Training a trainer - your thoughts on something I'm dealing with

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Registered: 09-23-2006
Training a trainer - your thoughts on something I'm dealing with
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Mon, 04-15-2013 - 5:40am

So... theres a great trainer at our gym and he is a nice guy, we've been work friends for about a year, we have the same style and I've been slacking off lately, so I hired him to do legs with me once a week - just to keep things interesting give me a challenge, etc. 

I told him what I was looking for - heavy weights, traditional stuff (leg press, smith machine squats, step ups, etc) and that I get a ton of the other stuff but I've been missing this component and just need someone to sort of make me do it :D  At the same time, I told him I was definitely open to his thoughts and ideas and would be compliant with his plan as long as it left me with juice for classes. 

Obviously since I'm posting this, I didnt get what I wanted - at ALL.  So, where do I go from here?  I dont want to take control, but I know that what we did is not what I need.  If it were some person I didnt know, I would not go back at the rate I'm paying him.  I'm kind of stuck... thoughts?

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Registered: 03-15-2004

Before I can answer this...  What did he give you (specifically) and what did you ask for (specifically)?  

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Registered: 04-05-2002

Tell him.  Both during and after the session, tell him everything you liked, didn't like, what you want more of.  It's really hard to figure out what someone wants but this also depends on his ego. Some people don't like comments. I love it because it helps me help them and it would make me feel bad that someone didn't get what he/she wanted.






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Registered: 09-23-2006

I told him that I would like to lift heavy and that I would like to do something like what I've seen him do for his own workout - I said "treat me like one of the guys" He does squats & lunges (several positions on the smith machine), Step ups on a bench or hi plyo box with a weight plate, leg press, dead lifts, seated extensions & curls

He had me do plie squats holding 12 lb dumbells, squats with sandbags, lunges with gliding discs and even some uppper body, which I didnt want because I do upper on Monday nights. 

All that other stuff I get in my classes, but I didnt want to sound all snotty or like I know everything, because I dont and I like having another person give me different things.  The workout was good, I mean obviously if you give someone all that, its going to be a workout - I wasnt really challenged or sore- but I'm looking for is the part of the puzzle I'm missing. 

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Registered: 09-23-2006

Me too, I like lots of feedback - I like when I can really make something specific for someone, I get a little obsessive about it, but thats what works.  Its also why I'm up at 4am writing programs for people Tongue Out

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Registered: 03-15-2004

Okay, you told him and I think it was probably pretty clear in the first few minutes of the workout that he didn't get it.  

Best case scenario is to tell him during the session.  "I can lift more weight."  "I'd rather not do arms because I teach tonight."  "Take me through some of what you do for a lower body workout."  

These things are totally appropriate to say.  Good trainers are receptive to feedback because we want YOU to get exactly what you want.  If he isn't receptive to feedback, he's more interested in feeding his ego than giving you what you want.  

Because you're past that point, you'll want to say "Hey, that was a great workout last time but wasn't really what I'm looking for."  Elaborate on specifics.  The key here is to be really specific.  I've learned that two people can be worlds apart on something that seems extremely obvious.  

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Registered: 09-23-2006

Thank you :)  That was good advice!  I did the whole "take me through some of your workout" and it was perfect.  I think he was just hesitating because he wasnt sure what I really meant by heavy. 

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