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    HELP*** Looking for a mentor, coach, PT

    Hey Guys,

    I am fairly new to this fitness scene and completely in the unknown when it comes to it. At the moment, I am completely out of shape, and its effecting me physically as well as my mental health

    Essentially what I am looking for is someone around the Northern Ireland/Ireland area that is knowledgeable and is wanting to essentially help someone change their lifestyle and improve their mental health via PT/Coach long term.

    Hoping to find some good advice and direction of this and their is so many PTs, and its hard to choose.

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    Thank you!
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    If you are willing to pay for a coach, I'm sure someone will be in touch.

    However, just to let you know that you can do this yourself for free with a bit of reading and some help from the people on the forum.

    Read the "sticky" threads at the top of the Workout Programs, Exercises and Nutrition forums for startoff. It's not as difficult as you might imagine to get started... the key is to focus on the basics like following a well known routine without changing stuff around. Count calories and grams of protein - that's 99% of it right there. Aim to be either in a deficit for fat loss or a very slight surplus for muscle gain.
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    I've had 2 trainers. Do not just try to find a trainer. It is critical to find one who shares your goals for you.

    Do not tell your trainer your goals when you first meet. You can tell them a few minutes later, after you ask your trainer what his or her goals are for you. If they dodge the question by saying it depends on your goals, make them prove it by giving examples of different workout and warmup styles they have had clients use. Make them get specific. Ask them what physical recreation they do.

    If you are truly clueless, you might just have to state your goals and then let them decide what program to give you.

    In my cases, my orientation manager just jotted down that I wanted to lose fat and gain muscle. No notes taken that re-injury prevention was my stated top priority. One of my trainers does football drills as his client program. He figured that his drills would tend to build muscle and burn fat. Many trainers will rationalize their programs that way.

    After you state your goals, ask them to read back the notes they took about that and explain how their program will meet your goals.

    Some trainers are flexible to your needs, but many have their favorite exercises they like to use on everyone. My second trainer re-injured my lower back with one of his explosive full body triceps thrust movements. I recognized it was prep for throwing a football, but did not see the danger in time or realize we should have built up to it. Now I have to take several days off or find exercises that work around that. Hint: machine exercises. And most trainers loath machines.


    Also beware of trainers who overcame injuries. Some understand recovery, but others assume that what worked for them must work for you too.



    In your case, some sports might be more interesting to you than others. Or you might have to try one to know. You can stay more motivated if you know what you are working towards and that it is something you enjoy. There are people who find gym cardio or weight lifting boring. You might do better with someone who teaches basketball or karate. I don't get bored, so I prefer gyms, for the controlled environment.
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