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Re: [quantifiedself-toronto] QS and personal trainers

From: Eric B.
Sent on: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 10:43 AM

I've been doing this kind of thing for the last four months.  I had a 
personal trainer for 9 sessions (lasted about a month), and I got a lot 
of value (I didn't have much experience in the gym, so I needed a lot of 
guidance), but I do agree that he wanted me to follow his program 
without fail.

Since the sessions I've been varying some of the parameters in the 
program and seeing how it impacts my strength and weight gains.  It 
takes quite a while to know if a change was good or bad, but I can tell 
you: it looks like my fist major change was for the worse, not for the 
better.  So I'm now (partially) reversing it... and yeah, in a few years 
I'll be an expert, but in the meantime I have a suspicion that the 
trainers actually know what they are talking about for the most part.

Have you read "Four-Hour Body" by Timothy Ferris?

I may present on my experimentation again at the next meeting, it's been 
awhile since I gave an update.  Next meeting January 19th - I'll put the 
meetup page up sometime soon.


On 12/6/11 8:56 PM, Michael Nielsen wrote:
> Hi all,
> Just wondering if anyone on list has any experience with good personal
> trainers in Toronto who take (or are friendly to) a data-driven / QS-style
> approach to personal training?  My experience with physios, trainers and
> so on in the past has been that many of them take a "my way or the
> highway" approach, which I'm not so keen on, and so I'd like to know of
> people with a more data-driven approach.
> Thanks,
> Michael

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