Personal trainers...is this considered rude?
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Posted: 1/31/2013 9:43:47 AM
I had a personal trainer for a year. I met with him twice a week for 45-minute sessions. I eventually canceled because I wasn't able to reliably be available at the time we had set for our sessions (I went on my lunch hour, but sometimes I had meetings, events, etc.).

I need direction when doing strength training. In order avoid the inconsistency and cancellations, would it be rude for me to hire a personal trainer for a couple of weeks to establish a direction/routine and then cancel the sessions? I'd be upfront about what I'm doing. I'm motivated to work out; I just need information on what exactly to do! I wouldn't rule out maybe scheduling another couple of weeks of sessions say in six months to make sure I'm still progressing and then tweaking the routine if needed.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 9:50:37 AM
Many people do that. They will use a trainer for 6-8 sessions, then go on their own for a while then go back to the trainer for a few more sessions, etc. Many people want direction and then go back for further direction as they need to.





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Posted: 1/31/2013 9:53:05 AM
Not really sure why all the subterfuge is needed. Just tell the trainer what you want up front and don't play games.


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Posted: 1/31/2013 9:54:17 AM

Not really sure why all the subterfuge is needed. Just tell the trainer what you want up front and don't play games.


I said in my OP that I would be upfront with what I was doing. I just wanted to make sure this wasn't rude.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 9:55:05 AM
Just hire the personal trainer for a set number of sessions so the expectation is set right from the start that this is not an on-going training program.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 9:56:17 AM
There are online trainers too. One is online personal training

They design a program for you for a specific amount of weeks. Then they are available online and by email.

We dont have personal trainers in our town and I have odd hours I can go to the gym, so this worked for me.

I am doing the green power 16 week program because I am a vegetarian



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Posted: 1/31/2013 10:05:12 AM

I said in my OP that I would be upfront with what I was doing. I just wanted to make sure this wasn't rude.


Oh, because I thought you were saying you were going to hire a trainer, not specify that you wanted only two sessions, and then cancel after those two sessions. That would be rude. I'm glad that's not what you were saying.


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Posted: 1/31/2013 10:09:10 AM

Not really sure why all the subterfuge is needed. Just tell the trainer what you want up front and don't play games.




Subterfuge? Really? I think when she said she'd be upfront about it, she made it clear she wasn't trying to be deceitful. *ETA* -- Just saw your update.

Pretzels, my personal trainer actually offers exactly the kind of thing you're looking for.

Like you, because of varying schedules, I was finding myself canceling more than I was comfortable with. I also was pretty good about pushing myself, but every once in a while I found I needed direction on form and suggestions for new workouts. So, I talked to him about it and he came up wit this plan:

Every six weeks, he comes up with a new one week workout and we meet two times. The first time is on the first day of the workout... so we can work quickly through the entire workout, making sure I've got correct form and weights...and the second time, after I've had a chance to go through the whole week's worth...to make sure I don't have any questions about what to do. In between, I work on my own...but he's always very encouraging about emailing or texting him questions as they come up.

I pay him a flat charge every six weeks and at the end of the six weeks, I get a new workout and we talk about increasing weights and what I need to work on, etc. etc. It works much better for me than trying to commit to one time each day.

Good luck!


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Posted: 1/31/2013 10:16:34 AM
That's a great set-up, Kristen, and would be ideal for me. When I go to the gym at lunchtime today, I'm going to pick up the information packet and see what I can work out.

Thanks, y'all! I really got a lot out of my sessions before, and I hated having to cancel them.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 11:18:20 AM
I meet with a trainer once every 2-3 months. He writes out a routine for me to do. I follow it during that time period, then meet again and get a new routine.

He does this with quite a few people. It works for me!


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Posted: 1/31/2013 4:35:45 PM
I don't think it's rude if you're upfront about it.

You could also look at smaller gyms similar to the one I recently joined. It's expensive but not as expensive as one on one training. I pay $150 per month for 15 sessions a month which works out to every other day. Look for strip malls with personal trainer gyms. Here they are called body empowerment.

When you come in the gym you do 5 minutes of warm up on a treadmill or elliptical in the "lobby" then go into the main gym where there are always at least two trainers. They tell you what the routine of the day is, give you sets and reps, watch you the first time through then move on to someone else. When you're done, one of them comes back and gives you the next group of exercises. It's custom for your abilities and so much fun.

Today we did dripping diamonds: 10 strength 20 cardio, 20 abs, 30 strength, 30 cardio, 30 abs, 20 strength, 20 cardio, 10 abs. I'm not that fit yet but I was able to manage 5 sets in an hour. I'll pay for it tomorrow though, in a good way

At the end you do 5 minutes cool down out in the lobby and stretches and you're done


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Posted: 1/31/2013 4:42:30 PM
Since you said you would tell the trainer exactly what your plan is, I don't think it's rude at all. If they agree to your terms, then you can take it to mean that they're fine with them and don't find your terms to be rude.



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Posted: 1/31/2013 6:28:49 PM
As long ad you're honest about your intentions I don't think you'd be being rude


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