2 years ago
AlloBaber
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Personal Trainer: Pros and Cons
Ever thought about using a personal trainer? Consider these pros and cons. Is it something you'd consider to help achieve your personal fitness goals?

PROS:

+ Discipline. Helps you stick to your workout schedule.
+ Know-how. You'll get a quality workout every single training session. + Workout planning. They can help you develop a plan for the rest of your week. + Long-term planning. They'll tell you what you need to do in order to meet your fitness goals. + Experience and knowledge. They'll help you find the specific exercises that are right for you, whether you want to build muscle or lose weight. + Fun. Having a buddy makes working out more fun! Many personal trainers are kind, awesome people who enjoy chatting with their clients. My parents' personal trainer is one of their best friends! + Faster results. Having a personal trainer makes you more likely to stick with your workouts longterm. They'll also make sure your workouts are effective, not just a waste of time. So you'll end up seeing greater results, and faster, than you could have if you were training alone. + Education. You'll learn how to work out, so when you decide to stop using your trainer, you'll be equipped with the know-how to work yourself out better. + Take a break. If you're a parent, or just really busy with a hectic lifestyle, your personal trainer appointment can be a great break from the kids and from the stresses of every day life. For an hour, you get to relax and just concentrate on YOU!

CONS:

– Cost. Personal trainers may charge on average $60-125 for an hourly session (estimate based on information here and here). You can often save money by booking many sessions at once.
– Time. You'll need to set aside an hour, plus travel time, each week for your sessions – or more if you're doing multiple sessions per week.
– Babysitter. If you have young children, you might have to arrange childcare, which can be an extra cost and inconvenience. Some gyms do provide free childcare – check with yours!
– Evaluating their knowledge. Sometimes it can be hard to tell how knowledgeable and skilled a personal trainer actually is. Some people believe "you get what you pay for." Choose a trainer from a reputable gym, who has an above average knowledge of the human body and how it works. Ask for a list of references and past clients. Have a trial session or two before making a longterm financial commitment. You may need to try a few before you find the best trainer for you!

In my opinion, the pros outweigh the cons! Do you agree?

I think personal trainer is a great investment. The cost might seem a little steep, but if you have the disposable income, you can justify the expense by thinking how priceless your health truly is. Living longer, feeling happier and more energetic, achieving your health goals... to me, it's worth forking over a little cash in order to quick start your fitness journey.
What do you think? Would you hire a personal trainer?
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I just don't trust them to do my meal planning. But they are great for motivation, and showing you how to properly use equipment.
2 years ago·Reply
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@AlloBaber took the words right out of me. Stop it! If you work out alone and is beginning, get a personal trainer. Make sure you get the form down and not get injured. If you have a buddy who has been doing that for a wbile, they can help you instead of paying for PT
2 years ago·Reply
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So true @Alywhoa. Trainers are typically not at all knowledgeable in nutrition, which is why they are barred from giving meal plans or advice like that. Also, true are the other comments about GETTING a trainer so that you KNOW what you're doing in the beginning. I spent the $$ on a trainer for 3 months. I met with him 3x week. I also paid for a nutritionist to guide me. YES, it was pricy, but I dropped over 15 pounds of fat and was able to get my body primed for muscle building. Another thing: track everything. Track your meals, your training--all of it. Down to the weight of your carbs, proteins, fats, and the reps and sets. Take before and after photos. AND ONE FINAL THING: IGNORE THE SCALE FOR 2-3 MONTHS!!! TRUST ME ON THIS ONE!!!!!!
2 years ago·Reply
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Ah, it's so hard to ignore the scale. I had a trainer once give me a meal plan and threw it right in the garbage. For the activity levels I was doing, I needed to eat far more than what he recommended. Yeah...I feel like trainers are usually worth it. Even when I had a couple of years of powerlifting training under my belt, I tried a trainer once and I learned so much more (especially how to use different equipment like cable machines...) @marshalledgar
2 years ago·Reply
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One of my friends is a personal trainer and all of this is stuff she's told me! She doesn't give nutritional advice because she's not a doctor and she while she's her own nutritional expert, she knows that every body is different and she can't offer the kind of personally tailored advice that a doctor would. One extra tip: She's worked for a gym before and while she got paid per session, the gym covered half the cost for members because the personal trainers there were one of the selling points of the gym. It's worth it to check and see if your gym offers something like that!
2 years ago·Reply