, you won't see the results you want. You need to try to eliminate as much processed foods as possible, and replace them with fresh produce, protein and sources of fiber (such as whole grains)....and you must drink lots of water. If you're not ready or willing to do this, a personal trainer won't help you see the results you want because it's going to be hiding under a layer of fat.

My 2 cents.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 1:28 AM

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What is up with the 1:02am post. Will advise PT.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 1:30 AM

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OMG 1:02.. feel like I just slipped into another dimension or something!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 2:19 AM

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I will disagree with 1:28 only b/c one CAN see results even if they don't eat 'clean.' I'm not saying striving to eat clean isn't a great thing and wouldn't serve us all well, but having lost weight and gotten in the best shape of my life eating all foods in moderation (and before the term 'eating clean' became a common term) I know it can be done.

One definitely won't see results if they continue to overeat, clean, processed or otherwise!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 7:07 AM

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