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So my Girlfriend Joined the Gym Today

and the sales person obviously tried to force personal training down her throat, even with me right there. my girlfriend told the girl that i was going to train her and the girl went into a shpeel about how i dont know the things that a personal trainer at goodlife would know, with me RIGHT THERE. brutal i tell ya, brutal. might i also add, this girl told my girlfriend if she doesnt eat every few hours she would go catatonic. i really hope my girlfriend doesnt go catatonic.

anyways,
i want my girlfriend to train like some of the women on this forums train. i just dont think goodlife trainers can really teach someone to do this kind of stuff. my point was proven when a trainer was showing a man how to cross arm front squat with a EZ curl bar. nuff said.

my lady has 10 days to get a discounted training rate, anyone have a good experience with a personal trainer? am i just being a dick?

Please DO NOT let her be influenced by a fucking PT. 95% of them have no clue how to make a proper well rounded program, or how to even do the exercises properly. And even less of them have even done that shit properly themselves.

You’re better off just helping her out yourself, and getting her to join T-Nation.

haha ya, i showed her the sister site. some of those girls are pretty inspiring. any suggestions on where to start with her?

today i showed her how to back squat and front squat. i was thinking of showing her some lifts that she can just circuit. her goals are pretty modest…for now. she just wants to look better for summer. so, i figure maybe a little bit of interval stuff like tabata, obviously working up to that kind of pace.

^ exactly

[quote]actionboy wrote:
haha ya, i showed her the sister site. some of those girls are pretty inspiring. any suggestions on where to start with her?

today i showed her how to back squat and front squat. i was thinking of showing her some lifts that she can just circuit. her goals are pretty modest…for now. she just wants to look better for summer. so, i figure maybe a little bit of interval stuff like tabata, obviously working up to that kind of pace. [/quote]

What’s her experience level? You might wanna start her out with bodyweight stuff for the first week or something. I know you’re stoked and want her to be a bad-ass who does deads and squats, but there’s no harm in starting her out slower.

And btw, which Goodlife do you guys train at? I went to this goodlife once to get a free trial and never went back. David Spade look a like tried to sell me a membership and I wasn’t too keen on it.

ive actually got her training with one of those padded bars that people use for broomstick twists (thank god i found another use for them). so shes getting the motions down with a bar that weights less than 2 pounds. its pretty much body weight but it puts more focus on the form shes going to need to be comfortable with later on.

goodlife is pretty terrible by the way. although, i train at the same one as scott milne. so at least we have an ifbb pro. makes me not feel so lame.

i train at goodlife too. its gay.

[quote]actionboy wrote:
and the sales person obviously tried to force personal training down her throat, even with me right there. my girlfriend told the girl that i was going to train her and the girl went into a shpeel about how i dont know the things that a personal trainer at goodlife would know, with me RIGHT THERE. brutal i tell ya, brutal. might i also add, this girl told my girlfriend if she doesnt eat every few hours she would go catatonic. i really hope my girlfriend doesnt go catatonic.

anyways,
i want my girlfriend to train like some of the women on this forums train. i just dont think goodlife trainers can really teach someone to do this kind of stuff. my point was proven when a trainer was showing a man how to cross arm front squat with a EZ curl bar. nuff said.

i really hope she doesnt go catatonic too…but if she does pull the plug. Who would want to live like that? (Anyone else catch that? Did the trainer REALLY say that)

my lady has 10 days to get a discounted training rate, anyone have a good experience with a personal trainer? am i just being a dick?
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PS most CPT certs. are also jokes look for NSCA cerified strength and conditioning specialist or ACSM exercise specialist

That’s good you’re starting her out slow, but don’t be afraid to start adding weight within a week or so. There’s nothing magically dangerous about adding weight.

[quote]hungry4more wrote:
That’s good you’re starting her out slow, but don’t be afraid to start adding weight within a week or so. There’s nothing magically dangerous about adding weight. [/quote]

thats the thing, i want her to take chances. i want her to add weight, drop bars, or get stuck coming out of the hole. it happened to all of us, well it happened to me at least and i turned out just fine. i think aside from some of the bad ass women on this forum, women train a little too cautiously. i never want her to be afraid to add weight.

Congrats man! Your girl took a big step and it’s awesome that you’ll be training her.

I agree do not let her waste time with a personal trainer. My Wife recently started going

to the gym. I know how exciting it can be to get her into everything right away.

You are doing it right by taking it slow. Try getting her the "New rules of Lifting for

Women" my Wife found it eye opening. Best of luck!

Coming from a personal trainer: most PT’s are a tragedy on wheels [small ones]. The average person needs the big basics which you can show her. If you really want personal training then go to a private studio setting where the results are easily displayed by the PT’s there.

You will pay the same as at Goodlife where the quality is low low low but get the real deal. Very occasionally you will luck out and get a great PT that knows his shit left and right and is able to get great results out of everyone. But typically that dude wont be at Goodlife for long.

A super fun expenditure of free time: going around to globo gyms and getting the 2 free sessions out of trainers. Makes for some hilarious shit.

-chris

yea dude, fuck personal trainers who are honestly a bunch of retards…i trained with my girlfriend when she first started and she couldnt be any happier with the results…if you know your shit ,than there is no need for some dumbass trainer…

now she trains on her own and has really gotten into lifting and training herself, she loves figureathlete.com and is always pulling up articles and training/dieting routines…show your girlfriend some of those articles and stuff and that may help show that you dont need a trainer…

IronWarrior

Did your GF express an interest in lifitng especially or did she just mention that she wants to start going to the gym…?
I only ask because she might still believe that lifitng weights will give her big bulky muscles and maybe her idea of exercise is walking on the treadmill or the watching tv on the recumbent(sp>) bikes for an hour.

Lifting isn’t for everyone, just sayin’…

You have the right attitude, I think, and your girlfriend’s lucky enough to have you to teach her.

Paradoxically, I think it’s easier for women if you take the emphasis off her appearance. Many of us are shy or screwed up about the way we look. A no-nonsense, performance/athletic approach takes that pressure off. As a newbie, she’ll be thrilled just to see the weights going up. Especially if you encourage her to ASSUME that progress is normal. (It’s amazing in retrospect, but a lot of people don’t realize that exercise is about improvement. It’s some kind of pointless propitiation of the Exercise Gods.)

[quote]Gabe299 wrote:
PS most CPT certs. are also jokes look for NSCA cerified strength and conditioning specialist or ACSM exercise specialist[/quote]

I agree with Gabe. NSCA has the best certification program that would be the most useful. You have to have a 4-year degree in an exercise related field of study like physical therapy, sports/fitness management, etc. The ACSM certification is good as well, however, they are certified more in terms of cardiac rehabilitation and specialty occupations.

Personal Trainers are hit and miss. Sometimes you really just need someone to help motivate you. Everyone works harder with someone watching over them, it’s just human nature. I’m not saying go for someone who has no credibility mind you, but whomever your girlfriend would get a long with is sometimes better.

I disagree with couples that think they can train one another. It’s okay to show her how to do certain exercises, but from personal experience it never seems to work out well in the long run if you have a couple working out together. I know a few couples that manage it well. I don’t know how they do it, but all my relationships I only had one gal that could workout with me and be able to keep up without being competetive and getting resentful. Just an opinion, mind you. Find someone with whom you’re girl friend gets along well with and writes good programs. You’ll know by the way she/he trains.

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Gremlin

Most people hire a personal trainer for motivation and an extra push. Not necessarily to gain the knowledge. The knowledge is available to anyone. And it’s highly variable. Just look at the amount of opinions we get on T-Nation of what works and doesn’t work.

As with anything training is highly variable to the individual. A good PT can identify what works for that person and apply that knowledge to them appropriately. If not they’re not worth the money.

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Gremlin