I've lost a significant amount of weight since Christmas. At a recent gathering, a friend, Rachelle, very graciously paid me a compliment and asked what I'd been doing different. I replied, WW and I just started with a personal trainer through my gym to "tone up" now that I've shed the dense protective layer of fluff. This apparently, was a huge mistake. Someone else at the party, Tony, foghorned across the room that using a trainer was WASTEFUL and if I wasn't so lazy and uninformed I could do the exercises on my own and save the trainer's fees. He suggested that I just follow the trainer around while he works with another woman of my size, watch what exercises she does and copy her.
Cue this expression from me:
There's a couple of things wrong with this:
1) It's a theft of the trainer's time and techniques.
2) What are the odds that the trainer would be working with a woman of my (far above average) height and build during the times I go to the gym?
3) The exercises the trainer would be doing with the other woman might not be the best exercises for me. For all I know, the other woman might have a major injury she's recovering from.
4) Part of the reason I want to use a trainer is that I need someone to correct my form and make sure I'm not under/over-doing it. I don't want to hurt myself. Using the Peeping Tom method of trainer stalking would not accomplish this.
5) Following another person around the gym, copying them, is a little creepy.
I immediately thought of this thread and simply smiled at him, saying, "That's an interesting thought."
DH, however, has never been to ehell, and wanting to defend his wife, told Tony, "Weeble's doing great. I'm really proud of how much progress she's made and if she wants to devote money to learning which exercises will work best for her goals, I'm all for it."
Tony grumbled that it must be nice to have "money to waste."