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Discussion in 'Et Cetera, Et Cetera' started by D_Diesel Oyl, Feb 2, 2009.
Anyone use a personal trainer?
Against my will I began attending Pilates classes three days a week at Megatlon's Pilates Center in Buenos Aires. My old college girlfriend suggested it when I wrote in an e-mail that a recent body scan had shown the pain in my lower back to be a combination of my tailbone having been broken too many times to count from skiing 90 degree moguls as a youth and my posture changing causing spinal stenosis -- something you NEVER want to develop, but most of us do.
The Pilates trainers work with a regular trainer at the "normal" gym who keeps an eye on me. All of these Pilates and personal trainer folks are under 30. And they are all quite stunning. But they seem to know what they are doing. They are reteaching me how to sit, stand, stretch, relax, walk and continue with strength training that actually does some good rather than just make me feel butch and buff without destroying my joints.
The best was the government requirement that I have a heart checkup (it's an annual event with Argentine gyms, whether you need one or not). The cardiologist who did the ecografia was going commando under his dress pants and by the time he had finished pressing himself against me he had a righteous hard on. We spent some extra time in his office with the door locked helping one another relieve each other's stress.
As for expensive? Hell yes! About U$S300 a month! Plus my regular gym membership which is about U$S44.70 a month. But I love it when one of my Pilates overlords positions my legs by spreading them apart. He uses it as an excuse to feel me up when I'm wearing my sweats and grins at me. The female instructors tend to be a bit cranky and bark instructions at everyone -- men and women.
When I explained about my mutual relief session with The Squeeze, his response was the usual "Claro. Es Buenos Aires." That statement seems to cover everything that happens in this city.
Mmm, Stefan, my hunky Slovak handsome clear-eyed trainer. In his early thirties (young to me, lol). I can only affort to engage him about every six months, when I need to change my routine.
He keeps an eye on me the rest of the time, correcting my mistakes or praising me on my progress. He's a sweetie. I'd seen him giving free advice to other guys when they were making errors, that's why I chose him over the other trainers who are only in it for the money.
Like the Italian fashion-victim (lycra in a gym, ok, but designer sunglasses in the weights room?) who tempted me with a free session and then quoted a higher rate on a weekly basis without teaching me anything new. I'm not so lazy or rich I can't perform without regular paid encourgagement!
I've only had 2 good trainers out of about 6 that I have used in my lifetime. Some trainers were lazy, rude, money hungry, or just completely crazy (I have experienced all of those types). My last trainer was so awful (he was all of those things that I just mentioned) that I ended up quitting the gym because of him. He made it very uncomfortable for me to continue working out there. Trainers turn over pretty quick because they don't earn that much when they are employed by a gym - they only get about 40-50% of what you pay the gym for a personal training session. If you find a good one, I would recommend that you ask the trainer if they will workout with you outside of the club at another facitlity because they do tend to move on quickly for better pay (I can't blame them at all). I did that with one of my good trainers when he quit my gym. If I need a PT session with him, he will workout with me independently at my current gym. Be aware that some gyms don't allow outside trainers because they want you to use their trainers. Just pretend that they are one of your workout buddies. Keep the fact that he is your trainer on the QT, or you may find yourselves being evicted. At the current place where I workout, no one would notice or even care if I brought my trainer in because it is at a university gym. Just don't have the guy come in with "Personal Trainer" emblazoned across his shirt.
The 2 good trainers that I had were passionate about their work and motivated me to succeed. I don't use a trainer anymore, but with what I learned from those 2 trainers, I'm confident that I can have the same success on my own. Just remember that you control the purse strings. If you're not happy with a trainer, you have every right to find another one. I would also recommend against purchasing too many sessions in advance. Many gyms will try to talk you in to buying 20-30 sessions in advance, and will even throw a discount at you to get you to do it. I did that once and I later regretted it. When I got stuck with that awful trainer, I had to use up the sessions before I could quit the gym, or I would lose all of the money that I paid for the remaining sessions. When I tried to switch to a different trainer, he went completely ape shit on me. I can tell you from personal experience that it's very uncomfortable having to workout with someone that you don't particularily like just because you have sessions to use up. Another thing to be aware of is that gyms can expire your sessions if you don't use them up after one year (it's usually well hidden in the contract fine print). They try to talk you into buying more PT sessions knowing full well that most people give up on working out after a couple of months. The unused sessions that expire after one year are pure profit for the gym as you don't have the right to a refund. Again, check the fine print in the contract - it will probably state that the PT sessions are non-refundable.
The trainer that went apeshit on you should be fired! I encourage my client to try out new trainer all the time. If I am sick, which is never, or have to be away, I have no problem suggesting another trainer. Just as you variate your training, changing up trainer to get an ecletic perspective on training is good. In Tai Chi I change out instructor many times.
If your trainer is not what you want you should be able to use your package deal to switch to another trainer. Better yet I would suggest getting a consultation from several trainer before deciding on one that you are comfortable with.
If you hire a trainer outside the gym, then make sure that trainer is insured for liability, because if the gym does not allow for another trainer to come in to their facility, then you may not be cover for any mishap in the gym.
I use a trainer 3 times a week(and go to the gym myself 3 other days.)
I think he's reasonable at 45 dollars an hour
He's helped me get and keep in shape during re-hab from 3 major shoulder surgeries. I couldn't have done it without him.
Stud? He was a hot porn star in his 20's and is still hot in his forties.....
If I'm traveling I like to plan ahead and get a cool trainer - LA, NYC, Lauderdale. Usually get some great workouts, and great incentive to lift with a fucking jacked stud!
Good advice. When I bought the package of 30 sessions, I was happy with my trainer. The only problem though is that they turn over so fast. Throughout those 30 sessions, I had 4 different trainers! I agree that my last (and craziest) trainer should have been fired, but I didn't want to be the guy that caused that. I think he went ape shit on me because he was short on clients (big surprise, huh?) and didn't want to lose another one or he would be out money. He made this big production about how I would have to "make my case" to the manager of PT, and then he would have the right to "refute" my arguments for a new trainer and "present his case". I was like, holy crap, is this guy kidding me? I was starting to wonder if I would need a lawyer to change trainers! :wink: He was psycho intense. He would put together sessions for me that were murder, and when I told him they were hurting me, he would roll his eyes and sigh. He would often show up 15 minutes late and finish 15 minutes early for a 1 hour session. He did this to me twice! When I called him on it, he essentially called me a liar by telling me that I was "making things up" and "trying to damage" his reputation. This guy was a complete freak show. He had me so stressed out that I couldn't sleep one night after he called me at home and we got into a huge argument on the phone. I go to the gym to relieve stress, not to add to it. It was so bad that I actually sold off my remaining 10 sessions out of the 30 that I bought to another member that I knew to get away from this trainer (my old gym allowed members to transfer unused sessions). The guy that I sold them to used a different trainer from the lunatic that I had. This is why I would never buy so many sessions in advance ever again. You may get a good trainer in the beginning, but you don't know who you will end up with if your trainer suddenly quits. I didn't select my last trainer, I was placed with him. When I tried to get away from him after a few sessions, I couldn't believe all of the stress it caused. I doubt very highly that this guy will last long training at my old gym which is full of middle class, average people looking to get in shape. He used to train prize fighters in the past, but his training methods will only drive away the kind of clients like me that use that gym to get fit and healthy, not to go 10 rounds.
AG08, yeah, but the question is, was he hot?
just in my wild, pervy imagination
I'm sure you have worked out with some real studs NICK -
Like that ripped bodybuilder you liked to use electro on?
No trainer, I do have friends that have reached their fitness goals so if there is anything I need help with I go to them.
oh, yeah -- almost forgot:scratchchin:
No he wasn't, but then again I'm straight, so I don't really pay attention to those things. Maybe others would think so, but I don't.
I had a trainer for 9 months. Twice a week at 45.00/session. He was worth every dime. I am the ultimate ectomorph and hadn't gained any weight since high school. He went thru my food diary and got me from @2000 calories a day to @4000. I managed to gain almost 15 lbs even if it didn't show that much. He made sure I was doing the exercises w/correct form etc. So yes it was worth every penny.
HellsKit, was he hot? What gym?