Is a Personal Trainer Really Beneficial?

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@reneous (717)
United States
November 26, 2006 9:11pm CST
I've struggled with my weight my entire life but have always done everything myself when it came to losing weight... Everyone knows that's a huge burden to bear alone. I was thinking about getting a personal trainer to help push me along and teach me proper weight management, but I want to know for sure that it would be worth my money. I also have no idea how much one might cost... anyone have any advice?
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@rainbow (6763)
27 Nov 06
I have 2 - one for each foot. If you pay a fortune for someone to make you unhappy then you won't afford to eat healthily if at all. Try just doing a little more each day and try lots of new activities to see what you enjoy, then stick to them. Someone bullying you isn't the answer. Have you visited your GP to get blood tests etc, there may be a reason for your problems, or a reason to not suddenly start loads of exercies. Is that a picture of you? I can't imagine you need to loose wieght if it is.
@reneous (717)
• United States
27 Nov 06
It is me... I've lost 56 pounds already, but I still need to lose a little more. Trust me, I'm not anorexic - I like food waaaay too much! I just want to be healthy and have a good BMI number.
@Lindalinda (4116)
• Canada
27 Nov 06
It certaily could not hurt to have a personal trainer, especially if you are a person who needs to be motivated to stay in a program. I know I would really benefit by a personal trainer. As far as cost is concerned check around before signing any contract. Check also with the YMCA they usually offer good programs and can tell you a lot and recommend someone to you.
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@reneous (717)
• United States
27 Nov 06
Good idea... thanks!
@blueman (16516)
• India
27 Nov 06
i think they are better then having none.
@reneous (717)
• United States
27 Nov 06
Why? Because they "force" you to do stuff?
• United States
29 Nov 06
It is great to see how people like Oprah can lose weight. But, if she didn't have a personal trainer would she have been able to do it on her own. I believe the answer is no. She attempted weight loss in the past and although she lost a great deal of weight on several occasions, she was unable to keep it off. Mindset is important. If you can maintain a good frame of mind you can succeed in anything, including weight loss. I have been struggling with my weight issues for a long time. But, now I know what I have to do. If only I could get the voices to listen to reason and shut up and let me do what I have to do. LOL.
5 Dec 06
I think once you hit that frame of mind you're golden; good to go. Though it's achieving it that's hard, and if it's not there it can make weightloss that much harder.
• India
29 Mar 14
Yes. Hiring a personal trainer is really beneficial for working out the exercises rather than doing it on your own. It helps is gaining a separate attention and also helps in gaining your fitness within your expected time and in a more professional way. They are fitness professionals involved in exercise prescription and instruction. They motivate you by setting goals and providing feedback. Trainers also measure your strengths and weaknesses with fitness assessments. These sorts of fitness assessments help you in improving physical fitness. I would suggest that Crossfit480 is one of the best fitness centers in Scottsdale. They have quality trainers providing excellent training in body fitness. For more information visit their website at .
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@31rn62 (44)
• United States
20 Feb 09
As a personal trainer I'd like to think we are beneficial! While it is true that doing some extra reading can teach you some of the things we know, we've learned a lot more through experiance. Most of my personal trainer friends have a great knowledge about different kinds of excercises as well as nutrition. A personal trainer can get you started on a workout program as well as a diet. I think our greatest asset, though, is our listening skills. Come in, work out and rant about your day or your ugly boyfriend. While you are getting lost in your rant you are working out. Before you know it your work out is over, you've burned a bunch of calories and you're feeling re-charged from lettin off some steam!
• United States
17 Jul 08
A personal trainer is so much more than just "pushing" you to do things. There are very specific ways to exercise that bring different results. I would never recommend going to the gym and watching and doing what other people do. I have been a trainer since 1992, and the reason I became one is because I got one. I was one of those people who joined gyms, went once or twice, got on a few machines, did not know what to do, left and told myself I would go back tomorrow, but never did. In case you didn't know, this is how health clubs make most of their money-people sign up, keep paying, and don't go. When I went one more time to join a gym, this guy put me on a crunch board and I couldn't do one! Not one!! I was embarrassed, to say the least. I left and thought I would never go back. I did go back the next day and put a sign on the bulletin board stating that I was looking for a trainer. A girl called me. She told me she wasn't certified, but that she was a bodybuilder and she thought she could help. We started working out together and for the first few weeks, I thought I was going to die. I was so sore. But after about 4 months, my body changed so much that everyone was asking me how I did it. I had only lost a few pounds, but I went from a size 15 to a 9. From 37% bodyfat to 23%. I seemed to have overcome my genetics. She was such a good trainer that I talked her into getting certified, and at the last minute I went with her. I have been doing personal training ever since. Back to the value of a personal trainer... If you just sit on a few machines and follow what other people do, chances are that you will not get the results you want. An experienced trainer can give you specific exercise routines that can get you to your goals. Just doing it on your own, without the education about biomechanics, periodization, the FITT principle, etc... you are not likely to get the best possible results. Getting a trainer was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
@maryannemax (12174)
• Sweden
11 Dec 06
it is better for you to go the gym. they will give you proper ways and schedule on how to lose weight properly and effectively without harming your health status. at the gym, they will give you or assign a personal instructor for you. he/she will help you out in any way. you can also ask him/her querries on how you can improve more.
• United States
11 Dec 06
I think that a personal trainer is good to have.They will show you the correct way to do the exercises and might even show you some new exercises that you have not thought of yet.They will also help you with accountability.Some trainers wil let you workout with a friend for a cheaper price.Make sure that before you hire a personal trainer, you sit down with them and they go over your health history and your goals.Some will also give some nutritional advice.A personal trainer is definitely worth the price.They will usually charge between $40-$80 an hour depending upon how many sessions that you get.
@ghazal2k5 (983)
• India
11 Dec 06
ya a personal trainer is always a beneficial i told you because i also have a personal trainer.
@acosjo (1904)
• Canada
11 Dec 06
I was in the fitness industry for about 7 years. 1) Yes, it is good to have a personal trainer. Especially if you're not very sure about exercise and what you should be doing. 2) However, if you get a bad or should I say, a trainer that does not know what he is doing, then not having one is just as good. Go to a fitness club and ask about their trainers. Find out more about them, education, experience, how many clients they have. Ultimately you're not going to know until you have one. Once you pick one, make sure you ask your trainer questions about what you are doing, don't just take their word for it. Ask them, why have you chosen this exercise, I want my program to be set up in a way so I can see results does this accomplish that, why am I doing these exercises in this order, etc? Don't settle for hmmm's and haaa's. The key is you want to see results, and if you're not. Time to get another one. When I taught people to do exersices etc, I always gave a reson as to why it was that way, some don't. Oh well. I know I have lots to learn though.
@shinobi (391)
• Philippines
5 Dec 06
I guess you don't need a personal trainor to loose wait, will power is enough to push you to loose weight. On personal trainors, they're helpful in a way that they encourage you and help you do proper training, and they also help you you boost your morale. But to loose weight, think of it as your gift to your self. And the results will be excellent.
5 Dec 06
Having a personal trainer adds abit more pressure (the good kind I believe) like going to a group might, though far more beneficial as to the fact the trainer won’t let you skip without a good reason, they’ll find ways to motivate you and teach the best methods for -you- rather than what ‘generally’ helps. I think at that stage where you know you need to but you’re mind is really not on it they’d be fantastic and also a lot better than joining a gym.
@maddog108 (3442)
• Australia
29 Nov 06
i dont think so i push myself