I’m at the gym day in and day out – often twice a day – and I see so many people making the same mistake: paying a personal trainer. Now I’m not saying there’s no logical scenario where a personal trainer makes sense – just more often than not it’s only a temporary fix – for a fee.

I see women doing all these odd ball exercises that they’ll never do again once they reach their goal. Basically things that are awkward and difficult to do. The problem with this is that unless you commit to doing these types of exercises for the rest of your life, you’re going to gain all the weight back once you stop.

The solution is not to pay somebody who’s going to charge you money to lose weight, than charge you again after you’ve gained it all back – again and again and again. But to find exercises that you can do consistently and comfortably for the rest of your life.

I love weight lifting – so I’ll have no trouble staying comitted to doing it for as long as my body allows me to. I’ve been lifting for 22 years (I only got serious this past October). The cardio training (the area most personal trainers appear best at) was my problem. However, I’ve found the treadmill easy enough to do on a daily basis (often twice a day).

So when I eventually reach my goal, maintaining will be easy since I’m not going to give up the routine that brought me success. Whereas everyone doing these obviously unusually uncomfortable, awkward exercises will celebrate when they can finally stop and leave that misery in the past. Big mistake.

Now some of you ladies may love the personal trainers. They ALWAYS give you that “touchy, feely” attention that your husband stopped giving you a long time ago. If you’re at least half way decent, they’ll take every opportunity to grab you and/or “assist” you in your efforts – innocently, of course (insert halo here).

If they DON’T touch you, than they’re either gay or you have a lot of work to do. And you can take that to the bank, ma’am.

Don’t make this mistake while losing weight

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