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Choose Your Trainer Wisely

Choose Your Trainer Wisely

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Not all trainers are created equal. The guy at the local gym, while he might be super nice, won't necessary get you stage ready.

I can't tell you how many times I've heard of gals shoveling out hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars for trainers that are completely ignorant about this sport. I cringe every time I hear it.

"My trainer has me on this great plan. I'm losing a TON of weight!"

"My trainer has me eating 5 meals a day. I just LOVE the meal replacement shakes and protein bars."

There's really nothing inherently wrong with what the trainers are doing, it just won't necessarily get you stage ready.

Most personal trainers are educated to help the average man or woman lose weight. Simple as that. Through a combination of various forms of strength training and cardiovascular activities, coupled with a reasonable diet that fits into the individual's lifestyle, they shape their clients oftentimes into just a smaller version of their former self.

Here is a list of things to watch out for when choosing your trainer:

-- Are they pushing you to buy meal replacements like shakes and protein bars?

These are a big no-no in a figure and bikini gal's diet. Whole foods are best. The only shakes that should exist in your diet are possibly whey protein before and/or after your workouts and casein at night.

Trainers push products because either they or the gym make money on them. Beware!

-- Have they trained figure or bikini competitors before?

If not, walk away. You want someone with a track record. You're spending WAY too much money not to have that.

If you don't have someone local that has that kind of experience, consider an online training program. While they are not right there next to you, I can attest that they are a really close second. And if I had my choice between a trainer with no experience and a trainer with tons but online, there's no question the online trainer will get my money.

--Are they male or female?

Okay - this one is a little tougher, but hear me out.

There are many great male figure and bikini competitor trainers out there with an incredible track record. Don't get me wrong. Kim Oddo is a perfect example. If you have the chance to train with him, do NOT hesitate for one moment.

That being said, there are countless other male trainers, both online and off, that are wonderful male bodybuilding trainers, but haven't a clue how to get a figure and bikini gal competition ready.

The female body simply doesn't work like a male body.

Oh sure - he can have you build muscle no doubt. But when it comes to dropping those last few pounds of fat and looking lean and full on stage, he likely will miss the mark.

You'll read tons of articles online from successful male bodybuilders now turned figure and bikini competition prep gurus. Watch out. Their advice may leave you plenty frustrated!

-----What To Do-----

If you can...

- choose a female personal trainer that has walked in the very same shoes you want to. If she has been a pro figure or bikini competitor, she certainly knows a thing or two about the sport.

- make sure she has trained other gals just like you and ask for before and after photos or contest result history. If they balk at producing that walk away.

- consider on line training, it's not like it use to be. Sometimes access to a reputable trainer is just not possible in your hometown. Online training is a wonderful alternative that can give you access to the best of the best.

Author: Kristin Shaffer
kristin@figureandbikini.org

Member Comments

I am currently considering finding a trainer. I will be meeting with one here in Edmonton for a consultation on Friday hopefully - Brandi Burns. I have spoken with a guy who trains with her and he spoke very highly. I've also seen s ome pics of him and it's pretty impressive - his goal is to compete this summer. I will see how the consult goes.
--fmphillips

fmphillips that's great!

--fabeditor

At least in my experience, I know pretty quickly if the trainer I am working with is "right" for me. For my first show, I worked with a trainer. My second and third show, I did on my own. In between that time, I met with a few different people and didn't "click" with anyone. So, I figured I would give it a try on my own. Then, I came into contact with Debi Lasewski, and IMMEDIATELY i knew that I was meant to work with her. She listens, she's tough, we have similar though processes, and she has a great deal of experience. Choosing a coach is difficult, but when you find the right one, you will undoubtedly know!
--SarahSuss21

Do you have to have a trainer? Is that recommended or will following online tips and such be enough?
--Strwpink

Strwpink you certainly don't have to have a trainer. Many competitors don't. There can be a lot of advantages to having a trainer though, such as motivation, peace of mind, and direction. Especially if you're brand new to the sport.
--fabeditor

*fmphilips*- Did you end up going with Brandi? I am considering her and another trainer and it is a tough choice, so it would be great to hear about your experience with her if you did train with her :)
--melindak1982@gmail.c

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