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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Well, the good news is that the spike in my weight has come back down again.

And I didn't perform any more science experiments involving treadmills today.

The bad news is that DH's new trainer is not going to be a suitable substitute for the girl I have decided to give up on. His new trainer is of the "low weight, high reps, done slowly" school. I don't think that I could handle that type of a workout. First of all, boring. Second of all, pain.

So no. Just no.

So how come I've decided to give up on the girl? The thing is, going to the gym and spending a half-hour with a personal trainer should be a comfortable experience, if not enjoyable. My old trainer was able to make the time enjoyable with lighthearted banter and careful attention to my strengths and limitations. You can't have banter with everyone, I get that. But you should at least be comfortable, I think -- and I was NOT comfortable with that girl.

There were two parts to not being comfortable. One was her seeming lack of experience, both in the gym and life in general. The other was that I don't think we had much common ground on which to forge a connection. I mean, yeah, I was a young twenty-something female at one time, but I was always very observant and analytical in the way I approached the world and people in it. This girl is neither (observant nor analytical, that is). So I'm having trouble imagining spending a half-hour a week with her, doing whatever workout she may come up with for me.

I'm sure she's a very nice person. She's just not the right trainer for me, and there's no sense wasting any time trying to confirm or disprove something I already know in my heart to be true.

So I need to get in touch with the head trainer at the gym and schedule myself with someone else for my next appointment.
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    That's absolutely the right decision. I persevered with my trainer even though I was really not comfortable with them and I regret it very much.
    I hope you can find someone who is a better fit : )
    2757 days ago
    Your blog makes me curious about the amount of education that is required in the country or state where you live to become a personal trainer. Where I live, it's a bit scary. "Buyer Beware" sort of thing. Basically, anyone who can cover the cost of tuition, can "become" a personal trainer in 6 months or less. Our airways are full of ads by these ethically challenged, for-profit vocational/technical schools. Their promise is always the same. . . Start your Career Today! Live Your Dream! Become a Personal Trainer in Just 6 Short Months! What Are You Waiting For? Here at Muscles-R-Us, We Care About You. We Care About Your Future. Be All You Can Be. Just Pick Up The Phone And Call Us Today. Your Future Awaits You! There's just so much of it! If I happen to be home during the day M-F, I have no choice but to keep the television turned off. Those ads run about every 12 minutes or so. I hate to generalize, but it's pretty clear that those schools don't care two hoots about their students or the quality of their education. Instead, they care about the thousands of dollars they can make in just 6 months off each unsuspecting, trusting, live body they can recruit. Much of the tuition money comes from government loans and grants because the tuition is always so high, the average person can't afford it on their own. I think these schools are mostly rip offs! Here's a good example - not quite on point - but close enough. I work in a law firm and we had a client contact us wanting his money back from one of the local vocational schools. Our client was "legally blind", but it was his dream to be an over-the-road truck driver. And guess what? The truck driving school enrolled him in their program - helped him get a government loan to pay the tuition - herded him through the 6 month program and actually graduated him! When the graduate couldn't get his CDL, he felt ripped off and wanted his money back. That's an extreme example - but pretty par for the course where these technical/vocational schools are concerned. Maybe I'm a skeptic, but I don't believe it's possible to educate a high school graduate (or drop out) in anatomy, physiology, etc. in just 6 short months. This is why I asked you the other day about whether you and your husband could work training each other - in the event you couldn't find a suitable trainer. Around these parts, once a person has worked out and trained as long as you have, the trainer becomes more about motivation than actual training. Anyway, just curious. If you need a trainer, I hope you find one soon . . . one that's really good at what they do and one that you are comfortable with. Best of luck!
    2758 days ago
    Good idea to make the change asap!
    2758 days ago
    I know what you mean. I picked my trainer based on her knowledge and the fact that we are in similar places in life. It makes the sessions much more tolerable.
    2758 days ago
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    great idea so keep on rocking and moving. emoticon
    2758 days ago
    Hey it is your money. You should definitely feel comfortable. I am sure you will find the right fit for you. Keep smiling. emoticon emoticon
    2758 days ago
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