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    Workout rant

    Okay, not much of a rant, but can anyone at least validate this pet peeve of mine:

    There is a group of extremely out-of-shape people who recently started working out at our gym. In and of itself, this is a very good thing. I was once an out-of-shape person, and feel a bunch of empathy for them. Unfortunately, they have sought the assistance of a "trainer" who is, of course, only in mildly better shape than they are, plus he has them doing mainly "targeted muscle group resistance exercises."

    Dude, if you are 5'4" and weigh 300 to 400 pounds, you don't need to "target" the back of your arms, or your "love handles". You need to find and sustain whole body exercises that you can do at least 5 times a week, while working on calorie intake.

    This jerkoff has approached me in the past about this or that "awesome" exercize that really gives your "X" micro-muscle a "great workout." And, of course, he has a gut and puny musculature. And, he does this for a living.

    These guys tick me off. Thanks for tolerating my gripe.


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    Re: Workout rant

    Quote Originally Posted by Phaedrus View Post
    Okay, not much of a rant, but can anyone at least validate this pet peeve of mine:

    There is a group of extremely out-of-shape people who recently started working out at our gym. In and of itself, this is a very good thing. I was once an out-of-shape person, and feel a bunch of empathy for them. Unfortunately, they have sought the assistance of a "trainer" who is, of course, only in mildly better shape than they are, plus he has them doing mainly "targeted muscle group resistance exercises."

    Dude, if you are 5'4" and weigh 300 to 400 pounds, you don't need to "target" the back of your arms, or your "love handles". You need to find and sustain whole body exercises that you can do at least 5 times a week, while working on calorie intake.

    This jerkoff has approached me in the past about this or that "awesome" exercize that really gives your "X" micro-muscle a "great workout." And, of course, he has a gut and puny musculature. And, he does this for a living.

    These guys tick me off. Thanks for tolerating my gripe.

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    Re: Workout rant

    I honestly don't know why anybody would go to a trainer that isn't in great shape. I mean obviously they don't take it seriously, or practice what they preach.

    I do Farrell's and all the instructors where I go are in phenominal shape, especially the lady who owns our franchise. It's inspiring and I love to push myself to try and match their effort.



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    Re: Workout rant

    Agreed. Another thing that bothers me is when really overweight people feel like they need to do sit ups to get rid of the belly fat. It doesn't work that way. You don't target the muscle group of a fatty area and burn fat in that area.


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    Re: Workout rant

    Quote Originally Posted by BryceC View Post
    I honestly don't know why anybody would go to a trainer that isn't in great shape. I mean obviously they don't take it seriously, or practice what they preach.

    I do Farrell's and all the instructors where I go are in phenominal shape, especially the lady who owns our franchise. It's inspiring and I love to push myself to try and match their effort.
    Don't even mention Farrell's around my wife unless you are wearing a cup.


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    Re: Workout rant

    Quote Originally Posted by CyinCo View Post
    Agreed. Another thing that bothers me is when really overweight people feel like they need to do sit ups to get rid of the belly fat. It doesn't work that way. You don't target the muscle group of a fatty area and burn fat in that area.

    Agreed. I've noticed changing eating habits is better than a few situps a day.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mjones34 View Post
    Agreed. I've noticed changing eating habits is better than a few situps a day.
    I'd say that's 75% of the battle.



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    Re: Workout rant

    My roommate is a personal trainer and to put that he is "mildly" in shape is a severe understatement. I used to be in the boat where I thought personal trainers were a waste of money but I have done a complete 180.

    The biggest thing they do is hold you accountable. I go to the gym 4 times a week and try to eat a diet that will help me attain my fitness goals, but I can sometimes talk myself out of working out or skimping on my diet. A trainer is someone who can help push you to attain your goals and not cut corners.

    They also sit down with you to set your goals and set up a system specifically designed towards those goals. Trainers do not just focus on getting ripped muscles. If an overweight person's goal is to just shed weight and get into shape, but not necessarily get muscley, they set up a workout and diet to reach that goal.

    I have become close with many trainers through my roommate and they all take their job very seriously. In each session they sit down with the client and go over what they have done physically since their last session, what their diet has been, and reassess their goals.

    I have seen too many overweight people go to a trainer and completely turn their health around. I am not going to say that they couldn't have done it on their own, but having a trainer definitely does not hurt.



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    Re: Workout rant

    I've actually thought about writing a book. The title will be "Don't eat so much and get off your ***." There are only a few pages in it, including a title page and a couple pages for writing notes. I think it would help some people...



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    Re: Workout rant

    Quote Originally Posted by CyinCo View Post
    Don't even mention Farrell's around my wife unless you are wearing a cup.
    I don't even know what to say about that...



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    Re: Workout rant

    Here's mine. Last fall I decided after reaching my highest weight ever (219), I started changing habits-went from 8-10 cans of Diet Dew/day to 1 or 2 a week (I splurge for breakfast on the weekends), trying to eat better, etc. I have a small frame, very skinny arms and a belly. In a couple of months I went down to 195. Since February I've been trying to hit the gym to run/lift at least 3 times a week, usually it's more. I've noticed some shrinkage in my waste, but I still have the belly. What ticks me off is that the one place I appear to be losing weight is in my wrists!! My wrists are skinnier than some women's and they're still getting smaller. I can tell because I've had to have my watchband adjusted twice, and need it again. Plus, I can't get lower than 192. Any advice?



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    Re: Workout rant

    Total body workouts are the best for all around fitness. These people should start slow, then gradually do more. A great option is crossfit if you really want to get in shape. It is what many armed forces train with, as well as movie casts, like 300.

    Welcome to CrossFit: Forging Elite Fitness

    CrossFit IOWA

    Check out those links for some info. I think the Des Moines one is run by an ISU grad.



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    Re: Workout rant

    I have managed to gain back most of the weight I lost a couple of years ago. I recently hired a sadistic _________ (choose your own word here) trainer to get me back into shape. He has me work my "core" but I don't do sit ups, I do planks, reverse ball crunches and a whole host of other things BEFORE working all other body parts. He had me working my legs so hard it hurt to stand up or sit down for 3 days. I may be fat now, but I know this guy will get me to my goal...

    Frankly, the toughest part for me about going into a gym is all of the meatheads and steroid cases. I get a little intimidated.

    My sister has done Farrell's now about a year and has enjoyed some tremendous results.



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    Re: Workout rant

    Quote Originally Posted by cybsball20 View Post
    I don't even know what to say about that...
    Long story but she has no love for Farrells.


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    Re: Workout rant

    Really, to touch back on the original rant, if you really feel strongly about it and you feel the trainer is giving them bad information. Maybe you should say something to the people who hired the trainer. Usually, I'm pretty happy that someone comes up to me and says, "Hey, if you really want to improve your over all fitness, you should do it this way instead." I think the initial approach may be a little awkward, but, it's obvious these people are out of shape not only for lack of care in the past, but, also, a lack of knowledge of how to get back into shape correctly. Anyone can claim to be a trainer and anyone can hire a trainer. Getting the person that's willing to work with you to reach your goals is the important thing.



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