We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It took me over three years to be well-enough trained to do more of my daily work on my own - not including my 1-2 hours/week of trainer-led calisthenics/athleticism classes. (If you can give yourself a ballbusting calis class on your own, God bless ya. I know only one person who does, and I admire that person. She's a great ball of energy and good cheer.)
Admittedly, I am a slow learner and was not in great shape when I began this fitness adventure. And I did not know correct deadlift or squat technique. In fact, I did myself some damage in the past out of ignorance.
Why I have needed a trainer, despite the truly burdensome cost:
- To evaluate you and then plan your fitness regimens, advancing as possible - To train you to do your exercises and lifts properly, to avoid injury and to avoid wasting time - To instruct about proper nutrition for your fitness goals - To inspire and push you, through a positive relationship. Even working out with a spouse or buddy can take you to greater heights. Heck, even a pretty gal in the gym can have an effect. Stupid, right?
Eventually you begin to internalize your trainer's voice and direction, as people sometimes do with a therapist. It's like an alter ego. Many of us need that, because many of us do not really know how to push ourselves to the max. Human nature is lazy, mostly, but with plenty of potential.
I read a great quote years ago about having to listen to people droning on about their workouts. It went something along the lines of " if you are seriously injured in an accident on the treadmill, by all means, tell me, otherwise I don't care."
-you can constantly self-infer.
-and hector strangers as if yours was a moral gauge because, I'm told, many of us do not really know how to push ourselves to the max because human nature is lazy, mostly, but with plenty of potential.
“In a healthy society, it shouldn’t require heroic virtue just to live a healthy, normal life.” — Nick B. Steves
I find few people at my gym know how to correctly use equipment to maximize their muscle development (assuming that is why they are there using the weight machines). I’ve enjoyed your links to trainer pages. They’ve helped me to maximize gains. Thanks for the positive modeling. I can’t afford a trainer, but I’m willing to do the work once I learn how to do it correctly. I’m hitting 70 this year and feel the strongest in many years and with real muscle definition now.
I think that this discussion is positive and would encourage you to continue. Honestly even if the discussion were about vegetarianism which I am not particularly interested in I could skip or look at it to maybe learn something. So I don't agree with the negativism towards this subject.
And I say that as someone who does not want or need a trainer in the gym and in fact I simply want to be left alone to do what I want in the gym without criticism or comment.