While I appreciate you Cad Law and respect what you have to say, I have to disagree here.
If this guy is any type of self taught individual, which he seems from his post, then he is capable of reading and learning more than what an expensive trainer can teach him in the short time he would pay for said trainer’s advice/cirtique.
Form is not a science that requires professinal consultation. Especially as a beginner. In my humble opinion.
Do some searches, read, learn, research, and execute. It is that simple.
I completely disagree. I was self taught with the power clean. It wasn’t until I received coaching that I realised how far off I was. There are many things that you cannot get a handle of from only reading and watching movies.
A good trainer can pick up on small flaws that could cause major issues months and years down the road. How many self taught trainees do you see in the gym with horrendous form? They’re in the majority at the gyms I’ve been to. I’m sure they all read about how to lift too.
2 sessions with a good trainer will teach him more than a year of bumbling around. I think hiring a good trainer is an excellent investment. Especially if he’s a beginner and is concerned with long term joint health and safety.
Well said, I agree 100%. I wish I could go back in time and not fumble around for the first few years… but hey that’s how I had to learn.
But here’s the question: how does the OP begin to know what constitutes a knowledgeable coach?
It’s a funny dilemma, because a newbie will not know what perfect technique is. He might just be sold on the guy who he thinks looks the biggest/strongest. I think there’s a large amount of luck that goes into good training. I was lucky enough to be in touch with some very advanced guys (I’ve met and learned a lot from elite powerlifters and bodybuilders, all through pure luck).