If You Could Ask a Personal Trainer Anything, What Would It Be?

Updated on September 15, 2012
C.P. asks from Los Angeles, CA
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I have a friend who is an amazing personal trainer. She wanted to try her hand writing a blog, but was kind of clueless where to start. So I said I would ask all of you what you would want to read about from a personal trainer. She is a mom, probably in her late 30s/early 40s, very sincere in her desire to help.

Anything you would want to ask her?

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answers from Los Angeles on

What does she see as the primary difference between those who do and do not succeed at their fitness goals.

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answers from Grand Forks on

How can I lose inches from my waisteline without dieting and minimal exercise? Yes, I know, not going to happen...

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answers from Las Vegas on

I would ask her if her approach to training a woman in her 30s is different than a woman in her 40s...
I would ask this because having used MANY different trainers, ALL seemed to train you as though you were in your 20s and when you said something hurt, it was thought that you were slacking.. instead of the fact that as we age, our bodies definitely change and so do our workout needs..

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answers from Santa Fe on

I have diastasis recti from my two pregnancies. I am thin and exercise most days but my stomach sticks out and the muscles are weak. Is there anything I can do? What should I avoid in my yoga classes? What types of weight lifting can I safely do? Now I also have lower back problems that I am sure are related to my abdominal problem. I just want to get strong again, but it seems like nothing works. (That is what I would ask!)

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answers from Los Angeles on

I'm another one who wants to know what I can do to flatten my belly. That mama pooch is so discouraging!

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answers from El Paso on

How in God's name do I motivate myself get up and work out when it means I have to get up early to do it?? I am SO not a morning person... :)

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answers from Tulsa on

How can I burn fat off my lower stomach?

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answers from Phoenix on

I would be interested in knowing how I can get an efficient workout in 30 minutes or less a day. Inquiring busy moms wanna know!!

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answers from Houston on

I have two problem areas that could use some advice... double chin and of course the baby belly that doesn't want to go away.

Also, what can help with back strengthening for consistent slouchers?

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answers from Dallas on

I am a woman in her 50s trying to consciously loose weight for the first time. I am walking around an indoor track for an hour at least 3 times a week. I have done this for 6 months now. I finally feel like I can stand to do more. I have lost inches but only about 3 lbs. :( What is next? My knees are not good enough to run, but I walk fast. I hate any kind of aerobics or any thing that has steps for this uncoordinated person! Treadmills bore me.
I know I need a change before I dread the track and give up altogether.

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answers from Chattanooga on

A few topics...

Healthy eating and the impact it has on workouts...

What TYPES of food before and after working out.

What type of workout to do for different results. (weight loss vs toning vs muscle building...)

How to schedule workouts (Cardio and strength together? Separate them by days? Full-body workout hitting everything every day vs concentrating on different sections..)

What to do first (cardio, then strength... or strength, then cardio...?)

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answers from Charleston on

What's the truth about what to eat? High fiber, high protein? No carbs? No sugar, no salt? You hear all of this stuff and once you try to figure out what to eat, there's nothing left to choose from.

I want quick 20-30 minute routines to do daily. Not some 45-1hour long process. With kids with demanding schedules, homework, and life in general, I don't have time to exercise over 45 minutes per day.

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answers from Detroit on


I would subscribe for motivation so let me know.
I would ask her to set up a weekly workout schedule for her followers to follow so that we can keep track of the progress.

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answers from Minneapolis on

How to jump start my metabolism now that I am approaching menopause. I exercise a lot, but I'm kind of in a rut with it. Does it have to be related to women? My husband doesn't seem to understand that he just can't lose weight at age 49 by exercising more without changing his eating habits. So, I guess the question would be something to the effect of why doesn't exercise alone help me to lose weight and what do I need to do to lose weight in middle age?

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answers from Dallas on

Please let us know when she has it up!

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answers from San Luis Obispo on

I would want to know how to fit in fitness routines for moms that have to work outside the home. It's hard to fit in exercise alot of the time, and I'm a single mom also. So if she had any ideas on how to work around limited childcare, or ways to incorporate working out while also being able to watch small kids (youngest is 3, the other two are 5 and 10) that would be extremely helpful. I would also like to know what are good ways to work around problems areas for most women post-partum, such as the stomach area. The biggest thing would be how to acheive the results you want without having to go to the gym, since alot of us are on a budget right now and without having to purchase equipment either. If she had real-life solutions to these problems, I think it would be very valuable and encouraging to alot of moms who have wanted to either begin an exercise regimine or alter what they have going on already to boost results. Also, maybe adding a realistic diet plan that fits into a budget would be great too. Most of what I've researched online is helpful but expensive and not realistic for alot of moms right now. Thanks for the post, its a good one :) Best of luck to your friend and please keep us updated on when and where we can find the blog.



answers from San Francisco on

What is the number one thing that a mom who is breastfeeding can do to lose weight. She has 30 minutes tops to devote to exercise a day?

What is the best exercise to shed pounds fast?

Do personal trainers endorse any programs--jenny craig, weightwatchers, or medifast?

What are the best combos for weighttraining and weightloss---


answers from Iowa City on

What results can a person realistically expect from a 30 minute per day light to moderate workout? That is often the amount of time that people can commit to on a daily basis. People are busy or they just aren't going to wake up at 5AM to exercise plus a lot of people aren't going to do anything too intense. Gyms and trainers often have before and after pictures on display but they fail to mention that the person in the picture is doing a great deal more than the 30 minutes of exercise recommendation that you get from your doctor.

It would also be good if she could outline at home equipment and activities because a lot of people just do not have the time or funds to join a gym or hire a personal trainer.



answers from Houston on

How long did it take her to get to the shape she is in now?

How often does she work out?



answers from Pittsburgh on

Possible topics:
Healthy eating
What/when to eat for a workout
Sports drinks or water during a workout
Maximizing a workout
Alternate cardio/weight training?
Best activity for burning fat?
Best activity for building muscle?
Super foods?
Staying fit when you travel



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