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Why I use a Personal Trainer

BovaJP

BovaJP

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Feb 15, 2013
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OH boy, this past week was truly a valid reason I use a personal trainer.

I've had a personal trainer now (same one) for about 3-4 yrs now. I love her. Normally we train 3x's week but this past year i had my RC repair surgery so we took that down to 1 a week and we did legs lol. So all year, i've been still training in the gym on my own 4-5x's/week but only once with her.
Well i've been doing a workout that i had changed up every 4-5 weeks or so. And with my injury and me training to get my strength back, i'm very conservative when it has been coming to increasing weight/knowing when to increase, etc.
I had been doing deadlifts at 135# and felt really good and was afraid to increase. Well a couple weeks ago, i took it up to 155# and felt good.

This week I was with my personal trainer, and for some reason the 135# felt light so I was doing lots of reps. She put more weight on and was still doing lots of reps. She said i'm ready for 225#, so loaded it up. Boy was she right. Cranked out some reps no problem. Had great momentum going, but got a foot cramp and i had to stop LOL. I could have still went, i had more reps in me. I was bumming.

I think it must be a female thing....we are hard on ourselves, we don't push ourselves like we should or whatever the reason it is all mental. Because clearly i was physically able to do it. There is something to be said in working with a personal trainer and having more self confidence in handling the weights that they give you.

KUDOS to my personal trainer!!!! Well worth the $$ I give her.
 
DungeonDweller

DungeonDweller

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Mar 21, 2017
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#3
I think it must be a female thing....we are hard on ourselves, we don't push ourselves like we should or whatever the reason it is all mental. Because clearly i was physically able to do it. There is something to be said in working with a personal trainer and having more self confidence in handling the weights that they give you.
I think this translates to guys too.
 
DungeonDweller

DungeonDweller

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#5
I think the mental part of working out is huge and often understated.

I workout alone and there are days when my mind reasons why I need to skip or go light. Sometimes my mind wins those battles. A PT in my corner could help with that, and that's why I've considered having one from time to time, but my schedule is irregular so its hard to make plans.
 
ItalianMuscle

ItalianMuscle

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Sep 1, 2010
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#8
For sure its all mental. And that goes for all sports, not just body building..
 
dangerouscurves

dangerouscurves

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May 25, 2011
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#9
Sometimes just having someone see you without the influence of our internal dialogue is enough to realize more potential than you imagine yourself to have. Anytime you can get an additional perspective and push is worth the $$$
 
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Norse12

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Dec 7, 2019
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A couple years ago I went with my wife (We hardly ever trained together, she trained in the daytime while I'm at work) and she sat down on the leg press sled. I don't remember exactly the weights but I almost doubled the weights she first put on. We had a bit of pep talk - come on, it's in your head, it looks scary, don't worry you won't be stuck in a bad position, let's see you do 1 rep, etc. And she did it, pushed out 8 reps at almost double the weight of last week! It was all in her head. It really got her thinking of the mental aspect of lifting.

Same story two weeks ago, she was scared of squatting 100kg (220#) even though she could rep 5 at 90kg. When she finally got her head around it and decided to give it a go, she pushed out 1 proper rep. The 100kg was just a scary number. (At 61kg/135# body weight).

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