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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 01:52 PM

Changing trainers.

The trainer I have worked with since I joined last fall is moving on to greener job pastures in another state. I've worked with him exactly nine months. He has been great, putting up with my crap, being very understanding about medical issues which have placed some limitations on what I can do. So, I'm really going to miss him.

Last night, I met the new guy, who was actually a student/trainer at the same college as the current guy, and they worked together in the football program. Seems to really know his stuff, so, I think I will be in good hands. As I mentioned in other threads, I have felt "stuck" in some ways, so maybe some fresh ideas may help with that.

I gave my first guy a couple hundred in gift cards and a couple of small running items as a thank you, he was really touched by that. Made feel good to let him know how much he has done for me.

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Denninmi Jun 2013 OP
Inkfreak Jun 2013 #1
bike man Jul 2013 #2
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bike man Jul 2013 #4

Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:56 PM

1. Good trainers are gold.

I was very fortunate to have a casual acquaintance who mentioned he'd like to get back to the gym. I had just gottena membership with the ability to bring a guest. Well I turned out he had gone to school for fitness training. So I had this tremendous amount of knowledge to tap. He motivated me like no one ever had. We developed a close friendship and he now even lives right down the road from me. I'm so grateful for him teaching me, I can't even express it. He's a good dude. Good luck with your new trainer. And I think fresh ideas are always a good thing. As long as you can adapt to it.

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Sun Jul 14, 2013, 01:03 AM

2. Change can be a good thing. For example, I've worked mainly by myself for ages. I did


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get a PT to help me with a couple of things, for a total of three sessions.

Then, Friday a guy in his 40s asked me to be his workout partner for at least the next six weeks in his own "I want to be a beast" program.

He already has his nutrition plan from the same PT (mentioned above), will be working with him 2 days a week, and wants me to work with him as partner the other 3 days.

It may be that he simply wants an old guy to look better than, or he is sincere. I vote sincerity.

Anyhow - the change (a real PT for him, a workout partner for me) might work for us both.

Good luck with your own change.

edited to add: There is no real plan called "I want to be a beast", the guy wants to see how much bigger/stronger he can get with 6 wks of concentrated effort.

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Response to bike man (Reply #2)

Sun Jul 14, 2013, 05:03 PM

3. When they invent it, let me know.

I wouldn't mind being a beast myself.

The new trainer is great all around, knowledge, personality, dedication, client rapport. So, it worked out well in the end.

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Response to Denninmi (Reply #3)

Mon Jul 15, 2013, 12:59 AM

4. I would imagine, (imagine because I've only known a very small number of


personal trainers) that those qualities you listed are vital for a PT to be effective.

I think if one is consistent with the training suggested, and makes an honest effort toward improving, the 'effective' PT is more inclined to remain 'effective'. Having said that, stay with it. We may never make it to world class body builder, but we'll be healthier for the effort.


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