I was working with a good trainer for awhile last year and loved it, mostly for the variety and the ability to have someone else do the mental pushing. Unfortunately he is no longer available to train and I really cant afford training right now.
But I have had bad experiences as well. I find it really difficult in a small town to find a good trainer. I most often run up against the "This is my canned routine I do for everyone" type trainer and trainers with horrendous form.
My worst trainer was when I met with a trainer with the clear instructions "I want to lift heavy that is what I want you for. I have nutrition covered, I have cardio covered. I'm here to lift". Basically I was willing to pay for a spotter and for program help. He kept starting me with cardio with pink barbie weights. I kept thinking it was the warmup and saying "I warmed up before the session". He kept harping "we need to develop your cardio and your endurance base before you can lift heavy". ?? I had qualified for Boston Marathon the month before and he knew that.
I love having training partners because it gets me to the gym but currently I am struggling with a partner who has become too dependent on me. I realized as I left the gym this morning how often I sacrifice my own workout to bring it down to her level. That was ok when I used to live in the gym, but I dont right now. I miss having running partners, but I cant run at the level I used to right now. (Or dont want to, not sure which)
MTA: because it is rare I dont have more to say
"When I got too tired to run anymore I just pretended I wasnt tired and kept running anyway" - my daughter Age 7