Personal trainer- anyone tried it?

I've been working at getting my eating habits under control, but I'm still really struggling with the exercise side of slimming down.

I've still got 6 stone to lose, and low cal soups on their own aren't going to cut it.

So, for someone as gym phobic as me (I face planted a treadmill last time I went into one) do you think a personal trainer might be the answer? I know that the inspiration and motivation have got to be internal, but believe me, I am motivated! I'm just clueless! I'd really love some professional input on this entirely new world of exercise.

I feel that a trainer might be able to set me up with a healthy routine that I'll be able to follow on my own afterwards. it'd also be great to get some input on the diet I'm on.

BUT! I have so many questions about this... It'd be great if any of you have experience/ recommendations?

- is it horribly painful?
- is it embarrassing? I really don't want to be fat-shamed onto a treadmill!
- is it expensive? (I've got a whole wedding to pay for!)
- does it take over your whole life? I mean- the most convenient would obviously to just be able to do it from home
- is that an option? I mean- does anyone know about any skype session trainers? Is that even a thing?

This is a major change of lifestyle and mindset for me- I'd love it if any of you could give me some advice on this. 

Thanks so much!

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 5:51 am
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I personally haven't but when I was about 22 my Mom did and that was a HUGE step for her. I don't think that during my childhood she had ever gone to the gym. One day she decided that with her kids out of the house she was ready to tackle her gym fear. She signed up and 6 years later she is still going strong (and she looks AMAZING!)

  • Painful: I think the start to any routine will be uncomfortable with achy muscles, but that is a good pain! I always like the satisfaction of waking a little sore the next morning, knowing that I did something good for my body. This is where the trainer will help! Instead of pushing your limits too far, they will keep you where you need to be. 
  • Embarassing: If you're in a sessions and your trainer embarassed you, FIND A NEW TRAINER. There is no need to put up with that abuse! They are there to teach you and assist
  • Expense: It can be, I suggest visiting multiple gyms and getting quotes. Many of them offer the first session free. Some also offer splitting a session with a friend, which helps on cost and keeps your motivation up!
  • Time: It's about commiting, but you can totally balance! Even if you get the the gym for a half hour a few times a week, that's more than not going at all. I found a routine that I could do at the gym and at home (especially in the warmer months when I could do cardio outside)
  • Sorry, I'm no help on that last bit! But maybe you could see a trainer in the gym for a handful of sessions and let them know you would like to develope a home routine. Odd are they can build one for you and spend your weeks together practicing that!

Good luck! I really hope this works for you, let us know how it goes!!!

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 8:40 am
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 Well hello! I'll send you a pm on here. I've been a personal trainer for over four years now :) We could set up skype sessions if you want! I just moved to another state, so I literally have all the free time in the world right now because I just started applying for jobs. 

But just to answer some questions that you asked on here...

-No it shouldn't be horribly painful. Not saying you wont be sore! But every personal trainer is different, and unfortunately it's better to start off slow so you don't hurt so bad you don't even want to get up or do it again for that matter. 

-with that said, the price tag probably isn't cheap unless you find somebody who wants to help you on the side, but for some people that price tag is totally worth it. You have to weigh the pros and cons. At my old gym a session was $45/hour, or $40/hour if you bought a package of 5 or 10. And I think that's considered fairly reasonable these days.

-It 100% should not be embarassing. If you are embarassed or fat shamed, you need to find a new personal trainer.

- It shouldn't take up your whole life-however- you need to get in the mindset that every moment of your life you make choices that either aid with or deter from weight loss/gain/management, so these daily choices add up!! 

HTH!!

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 8:55 am
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I've used them! They are absolutely great for motivation, and for getting started when, like you said, it might be embarassing or overwhelming to go into a gym and not know where to start.  I feel like I've had a variety of experiences so I'll share what I learned and hope you find it somewhat useful :)

I've actually had 3:

 - The first one I used while in college because I had never really worked out before and wanted some instruction. She was AMAZING!! She worked out with me, so I didn't feel uncomfortable with someone standing over me, but always has an eye on my form and activity level and made it about me so I was learning. She was positive, friendly, offered advice on diet in addition to the exercise but didn't judge or preach. And she took time to find out what my goals were, what my prior experience with exercise was, and kept in mind what I liked and developed a workout that was manageable but challenging - I still use a lot of her moves today!

 - My first trainer moved away so I continued on with her replacement...not nearly as good. I stuck with her to finish out my sessions, and I didn't want to just compare her to how awesome my first girl was so I stuck it out - DO NOT DO THIS if you are uncomfortable!! You are paying for it, you need to enjoy it as well as reap benefits. This second girl didn't work out with me, and didn't really talk much. If I had questions she would kind of answer, but would mostly just say I needed to keep at it. I felt like I wasn't working hard enough and she was judging me for it. There was nothing worse than being on a treadmill with her standing next to me staring and not saying anything, but occasionally punching the speed up. Not only did I not enjoy the activity, I was majorly embarassed and it was hard to concentrate. A good trainer, IMO, should contantly  be explaining what you are doing, what muscles its working, why it's helping your body, and then also listening to you as far as if it's working for you or not. Yes, a workout should be challenging and you should give each one a good shot, but if you HATE running like I do, a good trainer should be offering other cardio ideas.Also, a good trainer should have a personality and be a people-person, which this girl was not and I realized that later.

-I was really put off the idea of PTs after that. I probably wouldn't have gone back but I ended up winning 10 sessions from a local  gym at a charity raffle. Now, this was just last year and I was in MUCH better shape than I used to be, and I have more confidence so the first thing I did was tell this guy what I wanted out of our sessions and what I didn't like. No 10 mile death runs for this girl lol! He was definitely knowledgeable, which is the most important thing. Make sure you find someone who knows exercise science and can teach you in a healthy and safe way. He was very shy, which made it awkward, I like someone who can carry the conversation when I'm busy sweating my butt off and not to keen on talking...but that's a me thing :p He listened to me about the running, and showed me the rowing machine (awesome btw!) and taught me some basic boxing/kickboxing stuff for cardio. I learned a lot from him but ended up not staying with it after my sessions because he and I just weren't that good of a fit, so that plus the cost wasn't worth it.

Bottom line - if you can find someone who motivates you, teaches you, and makes it as fun as my first girl did, it's completely worth a lot of money in my opinion. But this is kind of a very personal thing (no pun intended) and you really need someone you are comfortable with or you won't be happy.

Hope that helps!!

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 9:31 am
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 Omg, SammyD is right on the money. Exactly.

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 9:38 am
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Wow! Thanks so much for the responses- it's so valuable to hear from ladies with experience in this area- both as trainers, and as trainees. 

SammyD- it sounds as if you had fantastic chemistry with your first trainer- I really hope that I can manage to find somebody like that who makes it fun, and who really makes an effort to understand my needs. Sounds like you won the lottery with her. And then won the lottery again- how lucky that you won those free sessions in a raffle! That wouldn't hurt round about now- this wedding budgeting's killing me already! 

But I think I may have found an option that'll suit my wallet and schedule- a friend suggested a trainer she used, who's doing online classes. I don't want to get too excited, though- everyone seems to say that finding the right trainer fo you is so important, and I suppose it's optimistic to think I'll find it first time.

Uhlease, you're so right about the mindset change! I was whinging about 'will it take over my life', but the fact is that it should do! I should be in control of all the choices I'm making, every moment!

I'm feeling really positive and motivated about all this- will check in with all of you to let you know how it goes! Thanks for the encouragement and advice.

 

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 2:13 pm
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Awesome!! You'll find the right fit for you, once you're into it it won't seem nearly so hard or overwhelming. And remember to HAVE FUN with it!!

Good luck, and keep us updated!

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 11:16 am
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I've had a personal trainer before and the costs just outweighed (negatively) any results I was getting. I have alwasys been into fitness/exercising, so I figured having a trainer would be awesome! Unfortunately it didn't do anything for me. I'd much rather take my group ex classes, run, and do what I can in the gym by myself or at home.

Since you arent a fan of the gym, I'd say your best bet would be working out at home! Purchase minimal equpment like dumbells, yoga mat, etc. and then get a 'personal trainer' through youtube! I've done some beachbody dvd's in the past, so I have their medicine ball which is really good for at home workouts- http://www.beachbody.com/product/fitness_gear/medicine-balls.do  There are a ton of amazing youtube fitness channels that give you a great workout but are free- score! Tone It Up (it's now a tv show but started off as a fitness video blog) also has a ton of great workouts just for women- http://toneitup.com/category/fitness/total-body-toning/ There's also a lot of pilates channels on youtube that are great for toning. If you don't mind just looking at a 'how-to' workout without video to go along with it, Self, Shape, Women's Fitness, and more of those types of magazines always have specific workouts in them that I really like doing. 

Keep us in the loop with everything! Would love to see how things are workin out for ya :)

 

Posted on March 17, 2014 at 3:00 pm
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I've been so nervous about kicking off a relationship with a PT- I've heard so much positivity, but also, a few horror stories. But I think, after all my searching, I've found the one! I was really worried about trying out a trainer without a referral, but a friend's sister was just raving about her trainer. She said this girl was amazing- so friendly and funny and motivating, so I was really interested.

The trainer's in London, so not ideal (I'm a bit outside of London) but she says that she actually does about half of her work via skype, anyway, so location doesn't matter. This was exactly what I was looking for! A way to get comfortable with exercise in my own home, before heading out into the exciting world of dance and pilates and yoga classes that all of you fit, healthy sprigs are going to!

I'm going to go for one online session to try it out. The gym sounds great- they've actually got a chef there, and they deliver two healthy meals to your house every day. The menu sounds divine- jerk chicken salad with mango and avo salsa?!!! Yes please! For only five pounds each- I couldn't believe it. Anyway, I'll be trying her out- she said the first session will be to chat about my lifestyle, diet and aims. Feeling excited! I'll report back on progress! If any of you ladies are interested in drooling over their chef's amazing healthy menu for ideas, here's the link: http://bamn-fit.com/...system_menu.pdf

Wish me luck- I'll keep you all updated!

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 5:46 am
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 I feel so energetic and inspired after tonight’s session! Empowered and full of all those endorphins everyone’s been going on about! I’m busy writing up a proper post now, but I just wanted to share that thought with all of you quickly! This is the best thing I’ve ever done for myself.

 

Posted on March 27, 2014 at 1:42 pm
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 Awesome Emma-Keep it up!!!

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 10:57 am

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