Was an interesting experience yesterday. Signed up for my one free training session at the gym I goto. Basically it was a sales presentation, that annoyed me.
First thing he did was measure my BF% which I've never had done before, so that was quite nice. 6'2" 205lbs at 15.2% BF. Thats 31lbs of fat and 174lbs of non-fat. He said my goal should be to stay at 205 and swap 10lbs of fat for 10lbs of muscle. That this will take a year to do. I don't believe that at all. Maybe a year to add 10lbs of muscle, but I've dropped from 288lbs to 205lbs in 10 months, so I can't see losing 10lbs of fat taking more than another 5-8 weeks.
He told me to warm up with some cardio to get my heart going and blood pumping. This seemed wrong to me. He then had me do lat pulldowns leaning way back. Didn't seem right to me either.
The other thing he had me do that I haven't done before is "drop sets". Inbetween sets he would lower the weight to about 1/2, and have me do 12-14 reps at the lower weight "while the blood was flowing". This just made my forearms ache.
We sat down and he went through how he will set me up with a workout that won't overtrain me. I told him I goto the gym 6 days a week, which probably is alittle low. 7-8 times a week is more accurate. He told me I'm overtraining and shouldn't be there for more than 3 times a week, 30 minutes a session. He said lifting should take no more than 30 minutes. He also drew a nice pyramid and showed how lifting is the most important, followed by cardio, then diet. I would put diet as the base, then lifting and cardio. He told me I'm not eating enough protein (uhh, had 290g yesterday, 250 the day before, is he drunk?)
Basically the guy seemed like an idiot trying to make a sales presentation and treating me like I was a fat chick. Kept saying "just think, if you skip out on one pizza a week, and 2-3 starbucks, you can easily afford this". I informed him that I don't eat that **** and haven't had pizza in probably 6 months. He wanted $36 a week, for 2 30 minute training sessions. No way I was going to pay that. He asked me if I rather keep working hard and be in the gym on Saturday morning, or be out on the lake. I told him I much rather be in the gym moving some weight than out frying in the sun. Probably not the normal answer.
Ohh well, that was my experience with a trainer. He got all pissed when I told him there was no way I would pay him to help. He gave me this rant how I'm not dedicated and won't get anywhere on my own. Yah, thats why I've lost 80+lbs, no motivation.