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Subject: Personal Trainers - What do they do exactly?
Date Posted: 3/12/2009 1:30 PM ET
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I have heard a lot about personal trainers lately, but don't really have a good idea of what it is that they do for their clients.  Does anyone here know?  Also, how do you know if a trainer is a good one, particularly if you yourself have almost no physical fitness experience?

Date Posted: 3/12/2009 8:49 PM ET
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Back in the day, I had a little more discretionary income & I used a Personal Trainer from LA Fitness (the gym I belonged to).

If I won the lotto, hiring a personal trainer would be one of the 1st things I did, after finding my own home.

Personal trainers provide several services.

First, they ensure that you are doing the appropriate exercise regime. When doing cardio, if your heart rate is too low, you aren't working enough & not burning fat. But, if your heart rate is too high, you're actually in an anerobic zone, and you are actually burning muscle, not fat. This is unhealthy.

Next, in a weight training plan, they make sure you don't lift too much/too little. Also, not doing the exercise properly puts you at risk for injury & not getting the maximum benefit of the workout.

Lastly, trainers provide huge motivation! In more ways than one! Often, I "wouldn't feel like" going to the gym, but if I had an appointment with my trainer, I would go since I paid for it. Also, I found myself doing to the gym on days I didn't have a PT appt. because I felt like it was doing my homework for my next appt. My trainer was able to keep me focused & encouraged, because he noticed and pointed out the small victories, like when I was able to increase the weights on a bicpet machine or run even 5 minutes extra on the eliptical.

If your budget allows for a PT, I highly recommend using one. But, you do need to find one that fits your personality.

Let me know if I can offer any other insight!


Date Posted: 3/13/2009 2:26 PM ET
Member Since: 10/19/2007
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I am not a fan of personal trainers.  I love exercising, but I hate pushing myself.  I guess that's why I never ran a marathon nor felt the need to in my runner days.  I love yoga simply for the reason that I bring my workout to the level I want.  I can work hard and sweat during a class or I can adjust the positions to suit my ability for that day.  With personal trainers, they are there saying do 3 more! - or - do 5 more!!  And sometimes I don't want to do any more!


Date Posted: 4/28/2009 10:36 AM ET
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Personal trainers provide motivation, instruction, and advice on a training program.  If you are lucky enough to find a highly qualified trainer, she or he will work with you to achieve your fitness goals.  My sister is an excellent personal trainer who works with all types of people: young, old, overweight, sedentary, etc.  She motivates them (without yelling, it's not The Biggest Loser!); supports them; teaches them the proper way to exercise so as not to injure themselves; and designs individual programs for everyone.  I am fortunate because my sister answers all my questions about form, repetitions, etc.