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Anyone have a membership and use their trainers? Any good? I am in terrible shape and need help BAD. Willing to give them a shot if the overall experiences from folks are positive.

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I used to go there, though I don't use a personal trainer. Do you need someone to help you plan your workout or more for motivation?
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I used to go there, though I don't use a personal trainer. Do you need someone to help you plan your workout or more for motivation?
Both, actually. When I worked out at Barton Gym, I had a hot female trainer. That gave me a lot of motivation but she was also extremely good at getting me into a good routine. Now, I have gotten busy with work and a little lazy in the gym. I need to be reevaluated and guided into a new routine. Initially I will need a lot of help but then can taper off and just do evaluations every-couple-of weeks.

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Step 1 would be setting some specific goals that you want to attain. Getting "in shape" is not a very good goal.

Step 2 would be self motivation and the desire to attain those goals (and beyond). If the only way you can get to the gym is if you have a P.T. than you will most likely loose the drive after you no longer seek to pay for the P.T.

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K2 has a point. Any trainer is going to ask you what your goals are. If you simply tell them I want to get in shape, they are in turn going to assign you goals - amount of weight loss, amount of body fat loss, etc.
PT's now get paid for a group of lessons and not individually as you show up. This normally ensures your appearance and does not waste their time - this was the norm when I was at Gold's anyway.

XSport's are the old Powerhouse Gyms. Their location in Lombard has some good trainers. I know of a trainer that is local to you. She was a former Bally's trainer. She is a ball buster though. I could see if she is willing to be hired out. Most gyms let other trainers come in for $15 - 25 per day as long as they are with a client - but some do not. Check with XSport and let me know if you are interested - I'll call her.

Set a goal - a realistic goal - and go with it. Once you reach that goal and feel you are not satisfied with "yourself" yet, then continue on. Little by little you will attain exactly what you are aiming for.

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It's too bad you are so far away...I might have talked myself into joining up with you.
I am getting ready to join xsport, let me know if you want to join too. A workout partner makes it much easier to lift hard then when by yourself.

I was gonna go to prolly the one in downers grove and in naperville.

You don't really need a trainer. I'll give you one of my hybrid workouts that I use. Used for cutting fat but adding lean muscle.

got two different ones. Are you looking to pack muscle or just get toned?

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Step 1 would be setting some specific goals that you want to attain. Getting "in shape" is not a very good goal.

Step 2 would be self motivation and the desire to attain those goals (and beyond). If the only way you can get to the gym is if you have a P.T. than you will most likely loose the drive after you no longer seek to pay for the P.T.
+1

It's not rocket science. Intake less calories than you burn. 30-45 minutes on the elliptical 3-4 times a week will do wonders, but losing weight is mostly in your diet.

I've lost 73lbs since last October and I am in the best 'shape' of my life. But I continue to eat right and hit the gym 5-6 times a week.

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I used the xsport off of golf in AH in the past. I really liked it. If you just want weights and some cardio it's a great price for a gym. I paid $240 for 15 months. I never used the trainers, but there are a ton of hot girl ones. THey don't have a pool or raquette ball courts or things like that so if you want that, go somewhere else.

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I used the xsport off of golf in AH in the past. I really liked it. If you just want weights and some cardio it's a great price for a gym. I paid $240 for 15 months. I never used the trainers, but there are a ton of hot girl ones. THey don't have a pool or raquette ball courts or things like that so if you want that, go somewhere else.
GTFO! I pay $20/mo for Bally's. Is there a start up fee @ XSport?

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There is no startup fee at xsport. That rate may have changed, but I'm not sure. Also know you can kind of negotiate with xsport. Ask for specials going on.

You do have to sign a contract, it's not month to month.

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+1

It's not rocket science. Intake less calories than you burn. 30-45 minutes on the elliptical 3-4 times a week will do wonders, but losing weight is mostly in your diet.

I've lost 73lbs since last October and I am in the best 'shape' of my life. But I continue to eat right and hit the gym 5-6 times a week.

Damn dude...73lbs! That's like a whole Back Street Boy!

Congrats!

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The trainers are hit or miss. Don't be shy about asking for a new one if you get one that's so-so. Usually, but not always...Most “good” trainers will not work at the big health clubs for very long. They will build a list of clients, open their own gym, or go to a higher end club or smaller gym. When you want to break into training, you go to the big places that will pay you less but train you. This doesn’t mean there are no good trainers…you just need to sometimes search for them and be able to tell the difference between the ones who are putting on a crappy sales pitch vs someone who’s a truly good trainer.
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There is no startup fee at xsport. That rate may have changed, but I'm not sure. Also know you can kind of negotiate with xsport. Ask for specials going on.

You do have to sign a contract, it's not month to month.
Yes, there is a startup fee at xsport. It's like $100 or $120 usually.

But every couple months they have specials where you can sign up a family member for a $20 startup or something like that. Most recent one was "sign up a roommate or relative for $1" but that has ended. I'm sure in a month or two they will have an end of summer special.
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There is no startup fee at xsport. That rate may have changed, but I'm not sure. Also know you can kind of negotiate with xsport. Ask for specials going on.

You do have to sign a contract, it's not month to month.
If signing a contract means paying $240 for 15 months than I'ma hump that deal like Mopar does a YWB

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The gym is what you make of it. It is not the end all though. You should modify your diet first, start dropping some pounds that way, then working out will have more effect, and will seem more rewarding. If you keep on eating a gazillion fat calories a day, you would need to work out 24/7 to even try to combat it

Seattle Sutton is a great place to start. They make all your breakfasts, lunches and dinners for the week. It is what you should be eating, and they do all of the calorie counting for you. There are a couple other meal plans out there that will also make eating right easier, but I am most familiar with Seattle.
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If signing a contract means paying $240 for 15 months than I'ma hump that deal like Mopar does a YWB
There is absolutely zero negotiating with xsport. Believe me, I went from club to club, walked out of doors, offered to recruit others, and tried every trick in the book. Even asked about the professional rates they offer since I'm a trainer. They said since I'm a trainer they could give me some free tanning...whoopie. If they have a special going on then you can get that, otherwise you pay their regular rate. But on the plus side, doing the roommate sign up is easy, you just need to know someone who's a member and send yourself a blank envelope to your friends address and bring that in as proof..they do not check your license. Right now you can sign up for probably around $550 for 15 months...that's approximate, but that's their regular rate.

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Wow, thanks gang. Good advice. Diet is my worst enemy. I need to start there. i also don't eat regularly and in small amounts throughout the day so my metabolism sucks right now.

My goal is to lose the gut and get a little toned. I just want to feel good, you know? I like Barton Gym's slogan, "Look better naked." That's about what I am looking for. I want to stand in the mirror and think to myself, "I am a leaner, meaner John Travolta." LOL

Motivation: Yah. I knew that would be rough on me. I have the mental will to WANT to do it, but my body and laziness say, "wait until later..."

I already have a membership. Paid for like 15 months up front. I haven't used it much but REALLY want to get this going NOW. I am sick of eating like shit and not doing anything to take care of myself physically.

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I'll join the place if they have a deal/promo going. Bally's gets me everything I need aside from the hours that they operate as my schedule is somewhat restrictive.

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Do you go to Arlington Heights North or South? I go to North the one on Dundee. Its a cool gym, been going there for 3 years. There is a pretty good "community" there. As in a lot of the regulars know the other regulars and are always there to motivate one another.

As far as the trainers there, I have seen about all of them with clients, there are some better ones then others. There are two newish girl trainers that are pretty cute who could give you come motivation. But in the end, you have to want it. That is what keeps me going to the gym day in and day out.

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Step 1 would be setting some specific goals that you want to attain. Getting "in shape" is not a very good goal.

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Being self-motivated is the only way to make a change. If you rely on somebody else you might not meet your goal. It is OK to seek advice and help, but rely on yourself to achieve your goal. Typically with a regular workout partner you both only go when both want to. If one or the other doesn't then the other will agree and you go about half the time.

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Being self-motivated is the only way to make a change. If you rely on somebody else you might not meet your goal. It is OK to seek advice and help, but rely on yourself to achieve your goal. Typically with a regular workout partner you both only go when both want to. If one or the other doesn't then the other will agree and you go about half the time.
Getting a trainer is sometimes the self motivation or help at least. Some of my clients like me because I'm a tough (and hopefully good) trainer. I can push them right to the breaking point, give a great variety of exercises and so on. Some know they need the workout, want to do it, but simply won't do it on their own, or at least won't do it as effectively. Hunny has worked out with me a number of times and I have no doubt that she will tell you that when she goes with me, I push her well beyond what she would normally do on her own. It's not even an issue of going vs not, but of how far and how hard you push yourself. And there's quite a number of people who will go and not go to the levels to which they should...that's where a lot of trainers come in. It let's you not worry about the exercises or levels, but to get in there and do the actual work. A trainer is not the A-Z solution, but can be a big stepping stone to assist.
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Do you go to Arlington Heights North or South? I go to North the one on Dundee.
That's the one I go to - in the same mall as the theatre and Khols. One of the better XSports other than the one on North Ave in Chicago. I also hit the one in Niles on Milwaukee Ave since I pass it every day.

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Muskrat and I joined up at XSport last month. I go to the Naperville and Downers Grove locations. I absolutely love it there. The personal tv at every cardio machine is a huge help for me.

As far as eye candy, if that helps ya workout, there are usually some good or very good looking girls there. I can usually find one that I look at to motivate me a little when I'm debating on ending my workout early. (I just look and tell myself, "No..keep going because I want abs/arms/whatever like she has!")

I know Vicky on here uses a femal personal trainer at XSport and she's raved about her and likes her.

Naperville and Downers Grove locations both have the nice pool, hot tub, sauna too.

I say do it! Try a oersonal trainer out for a few weeks if you want, just to kickstart your motivation. But even if you dont use one or you use one for a short period of time....keep going to workout.
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