Ask the trainer - how to pick a trainer and weight loss plateaus

I receive many emails and facebook questions, and wanted to share this letter.

Hi, Andrea-

I am sorry to bother you but I was hoping to get your thoughts on finding a trainer.

I had my doctor's appt and was disappointed that I only lost 12 lbs in a year so my doctor, suggested I get a trainer and I had been thinking about it anyway.  I talked to one lady and I wasn't a fan but figured OK.  Last night I talked to my 6th grade boyfriend from StL who lives here now.

He said I could come out there and train with him.  The price is not a big deal but time would be an issue.  I would work all day and then have to be there at 7-8 and then come home.  And that would be 3 days a week.  I asked about working out with him 1 day a week and then working out at my gym the rest of the time.  He didn't like that.  Mainly because he doesn't use weight machines just free weights and kettle bells.  It just seems like so much time, yes...I want to lose but...

My big question is what is the best way to find a trainer?  Everyone has such different philosphies and believes there way is the only right way, how do I know what is right?

Stephanie from facebook

Dear Stephanie:

You are coming along nicely! Congrats!
The best part about having a trainer is having someone to keep you checking in to make sure you are making progress and to keep  you motivated and seeing results!

Personality is key and also consider that you look up to this person and trust them.
No matter if you train once or 3 times a week you can achieve the results that you want.
Ask for one or two free no obligation workouts to see if you match up and are feeling comfortable with your trainer - then make a 20 session or 10 session commitment.
They should be willing and confident enough to make this workout for both of you!

Lmk what happens!

Andrea Metcalf is a healthy lifestyle expert and author of Naked Fitness, a 28 Day Proven Weight Loss Program for a Slimmer, Fitter, Pain Free Body (Vanguard Press).

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  • Andrea here is kind of a curveball. I suffer from a super high metabolism, I eat more than someone who does it for competition and still don't gain the weight. I feel as well that I live in a time where most people are looking to shed the lbs and not put it on. What are some suggestions that you might have for someone in my arena that doesn't so much want to lose the weight as much as gain it?

  • In reply to Curtis Shaw Flagg:

    Certainly a delayed response to your questions about putting on weight. The key ingredient for you to put on weight and still be healthy is protein, fruits and veggies. You can load up on complex carbs but what you probably want isn't more "weight" as in fat but rather muscle and bulk. Protein is key and not in the form of just adding in powders at every meal.

  • Ah, I miss having a trainer. I've substituted a very motivated friend and we keep each other on track.

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