Post # 1
I’m having a really hard time making it to the (free) classes at the gym; my work schedule just keeps jumping around like crazy! I really want to hit 2 pilates classes a week for core strengthening and loosing the gut, and 2 weights classes a week for overall toning, but it just isn’t happening.
I was thinking today that maybe I sould go the trainer route like a trainer 2-3 times per week and cardio on my own other than that. I believe my gym offers group training, where you train with up to 6 other women at the same time, for a discounted price.
Has anyone had a personal trainer or a group trainer? Was it worth it?
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!
Yep! I have a trainer, and I work with him 5 days a week, one-on-one. I love it. He’s awesome. He’s older– not a younger meathead, but was something bananas in the army and has a white flat top. (lol)
I highly recommend trying a trainer, well, at least based on my experience.
I have some pretty ridiculous back injuries from 13 years of basketball, and when I started in March, I couldn’t touch my knees. Know, I can easily put my knuckles on the ground. I do pullups, push ups, run a ridiculous amount (which I was told I’d never be able to do again). It was just a miracle for me.
Edit: I also don’t have to have back surgery any more. Suck on that, life!
Post # 4
I’ve been working out with a trainer twice a week for about three months now. For me a trainer is great because I lack the motivation to push myself hard. I have noticed significant changes so based on my experience, I’d definitely advice getting a trainer.
My advice would be to do some research before selecting a trainer. At my gym, they seem to charge the same despite the fact that some trainers are much more experienced than others.
Post # 5
both hubby and i have trainers – 2 different trainers because we are have very different attitudes to training
i hate, hate hate hate working out but i have to so i have a trainer that doesnt push me too hard but does things with me to encourage me to work out harder and do more.
hubbys trainer is hard core, he will push you till you break you and then get you to do it 4 more times and hubby loves this type of training. i use to go to hubbys trainer until one day i was in tears because i hated it so much and never went back to him (i suppose it doesnt help that i once brought chocoate cake to a traning session)
so when looking around its good to find the right one for you – they dont have to be your best friend but they do have to be savvy enough to know what goal you want to achieve and work with you to make it happen
goodluck and yes, give it a try is my vote
edit: oh, and my hubbys trainer is indoors while mine is outdoors – we both have 6am sessions. i prefer the fresh air but noone watching while hubby has a weightlifting background and prefers a gym atmosphere plus he does runs/bike rides for his cardio as well
Post # 6
I want to get one! It just a little expensive for me!! I wanted to do a group session because it would be cheaper!! But I guess I will have to do it by myself!!!
Post # 7
Trainers are great, but at $500 a month at my gym, I can’t justify it with my mortgage trying to swallow me alive =]. BUT, they do offer lots of freebie advice AND do free sessions once a month. I try to use them mostly for taping and body fat measurements.
I realy love those free classes. pilates and weight training are good, but cardio is what will peel the fat off your gut basically! and a trainer will push you harder than a machine any day of the week. If you can do group and/or split with a friend, definitely do that. I’d totally shell out $300 a month but when it’s over $500 for only TWO measly sessions a week it wasn’t worth it.
have you tried pikates videos? i like to do those at home =]
Post # 8
Even if you hire a trainer for, let’s say one month. This way they will show you what you need to be doing and perhaps you can take it from there. This being if you don’t want to shell out a ton of money.
Another way to look at it is, a trainer will mentally MAKE you go to the gym because it’s your money and you don’t want to just throw it out the window.
I would try it and see how you like it.
Post # 9
Hmm… good advice from everyone! I’m definatley short on cash! Hello: building a house + planning a wedding! But, just even a monthlong group trainin session could help me break out of my routine.
Post # 10
I joined the bootcamp here and love it. It isn’t as expensive as a one-on-one trainer but you still get special attention because it is only a handfull of people in a class at a time. I paid $200 for 12 weeks. I’ve been doing this now for a year and I’m getting really toned. I’m not gaining weight like I was before. My weight is holding steady. I’m losing inches instead.
Go into a smoothie place and sometimes they will have flyers about bootcamps or trainers in your area.
My Fiance and I both have a gym membership but I honestly prefer to go to the bootcamp class because it makes me more committeed because she’s there for me. VS. the classes at the gym.
Post # 11
I love working with my trainer. We meet once a week and we text each other to be accountable. I wouldn’t have it any other way. We are good friends so she’s even coming to my wedding.
Post # 12
I have a personal trainer that I’ve been going to for almost three years (geez – I can’t believe it’s been that long). He really helps to motivate me and holds me accountable when I’ve been a very bad girl. He’s through 24 hour fitness. I know he also does sessions with ladies who want to do it with their friends.
Post # 13
I want one-but it’s expensive. 🙁
Even through the school it’s $35 for 4 sessions-it’s expensive for me-I really have no $$. I’d love to have something motivating me (haha more than the dress & wedding) to make sure i actually get it done before alteration time
Post # 14
I’ve been working out with my trainer for about five months now, and while it is expensive, I think it’s worth every penny.
She makes sure I’m doing everything correctly and works a different part of my body every time, which uses muscles I didn’t even know I had and never would have thought of to work on my own.
And she keeps me accountable, I find with classes at the gym and such if you don’t show up no one will care, but you can’t miss a session with a trainer or they will be all over you, and you still end up paying for it which is a lot of money to waste!
Post # 15
I had a trainer for about a year before the wedding, not just for that but to get back into shape. I really enjoyed having the one on one time and the variety of having a trainer. It also really helps to have someone waiting there for you so you have to go to the gym even if you don’t want to!