(Original post by Runner)
Complete rubbish about personal trainers. As long as you go to a good gym, you'll meet very knowledgeable people who can help you specifically - much better than some students through an internet forum who can't design a program for you!
I love your sarcasm, I can see us one day becoming bosom buddies.
Yes, there are lots of 'good'/well equipped gyms out there, but only a handful have 'knowledgeable' people who can, and do, give good advice. At home for example, I know of only one proper
lifting gym where I could go to to get good advice in 10+ miles. Sure, we have lots of well equipped health centres, Next Generation, Bannatynes, etc, but places where you can get good advice are few and far between.
Better than students? How many PTs do you know who are studying degrees which cover physiology, nutrition, anatomy, biochemistry, etc. I'd say I'm quite a bit more qualified than your PT down at the gym who gained his qualification through attending a few evening classes, or even someone who went to the effort of getting a sports science degree. Plus there is all of the background reading, and personal training experience, that I have as well. Sure, sometimes I get PTs and other 'experts' trying to give me advice, needless to say I know better and I ignore them.
Again, since when has a PT you know recommended 5x5, or RossTraining, or Crossfit, or 3x5?
When has a PT recommended 1000s of crunches, 4x12-15 of all the weights machines in the gym, lots of isolation exercises, bodypart splits for beginners? A huge amount of times. Stay on the forum long enough and you will see the 'excellent' routines that PTs have recommended.