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Is a personal trainer worth the money?

If so then how much would you pay? Is it worth it to block book and pay over £100 or should I just do seperate sessions?

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If you're able to motivate yourself then it's probably not worth it, but if you aren't, and you find that you need help, then it might work for you.

Some are fantastic, and others aren't so good, so my advice would be to try a taster session with a trainer and see how it goes. With regards to price, there is a huge range out there, and it very much depends on what you can afford and what you personally feel it's worth for you. None of us will be able to tell you what you should or shouldn't pay :smile:.
Imo not really. They are only useful if you need motivation. But if you go to the gym with a friend, they can be motivation and it will be 100% free.

If you do not need motivation, you can gain all the health and fitness tips from the website

It's what most gym fanatics use. I know I am sounding like I am just advertising that site but that's not what I am trying to get at. It is just very useful and has a forum with people who know what they are talking about (not just for getting muscle mass, but even just sliming down, toning, general improvement in fitness etc).

So if I were you I would not get a PT, just research stuff online and ask questions on there if you are unsure about anything. The advice is often better online and on that website and it is obviously free too
Original post by jblackmoustache
Is a personal trainer worth the money?

Ultimately it depends how or why you need a personal trainer.

The main benefits of having a personal trainer are improved motivation and consistency, and to get you to do things you wouldn't normally do (eg; a proper warmup, technique work, cardio, etc). If you already have that in spades you're less likely to see a massive benefit.

If so then how much would you pay?

It depends how much you are willing to pay.

Is it worth it to block book and pay over £100 or should I just do seperate sessions?

Try before you buy. Do a couple of individual taster sessions before you commit to however many weeks/months.

Go by reputation. Anybody can call themselves a "personal trainer", set up a business and start taking sessions regardless of their experience, knowledge or abilities. Ask to speak to a couple of his clients and read up on his certifications (ie; NSCA = good).
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I pay £25 a session (an hour) but we also text regulary, so I'm kind of paying to have someone there to give me advise whenever I need it as well. If you struggle to stay motivated and feel like you're not sure what to do with yourself to get the results you want, then I'd highly reccomend it. It's a lot about finding someone you get along with and who you feel you can trust, ring around, arrange a consultation with one you like the look/sound of and go from there. I'd reccomend going to a few sessions to make sure you want to stick with that specific trainer before committing to a block booking.
I used a PT briefly when I initially started getting back into the gym. He was quite good, showed me some exercises I hadn't done before and I did see results after about a month. He cost £50 an hour and I had 2-3 sessions a week so the costs started building up... I went on holiday and used it as an excuse to terminate his services. They can be pushy though and he still texts me now and then about booking a session.

I'd recommend using one for the short term and then working out by yourself once you feel comfortable.
Depends if you are getting a really good one or a jumped up chain gym **** one. I certainly found it gave me the extra push and confidence that I was on the right track, proper form etc.
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Original post by jblackmoustache
If so then how much would you pay? Is it worth it to block book and pay over £100 or should I just do separate sessions?

It depends on whom you hire and what your goals are.
Some people are saying they are only good for motivation - that is flat out bull****.
A good PT should also help you to gain much faster and do this without injury or illness, plus give you a clean meal plan to eat. This would get you from fat (or whatever you are at) to very fit eg. bulk with definition as quickly and safely as possible.

Your best bet is to hire one and see what they offer you, and if it is everything as I stated, then go for a big booking.

Original post by newts2k
you're ****ing him aren't you?lol

Hahahahaha!!! I thought that too when I read her post. "give me advise whenever I need it" 1am in the morning i'm sure :awesome:
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Reply 8
In my opinion, no because if you want to achieve your goals that badly, you can do it yourself.

You can research what is needed on the Internet, then just implement it into daily life. If you can't motivate yourself to achieve something, what makes you think a personal trainer will make that much difference!
Reply 9
No, if you apply to a gym you can have a trainer Taylor a workout to you, show you the ropes, then leave you to it for a month, far cheaper.

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Reply 10
Definitely not. You can find out everything you need to know online - just put in a bit of time.

If you have a gym membership, go regularly or maybe sign up for a month. I've learned SO much from watching other people in the gym (it's not what it sounds like :frown:). Plus, if you see someone who is clearly experienced in the gym they will more often than not be thrilled to help you out or give you tips.

Good luck :smile:
Personally, I don't think so. Certainly not unless you're training for a very tough, specific goal (e.g - marathon, ultra marathon, etc.)

Just find a way to motivate yourself and get yourself out of the door each day to do your session. As for planning sessions, I personally enjoy having a little look round the internet and getting ideas from that. You don't need a personal trainer to plan effective sessions for you. Provided you're willing to do a little bit of leg work (no pun intended!) and under go a little trial and error to find what works for you.
Original post by zKlown
If you can't motivate yourself to achieve something, what makes you think a personal trainer will make that much difference!

That's not what I need a personal trainer for tbh. I can motivate myself, but the problem is I lack direction. Internet tutorials and books and all that are fine but I find it really hard to learn that way. Maybe its like learning the piano yourself entirely vs getting a tutor once or twice to direct you?

I'm just not that sort of learner. I think I'd benefit from maybe one session to point me the right way. I have no mates round here to go to the gym with also so I'm learning on my own. Something that I'm not entirely knowledgeable about.

Cardio is ok but I struggle like hell anything else and I wonder though paranoia 'am I doing this right?' There's no one to tell you your form is correct. Just gotta go by pictures and text etc.

I'm seeing that block booking would be a waste ofmoney now. Thanks for the replies everyone.

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Original post by jblackmoustache

Are there are guys (or girls) that work at your gym? You could ask them if there are, that's what they are paid for :smile: Or alternatively you just ask people there, that's what I have done in the past.

Assuming they are doing the exercise you want pointers on, people have been more than happy to help me out.
Reply 14
Ive never met a personal trainer who knows what he is talking about
Reply 15
Original post by jblackmoustache
If so then how much would you pay? Is it worth it to block book and pay over £100 or should I just do seperate sessions?

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It ultimately depends on your personal preferences and what works best for you. Some individuals can maintain self-motivation and consistency without assistance, while others may benefit from the extra push that comes with investing in a personal trainer.

In my experience, I found that working out independently didn't suit me well, as I struggled with procrastination. As someone who isn't a gym enthusiast but still wants to prioritize fitness, I opted to hire a certified professional trainer from They possessed the knowledge, skills, and abilities to create safe and effective exercise plans tailored to my body's needs. This investment in a personal trainer helped me with enhanced motivation and consistency.
For those considering hiring a professional trainer, it's a good idea to try a few individual sessions before committing. This way, you can make an informed decision based on your experience and determine if it's the right choice for you.