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Would you want your personal trainer to eat Paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 24, 2011 at 5:25 PM

I am currently on a hunt for a new personal trainer. (It's amazing how hard it is to find someone in the boonies willing to work @ 5:30am!)

I will be interviewing two possibles next week and I am trying to make a list of questions. Nutrition is at the top of that list, but I don't know if I am expecting too much to want a trainer that eats like me.

B22e5946e28a1845a6006737e59edfc6

(2437)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

I hung out around some crossfit folks a few weekends back and they literally talked crossfit for 5 hours on a friday night. Talked crossift through the UFC fight, through bar hoping and through a group of girls trying to join our table. I didnt think the cult accusation was correct but now I reserve judgement, haha That being said...a coach from one will be Paleo and will know their olympic lifts.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on August 25, 2011
at 06:37 PM

I can't even PAY anyone to work out with me at 5am, let alone join me just for my dazzling company. :)

218f4d92627e4289cc81178fce5b4d00

on August 25, 2011
at 01:47 PM

true, but another option is to have a work out partner, you can keep eachother accountable. I was lucky at University when I first got into weights, one of my friends was a experienced, knowledgeable and pushed me hard - I learned a lot and I encouraged him to work out more. Everybody won.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on August 25, 2011
at 12:02 PM

For me, it helps keep me accountable. When the only person I am disappointing is myself, hitting the snooze is much easier. Also, with certain exercises I like to have someone watching my form.

218f4d92627e4289cc81178fce5b4d00

on August 25, 2011
at 10:02 AM

coming from NZ I always found it a little odd too, only really rich people had personal trainers. Each to their own. You could say it's part of the culture? having therapists, counselors, psychiatrists, personal trainers. Over analyzing our lives when getting back to basics - " Anchestral health" should by it's virtue be moving away from that line of thinking?

218f4d92627e4289cc81178fce5b4d00

on August 25, 2011
at 09:51 AM

+1 Al is the man or Erwan.

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on August 24, 2011
at 09:27 PM

I do my abs with kneeling cable crunches, and lateral/upward cable choppers, v-ups and incline reverse crunches.

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(5639)

on August 24, 2011
at 09:26 PM

I go to Lafayette, and some of them are in great shape, but you can tell the roided out ones, and almost 80-85% of them are flabby, sucking down those awful muscle milks.

65430e39d7e9e9322718d016fe668051

(2944)

on August 24, 2011
at 08:35 PM

They get their abs on the crunch machine, DUH!

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on August 24, 2011
at 08:15 PM

What he said :)

Ccdf3fbcaec76e025ff94d03cc4daf9a

(536)

on August 24, 2011
at 08:14 PM

Lol...love the post! +1

5266ac5977ec9d80ac8047697dbbe55b

(738)

on August 24, 2011
at 08:07 PM

I went to the Union Square NYC Crunch up until July and just looking at some of the trainers was painful. Not exactly smart advertising!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on August 24, 2011
at 07:28 PM

Compatibility is definitely the most important to me. I'm just not sure how compatible I will be with someone that isn't interested in nutrition. I can accept non-Paleo, but not someone that eats crap.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on August 24, 2011
at 07:27 PM

I know good trainers are SO HARD to find! I had the best trainer I have ever had, but he's changed his schedule so that my 5:30am does not work for him anymore. It was a better business decision for him and I understand that. I just can't seem to find anyone else suitable after having the best. He is willing to write workouts for me, but I do better with someone in person watching my form and pushing me.

E639bc85fd42430285596434a6515ad5

(2226)

on August 24, 2011
at 05:54 PM

Well said. A person who understands good nutritional principles is more likely to also understand good exercise principles. So if he appreciates the positive aspects of a paleo diet, that's definitely a plus factor as a personal trainer, IMO. But there are plenty of very good trainers, I'm sure, who haven't put the same effort into understanding nutrition as they have into understanding exercise. So I don't think it's an automatic deal-killer. Just one factor to consider.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on August 24, 2011
at 05:40 PM

Sadly BHC, I only have one Crossfit gym near me and I tried it. The Owner/Coach was awful and not Paleo. It was a terrible experience. I am open to trying another Crossfit if another opens near me though.

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

(9812)

on August 24, 2011
at 05:38 PM

Oh, and +1! :-)

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

(9812)

on August 24, 2011
at 05:38 PM

The bacne is probably because they're on the juice! :/ We have one of those dudes at my gym; he looks so gross. What's the point of all those muscles if you look like a hot mess when the shirt comes off...

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on August 24, 2011
at 05:34 PM

Are you locked into your gym? You are surely to find one at a Crossfit gym. If not...you may have to compromise like you do with an Dr. Take what you like and leave the rest. Expensive compromise though.

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F3e312545761ab663e37e6c2d5c831ea

(1049)

on August 24, 2011
at 05:50 PM

I have a great PT, I choose her for her ability to train me. She's super fit. As we got to know each other she started eating Paleo. True story...

I'd focus more on compatibility and their ability to get you results, if they're logical and like-minded (as they should be) Paleo is a logical progression for them as they get to know you better!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on August 24, 2011
at 07:28 PM

Compatibility is definitely the most important to me. I'm just not sure how compatible I will be with someone that isn't interested in nutrition. I can accept non-Paleo, but not someone that eats crap.

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on August 24, 2011
at 05:31 PM

Hell yes!

Most of the dude I see with a layer of flub riding over their jacked biceps and traps, and skinny little legs running around "advising" people at my Crunch in NYC are not what I'd want as a personal trainer.

Oh I should eat how you eat? Will it make my back and shoulders all pimply and red and inflamed just like yours?? Ok!

What? Drink this industrial oil-derived "health-shake" PWO for gains? I can buy it right over there at the "nutrition counter," and I can have wicked post-gym flatulence like you do? Sign me up!

How do I get my abs so defined? You've tried everything, and you and your clients still have kegs riding around under your tiny shirts? Wait a second...I thought YOU were the trainer!

(haha sorry for the snark...I couldn't resist!)

Medium avatar

(5639)

on August 24, 2011
at 09:27 PM

I do my abs with kneeling cable crunches, and lateral/upward cable choppers, v-ups and incline reverse crunches.

Medium avatar

(5639)

on August 24, 2011
at 09:26 PM

I go to Lafayette, and some of them are in great shape, but you can tell the roided out ones, and almost 80-85% of them are flabby, sucking down those awful muscle milks.

Ccdf3fbcaec76e025ff94d03cc4daf9a

(536)

on August 24, 2011
at 08:14 PM

Lol...love the post! +1

5266ac5977ec9d80ac8047697dbbe55b

(738)

on August 24, 2011
at 08:07 PM

I went to the Union Square NYC Crunch up until July and just looking at some of the trainers was painful. Not exactly smart advertising!

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

(9812)

on August 24, 2011
at 05:38 PM

The bacne is probably because they're on the juice! :/ We have one of those dudes at my gym; he looks so gross. What's the point of all those muscles if you look like a hot mess when the shirt comes off...

65430e39d7e9e9322718d016fe668051

(2944)

on August 24, 2011
at 08:35 PM

They get their abs on the crunch machine, DUH!

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

(9812)

on August 24, 2011
at 05:38 PM

Oh, and +1! :-)

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on August 24, 2011
at 07:01 PM

I'm a personal trainer and I eat Paleo, but I think that the most important aspect of choosing a trainer is whether or not he/she gets YOUR goals regardless of what they do.

Some trainers simply have their clients do what they do, but the good ones go out of their way to really find out what it is that you are looking to create with your exercise program.

It is also important to do a "trial" of more than just one session. It's easy to put on an act for an hour, but the truth usually comes out after session two, three, or four.

Does the trainer start on time? Are they focused on you and your form? Is the time spent productive? Do they check their phone or talk to other people during your session?

This is what I would worry about.

If they have great exercise programming, a motivating personality, and respect that you eat Paleo and don't push protein bars, shakes, etc. on you, then you should be fine.

If you REALLY want a Paleo trainer, you might have luck looking into local Weston A. Price groups or searching for C.H.E.K certified trainers. At my old gym, there were a lot of WAP and CHEK trainers who basically ate Paleo, wore vibrams, and basically did Mov Nat style exercises with their clients, and this was years ago.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on August 24, 2011
at 08:15 PM

What he said :)

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Fe535c4994ac6176f76e1ff6d29eb08a

on August 24, 2011
at 05:33 PM

I'm not sure that I would necessarilly require it, especially with your logitstical issues. However, I would want to know what their stance and ideas are on diet, and make sure they at least understand the positive attributes of paleo, even if they dont follow it themselves. I know plenty of people that understand and believe what I am doing is right, but they are fairly fit and like bread and beer so they dont do it themselves. I would be fine with someone like that.

If they believe in a low fat, whole grain diet, politely show them the door.

E639bc85fd42430285596434a6515ad5

(2226)

on August 24, 2011
at 05:54 PM

Well said. A person who understands good nutritional principles is more likely to also understand good exercise principles. So if he appreciates the positive aspects of a paleo diet, that's definitely a plus factor as a personal trainer, IMO. But there are plenty of very good trainers, I'm sure, who haven't put the same effort into understanding nutrition as they have into understanding exercise. So I don't think it's an automatic deal-killer. Just one factor to consider.

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69a2a5deb24d5b8d3aae3d9652fac564

(1020)

on August 24, 2011
at 10:10 PM

I would want my trainer to eat paleo...for his sake not mine. ;)

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Af9537cfa50562b67979624e9007e12a

(1334)

on August 24, 2011
at 06:35 PM

You need this guy (I know he is not near you however) maybe not eat exactly like me, but better damn well have less bodyfat and be stronger than me, otherwise what is to aspire to?

AL Kavadlo

218f4d92627e4289cc81178fce5b4d00

on August 25, 2011
at 09:51 AM

+1 Al is the man or Erwan.

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65430e39d7e9e9322718d016fe668051

(2944)

on August 24, 2011
at 06:05 PM

I had an amazing trainer but then he moved back to the mainland. The rest (at 24, pretty sure they pick random muscley people off the street and hand them a "Trainer" shirt) eat McDonalds and Taco Bell IN PLAIN SIGHT. Makes me so mad. I had one (of many, because they suck) trainer there who majored in nutrition and I told him I eat paleo. He said it's not feasible to do for most people and that you really gotta get the ratios right. Dumbass. I had another at another gym here who ate paleoish but he just did easy prissy exercises with me. A good trainer is hard to find, I'd look for more independent people vs gyms. a lot of people promote on craigs list and places like that, you may have better luck there or a bulletin at your health food store.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on August 24, 2011
at 07:27 PM

I know good trainers are SO HARD to find! I had the best trainer I have ever had, but he's changed his schedule so that my 5:30am does not work for him anymore. It was a better business decision for him and I understand that. I just can't seem to find anyone else suitable after having the best. He is willing to write workouts for me, but I do better with someone in person watching my form and pushing me.

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3432683fc74c2d2a40efe1e8f16ac1f6

(1130)

on August 25, 2011
at 09:13 AM

I live in an area which Western media like to call "Eastern Europe," and here it is not that usual that one has a personal trainer. I don't want to troll, just being curious - why exactly one needs a personal trainer? (with the exception than one is a professional athlete). Isn't it enough to just adopt some paleo-compatible fitness program available online and follow it?

218f4d92627e4289cc81178fce5b4d00

on August 25, 2011
at 10:02 AM

coming from NZ I always found it a little odd too, only really rich people had personal trainers. Each to their own. You could say it's part of the culture? having therapists, counselors, psychiatrists, personal trainers. Over analyzing our lives when getting back to basics - " Anchestral health" should by it's virtue be moving away from that line of thinking?

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on August 25, 2011
at 06:37 PM

I can't even PAY anyone to work out with me at 5am, let alone join me just for my dazzling company. :)

218f4d92627e4289cc81178fce5b4d00

on August 25, 2011
at 01:47 PM

true, but another option is to have a work out partner, you can keep eachother accountable. I was lucky at University when I first got into weights, one of my friends was a experienced, knowledgeable and pushed me hard - I learned a lot and I encouraged him to work out more. Everybody won.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on August 25, 2011
at 12:02 PM

For me, it helps keep me accountable. When the only person I am disappointing is myself, hitting the snooze is much easier. Also, with certain exercises I like to have someone watching my form.

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F4d04667059bc682540fdfd8b40f13a7

on August 25, 2011
at 01:09 AM

Mine isn't Paleo... yet. But he completely gets my goals and I have gained more strength and fitness training with him than I would anyone else.

So many PT's seem convinced by CW - however, mine is open minded and very interested in everything I've been learning about Paleo. This open mindeness along with my results - is leading to a Paleo PT in the making!

I think finding an open minded PT is the key!

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095ef76482234d3db444b77d7ed01c29

(2755)

on August 24, 2011
at 09:52 PM

More important than what they eat is what they know...and the results they can give you. I eat a rather high fat, moderate protein, low carb diet for 5 days then carb load...sometimes even having a cheat meal that would make most paleo folks cringe... and it gives me the results I want, a high level of fitness and lean muscle gains without the added fat...

Most of my clients are wanting to burn fat so the diets I give them don't look anything at all like mine... and my clients who want to gain muscle eat similar to me... and others are on a grain fed human diet... what I eat and what they eat is unrelated...the results I give them are what's important.

That would be why one of my client's physicians told her, "he's very unconventional, I don't know how it all works, but go to him...he will rehab you better than your physical therapist and give you the results you want." Why? Because we aren't all the same and your trainer has to know that.

So once more... don't worry about what they eat... worry about what they know.

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(20378)

on August 24, 2011
at 07:09 PM

I would go paleo if possible.

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306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

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on August 24, 2011
at 05:44 PM

Prefer, sure. Best to have them on the same page, and if they're more experienced/knowledgeable than I am in that respect and can offer guidance, all the better. But it wouldn't be a dealbreaker as long as they were respectful of my dietary choices.

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