“I got a Personal trainer . What’s your experience with it? Do they help? Motivate? Only show you what to do ?”
The most important thing is that you decide what you want your personal trainer to do and be very clear about what you expect.
PT’s can have many purposes, and their favorite one is to simply be whatever they decide for themselves. When I had a PT, I had the generic obvious goal of losing weight. Well, that didn’t happen and I couldn’t really hold it against her because I didn’t enter the relationship with a specific, measurable goal.
I would say to put them on the hook for something like “lose 10 lbs in 2 months” and let them know that’s what you expect. Also you have to be committed to doing whatever they tell you in order to reach those goals. If you’re not fully committed you will be much better off finding a class you can attend regularly, finding advice online, or something much less expensive. PT’s also make for expensive workout buddies – you may be able to form a Meetup group or find a buddy at the gym if that’s what you’re looking for.
Also my past PT wasn’t clear about the fact that I needed to seriously change my diet and when the weight didn’t fall off, then she decided to provide recommendations on nutrition.
This should definitely be done up front – and if weight loss is your goal be sure that you have that convo with them from the start. They legally can’t give you a diet plan if they’re not a nutritionist, but they can give you guidance (# of cals to eat each day, foods to avoid, etc)
If you want to learn proper form or you’re new to working out in general, I do think that’s a great reason to have a PT and you don’t have to get as specific about long term goals. You will naturally start to feel better about your techniques – or not.
$25-35 for 30 min is about right in terms of pricing – I would only pay more if someone recommended a specific trainer and that happens to be their rate.