When to quit your personal trainer?
August 21, 2013 11:10 AM Subscribe
I have been working with a personal trainer for about three months. I am about to run out of sessions. Should I re-up?
posted by Brittanie to health & fitness (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
After a string of injuries, I finally quit Crossfit in the spring, which I had been doing off and on for a few years. In May I joined my local Y and bought a beginner's personal training session consisting of a consultation and two hour-long workout sessions. I liked the trainer so I immediately bought another package of 25 workouts for $1300 ($52 an hour). On top of this, my Y membership is $72 a month.
I have been working out with her twice a week (minus a couple of session here and there for illness and travel) since mid May. Today's workout was #19 of 25, so I have ~three weeks left.
I like her enough — though we have sort of a superficial relationship, we chat about books and movies and current events while I work out. Since I started working out with her while I was coming off a back injury, I think she was fairly easy on me. I am used to the intensity of CF workouts, but I told her I didn't like feeling so sore after a workout that it interfered with the rest of my week (which was what was happening in CF). Only in the past few weeks or so has she ramped up workouts enough that I am having some gentle DOMS, which is okay. They aren't so severe that they ruin my other workouts for the week (more on that below).
I can definitely tell my muscles have changed and I feel stronger. Several exercises she has me do, like planks, are gradually getting easier. I haven't lost any weight at all, though I'm certain that's because I have not really altered my diet. (I know, I know, abs are made in the kitchen.) I am also sort of used to quicker progress thanks to the nature of CF, but I am willing to make some trade-offs in order not to feel wrecked all the time.
Pretty much all we do is work out, though. Despite the fact she took measurements and got my workout history at the first session, she gives me no nutritional consultation at all. Our workouts are different each day and consist of cardio (jumping jacks, etc), weight machines and free weights, and bodyweight exercises like crunches, planks, pushups. We've also recently started doing some TRX stuff, which I really like (this is what has made me the most sore lately). I wonder if I might get the same benefits by working out in a bodypump class or just taking a TRX class, which my Y now offers without additional cost to my membership.
One plus to working out with her, though, is that she keeps me accountable to not skipping, which would likely not be a benefit of working out in a class setting. I felt more motivated to health better when I was in CF because it was drilled into us constantly.
In addition to my twice-a-week PT sessions, I also run 3-4 times a week and go to yoga a few times a week. Crossfit made it impossible to do either of these, because I was SO SORE all the time. In October I will start training for my sixth half marathon, and I am also thinking about taking on 40-day yoga challenge (yoga 6 days a week) on Sept. 30. I am used to "bricking" — PT in the morning and yoga in the evening, or yoga in the morning and running in the evening.
I do value my health enough to pay a premium for it. I can re-up on sessions for about the same amount, ~$50 a session. I have the financial means to do so (Crossfit was also expensive, but not that expensive) but I am trying to figure out if this is the best use of my money when I already have a basic gym membership.