not a perfect trainer?

I got into a discussion (bordering on argument) about personal trainers.

Would you use a trainer that wasn't "perfect" and was still heavy?

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  • jlahorn
    jlahorn Posts: 377 Member
    One of my favorite group fitness instructors ever was definitely not perfect; I'd guess she was probably 15 lbs overweight. She was AWESOME. Super fit, full of energy, strong, smart, educated. and motivating.

    Would I have hired her as a personal trainer? Probably not. "Do as I say, not as I do" does not work for me, as a general rule.
  • RLDeShazo
    RLDeShazo Posts: 387 Member
    I should clarify, that I mean a trainer the same size or smaller than you, but not within the BMI limits.
  • rmontpetit
    rmontpetit Posts: 31 Member
    I guess, for me it would depend on my goal: if it is for a sport like foot ball or other that been heavy could help I would not mind but if it is for weight lost or been really fit I guess I won't
  • CallMeCupcakeDammit
    CallMeCupcakeDammit Posts: 9,497 Member
    They could be currently losing weight and using training as motivation for themselves, as well as to motivate others. I probably wouldn't use a trainer that I wasn't referred to, anyway, unless they came free with a gym membership. :smile: I've never had a trainer, so I don't know if the fact that they weren't super fit would affect the mental part of it.
  • RLDeShazo
    RLDeShazo Posts: 387 Member
    I've never used one either. My conclusion to our "discussion" was that we would look for different things from trainers, therefore what works for him wouldn't work for me. :)
  • ItsCasey
    ItsCasey Posts: 4,022 Member
    "Perfect" is a subjective term. Would I work with a trainer who doesn't practice what he/she preaches? No.
  • RLDeShazo
    RLDeShazo Posts: 387 Member
    "Perfect" is a subjective term. Would I work with a trainer who doesn't practice what he/she preaches? No.

    would you work with one that does, but isn't there yet? (at their final goal)
  • jody664
    jody664 Posts: 397
    There was a trainer at my old gym who used to weigh over 300 lb. He was far from perfect.....still had maybe another 20 lb to go, but if you had a lot of weight to lose and were new to exercising, he was your man. He had been there, done that, and knew how to motivate people. A lot of his clients had success in losing 100+ lbs and started exercising for the first time in their lives. He was very dedicated to his clients. I had a lot of respect for him.
  • ItsCasey
    ItsCasey Posts: 4,022 Member
    "Perfect" is a subjective term. Would I work with a trainer who doesn't practice what he/she preaches? No.

    would you work with one that does, but isn't there yet? (at their final goal)

    I don't believe in final goals. If you've reached a goal, it's time to set a new one. So yes, I would work with someone who still has something to shoot for. I would not work with one who is just sort of breezing by.
  • CatMcCheesey
    CatMcCheesey Posts: 143
    I think the most important quality of a good trainer is that they help you get the results you are looking for. Everything else is secondary.
  • mmm_drop
    mmm_drop Posts: 1,126 Member
    The best trainer I ever had was a little overweight; he had lost over 80lbs and was still working on himself. He became a trainer because one of his friends had told him with the way he connects with people he would be able to motivate others to better themselves.

    His friend was right; I never noticed the extra pounds. I loved that he pushed me every dang day that we met up and he was constantly switching things up and keeping me interested. I also felt I connected with him and was more motivated by him because he had faced some of the same struggles as me. He was a bada$$.