Did anyone have a personal trainer for wedding prep?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

cls9q:  I currently am working with a trainer once a week at $30/session. Here are my thoughts:

Pros: Keeps me motivated to go..he is literally waiting at the gym for me at 6am every Tuesday, I HAVE to show up! Shows me new workout moves to target new areas OR helps me target more than one area at a time…ex: standing on a BOSU ball while lifting dumbells..engages core AND works arms. Also, he is super friendly on the eyes 🙂

Cons: Now that I have been with him for 3 months, I have seen a slight increase in muscle tone (nothing major, but I COULD if I were more self-disciplined) but I feel that I could do these workouts myself. I am basically using him to be my personal cheerleader/motivator.

I think it is totally worth it to have someone kick you into gear for a few months, but after that…save your money and motivate yourself! Ask him/her the best moves for your trouble areas, get really good at those moves, then do them yourself.

Another small tidbit, now that I have a trainer “friend” at the gym, I can go up to him at any time and ask him for help, or ask him for a new move for my triceps, without paying him to teach me..we’re just gym friends now 🙂

I used to do crossfit 3-4 times a week and was in the best shape of my entire life…but also cried every month I had to pay $200. Jillian Michaels DVDs are great train-yourself videos too, also try BodyRock tv..you just have to MAKE yourself do it (I wasnt forcing myself, so I paid for a trainer 🙂

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I did.  I worked out with her 2 times a week consistently for about 2.5 months.  I also did 2 to 3 other workouts on my own, usually running, the elliptical, or videos from fitnessblender.com (HIIT workouts or other cardio and strength training blends).  I didn’t change my diet drastically, but I did track what I ate and tried to cut back on the sugar a little….I have a big sweet tooth though, so I could never cut it out completely!  And since I was doing so much lifting it was actually important to make sure I ate enough, especially protein and good carbs.

I think it was totally worth it.  My trainer has her own business so her rates were a lot lower than the typical gym rates, and it was a much more relaxed way of training.  I really developed some muscle tone, and dropped a full size.  The number on my scale didn’t go down too much, but it wasn’t about that.  I did drop almost 3% body fat, and it did show.  I felt really good!

I’ve definitely slipped a bit since the wedding….but not back to where I was before I started training.  I still have more arm strength than I had in the past, and my weight has stayed about the same (just lost some muscle mass and gained some body fat back).  It hasn’t been too tough to maintain the results for the most part though.  

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

If motivation is your biggest issue, not weight loss/technique, I’d try to find a workout buddy instead. I had trouble getting motivated to go to the gym until my fiance and I set up a dedicated schedule that we’d adhere to together – specific days, at specific times, every week. No matter what. Having someone to be accountable to has made a huge difference – I have zero luck getting motivated to go without him (and vice versa).

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

after I bought my dress I hired a personal trainer. I got a deal on livingsocial so it was affordable. After three weeks I lost two whole inches off my waist so I would say it was worth it. I finished the package and am debating buying more sessions at full price but it’s over 60 an hour. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

cls9q:  Losing weight is 80% diet and 20% exercise so your best bet is to start eating better those other 2 days a week. Exercise helps maintain and tone but weight loss comes from proper diet.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

cls9q:  I hired one for DH and I for the 6months prior to our wedding. It was $50 a session. I didn’t want to just tone up, though… I also wanted more stamina and to lift heavier. He is a world champion martial artist, so I wanted him to train us like athletes… He did just that, and it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. However, it was the best investment I could have ever made.

Now, I’d say we are at about a pretty athletic level when it comes to strength and stamina, so we have both an at-home gym and gym memberships to maintain (and keep progressing). Crossfit is also a great option, and not as expensive as most trainers (although it’s still not cheap)! 

In theory, we could have done it on our own for MUCH cheaper. However, I knew I didn’t have the self-discipline to push myself further than I ever thought possible. Once that “push” became integrated in my day-to-day, it soon became a lifestyle change. That wouldn’t have ever happened for me without a trainer. So, yes, worth every penny if you think you will be dedicated.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

cls9q:  My advice still stands. I had 10 pounds to lose after having my daughter and obviously had to tone up after pregnancy. I ate well all 7 days per week not just during the week and did T25 and a lot of running. It wasn’t difficult to drop the weight. Eating well will fuel muscle building and toning.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I second the advice to try crossfit. I’ve been going for about a month now (3x per week) and in conjunction with eatting low carb I’ve noticed a definite positive change. The scale has only gone down a little (2-3lbs.), but I have lost an inch and a half around my waist and my arms look much more toned. I’m definitely offsetting some of the fat loss with muscle building. Like you, my goal is only to lose about 10 lbs. and get in better shape/more toned. I think crossfit is great in terms of motivation. It’s not like a personal trainer, but the classes are pretty small and the trainers can focus a good bit on each individual. You can scale the exercise to any level.

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