I have recently gotten into lifting and have opted to start things off with a trainer just to get the ball rolling. However, I’m a little skeptical of his methods. When I work out alone, I will select a weight that I can get 8-12 reps with. But when I work out with my trainer, he will give me a weight that I can’t lift unless he gives me about a 5-10% spot.
He says that going heavier will allow me to get bigger faster, but I’m not so sure since the weight is too much for me to do on my own, I feel like it’s essentially the same as lifting a few pounds lighter since he’s helping me.
Also, it’s been three months and I have gained size and strength, but I am becoming accustomed to lifting with a constant spot. For instance, I can shoulder press 45 lbs with a small spot, but maybe only 30 on my own. I told him that I feel like it’s negatively affecting me, especially since I don’t plan on working out with a trainer for the rest of my life, but he simply states that I will grow out of it and that I’ll get stronger and be able to do things on my own. I’m not so sure.