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Looking for a personal trainer

Hi all,

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I've decided to bite the bullet and try to find a personal trainer, after 9 months of hoping that the pandemic situation would stabilise enough for me to go back to my regular routine.

Thing is: I don't know if I'll ever want to go back to my regular routine anyway.

How it was, pre-covid: hiking as much as possible during the season, skiing as much as possible during the season, strength/functional training in the gym on a more or less regular basis in between, running when I had to (hate it), biking to/from work, had started bouldering and was enjoying it very much. My workload has started getting out of control in 2019, which together with having 50% custody of a 5th grader made it increasingly difficult to keep as active as I wanted to, but I still managed to keep the weekends active and cram some training on the weeks I didn't have my kid.

How it got under covid: I still hiked a decent bit, but the gym is out since March, same with bouldering, biking to work wasn't really an option when my commute was reduced to the trip from my bed to the sofa, I literally worked myself half to death until October (just started a new job, hurray!), and I still hate running with a passion (and who wants to do something one hates, when life already sucks?). The upcoming ski season likely to be canceled and replaced by winter hiking and snowshoeing,

Beyond the covid-kilos piling up and the fact that I'm seeing my fitness level degrade faster than I like to admit, the lack of movement is having a serious impact on my moods. I literally feel trapped. Looking at the situation pragmatically, it won't improve on this side of summer, and it's becoming clear to me that I can't go on like this for 6 more months (or more).

Now that the problem is described, the solution: based on the assumption that I won't be able to go back to an indoor gym/sports facility until next fall at the earliest, training outside and/or at home seems like the best option. I've tried doing it alone using Sworkit, but 1) I'm not disciplined enough to keep at it over time; 2) I get easily bored; 3) I'm a bit too competitive against myself and ended up injuring my shoulders during the March lockdown while doing my own little crossfit program in the schoolyard... (oups ).

I won't expand (it's not a novel), but the following should help narrow the search: 1) I'm not interested in losing weight or looking great in a bikini, but in getting fitter and stronger (anything else is bonus); 2) hiking/skiing/anything outdoorsy will always remain the main activities, with other training as supporting activity to improve performance and because I work 100% and can't be in the mountains all the time; 3) I prefer to lift heavy and work hard, and I'm definitely more the crossfit/bootcamp than the pilates/yoga type; 4) I'm fluent in French, English and "Scandinavian", and my German is decent (including Swiss German).

I someone out here is looking for clients or has a trainer they can recommend, please pm me. No prize to be won beyond gratitude, although you never know; I might throw in a bottle of red or a home baked cake if I get really enthusiastic.

Thanks!
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Old 29.12.2020, 09:48
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Welcome back Trollemor!
Thank you!

Hoping I can be here a bit more as part of my "getting a life back" project (let's not start betting on the odds of success, I have the tendency to overfill my agenda if there is no responsible adult keeping an eye on things )

Still, nice to be back, even if sporadically.
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Hi all,

Hoping I'm posting in the right section, the MarketPlace didn't feel quite right...

I've decided to bite the bullet and try to find a personal trainer, after 9 months of hoping that the pandemic situation would stabilise enough for me to go back to my regular routine.

Thing is: I don't know if I'll ever want to go back to my regular routine anyway.

How it was, pre-covid: hiking as much as possible during the season, skiing as much as possible during the season, strength/functional training in the gym on a more or less regular basis in between, running when I had to (hate it), biking to/from work, had started bouldering and was enjoying it very much. My workload has started getting out of control in 2019, which together with having 50% custody of a 5th grader made it increasingly difficult to keep as active as I wanted to, but I still managed to keep the weekends active and cram some training on the weeks I didn't have my kid.

How it got under covid: I still hiked a decent bit, but the gym is out since March, same with bouldering, biking to work wasn't really an option when my commute was reduced to the trip from my bed to the sofa, I literally worked myself half to death until October (just started a new job, hurray!), and I still hate running with a passion (and who wants to do something one hates, when life already sucks?). The upcoming ski season likely to be canceled and replaced by winter hiking and snowshoeing,

Beyond the covid-kilos piling up and the fact that I'm seeing my fitness level degrade faster than I like to admit, the lack of movement is having a serious impact on my moods. I literally feel trapped. Looking at the situation pragmatically, it won't improve on this side of summer, and it's becoming clear to me that I can't go on like this for 6 more months (or more).

Now that the problem is described, the solution: based on the assumption that I won't be able to go back to an indoor gym/sports facility until next fall at the earliest, training outside and/or at home seems like the best option. I've tried doing it alone using Sworkit, but 1) I'm not disciplined enough to keep at it over time; 2) I get easily bored; 3) I'm a bit too competitive against myself and ended up injuring my shoulders during the March lockdown while doing my own little crossfit program in the schoolyard... (oups ).

I won't expand (it's not a novel), but the following should help narrow the search: 1) I'm not interested in losing weight or looking great in a bikini, but in getting fitter and stronger (anything else is bonus); 2) hiking/skiing/anything outdoorsy will always remain the main activities, with other training as supporting activity to improve performance and because I work 100% and can't be in the mountains all the time; 3) I prefer to lift heavy and work hard, and I'm definitely more the crossfit/bootcamp than the pilates/yoga type; 4) I'm fluent in French, English and "Scandinavian", and my German is decent (including Swiss German).

I someone out here is looking for clients or has a trainer they can recommend, please pm me. No prize to be won beyond gratitude, although you never know; I might throw in a bottle of red or a home baked cake if I get really enthusiastic.

Thanks!
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Re: Looking for a personal trainer

Not what you asked but just in case and until the right trianer is found.... I use Fitnessblender and their programs (which cost almost nothing).

Perhaps can have a look?

In terms of fitting it in, I have found that training first thing in the morning every day is my way. That means I cannot postpone or negotiate with myself as needs to be done every day.

Good luck in finding the right trainer!
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Hi all,

Hoping I'm posting in the right section, the MarketPlace didn't feel quite right...

I've decided to bite the bullet and try to find a personal trainer, after 9 months of hoping that the pandemic situation would stabilise enough for me to go back to my regular routine.

Thing is: I don't know if I'll ever want to go back to my regular routine anyway.

How it was, pre-covid: hiking as much as possible during the season, skiing as much as possible during the season, strength/functional training in the gym on a more or less regular basis in between, running when I had to (hate it), biking to/from work, had started bouldering and was enjoying it very much. My workload has started getting out of control in 2019, which together with having 50% custody of a 5th grader made it increasingly difficult to keep as active as I wanted to, but I still managed to keep the weekends active and cram some training on the weeks I didn't have my kid.

How it got under covid: I still hiked a decent bit, but the gym is out since March, same with bouldering, biking to work wasn't really an option when my commute was reduced to the trip from my bed to the sofa, I literally worked myself half to death until October (just started a new job, hurray!), and I still hate running with a passion (and who wants to do something one hates, when life already sucks?). The upcoming ski season likely to be canceled and replaced by winter hiking and snowshoeing,

Beyond the covid-kilos piling up and the fact that I'm seeing my fitness level degrade faster than I like to admit, the lack of movement is having a serious impact on my moods. I literally feel trapped. Looking at the situation pragmatically, it won't improve on this side of summer, and it's becoming clear to me that I can't go on like this for 6 more months (or more).

Now that the problem is described, the solution: based on the assumption that I won't be able to go back to an indoor gym/sports facility until next fall at the earliest, training outside and/or at home seems like the best option. I've tried doing it alone using Sworkit, but 1) I'm not disciplined enough to keep at it over time; 2) I get easily bored; 3) I'm a bit too competitive against myself and ended up injuring my shoulders during the March lockdown while doing my own little crossfit program in the schoolyard... (oups ).

I won't expand (it's not a novel), but the following should help narrow the search: 1) I'm not interested in losing weight or looking great in a bikini, but in getting fitter and stronger (anything else is bonus); 2) hiking/skiing/anything outdoorsy will always remain the main activities, with other training as supporting activity to improve performance and because I work 100% and can't be in the mountains all the time; 3) I prefer to lift heavy and work hard, and I'm definitely more the crossfit/bootcamp than the pilates/yoga type; 4) I'm fluent in French, English and "Scandinavian", and my German is decent (including Swiss German).

I someone out here is looking for clients or has a trainer they can recommend, please pm me. No prize to be won beyond gratitude, although you never know; I might throw in a bottle of red or a home baked cake if I get really enthusiastic.

Thanks!
I cannot recommend any personal trainer but having distilled your post down to the bolded section I do have a couple of recommendations.

To get fitter fast I can recommend HIIT (high intensity interval training). Hill sprints are excellent for this but you hate running so on the bicycle is a good alternative although you need to be careful doing this on the road. If by chance you have access to a rowing machine then this is also fantastic. I like to use a prowler (sled with weights) in the gym but that's not possible right now. You can vary the intervals as you like but I suggest aiming for 20-30 second bursts at 95-98%+ effort with circa 30-60 secs recovery (you should not recover fully between sets. This has the added benefit of increasing EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption) so you may find that you lose weight if you maintain the same calorie intake. In addition your endocrine system should improve resulting in a better sense of wellbeing.

To get stronger will be more challenging without the correct stimulus and no gym makes this very hard. I'm currently maintaining my strength levels training in a calisthenics area in the park. I use my girlfriend wearing a weighted backpack on my shoulders as a weight for things like single-leg squats and Bulgarian split squats. I use the weighted backpack for pull-up variations and dips etc. Effective but sub-optimal.

Hopefully this gives you some ideas.

One caveat: please consult a professional if you have a heart condition or other underlying health concerns and please note that this is not professional advice for which I can be held liable.
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Not what you asked but just in case and until the right trianer is found.... I use Fitnessblender and their programs (which cost almost nothing).

Perhaps can have a look?

In terms of fitting it in, I have found that training first thing in the morning every day is my way. That means I cannot postpone or negotiate with myself as needs to be done every day.

Good luck in finding the right trainer!
I'm with this .. 6am Crossfit session.. no excuses, it's done and out of the way.

In terms of being open .. My place adapted to whatever the rule changes were.. We went outside under little gazebo things at one point, we went back in with masks, we created 15sqm personal space.. and when all 'collective training' got banned we changed to individual training - no coach, do our own thing..
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Not what you asked but just in case and until the right trianer is found.... I use Fitnessblender and their programs (which cost almost nothing).
Seconding Fitnessblender --> they have hundreds of videos that are completely free, which you can use until you decide to buy a program. The videos are easily sortable/searchable with difficultly level, equipment, body focus, training type, time and lots of other options.
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Re: Looking for a personal trainer

I understand you so well - my fitness is completely out of whack after being taken away from my normal routines / resources.

I've just started hitting the fitness hard at home and have found the following great resources for working out at home.

Peloton - app with numerous classes for a variety of different workouts - I use mine on my Apple TV. It is worth every penny:

https://www.onepeloton.com/app

Sydney Cummings - free YouTube workouts that are excellent!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVQ...7It_pEv6tn-jdA

If you really want to hire a personal trainer, this guy is a mate of mine and is very good - I am not sure if he is taking clients virtually...but worth a shot - you can also contact him directly at Indigo Fitness Basel - I know they offer trainings for people who aren't gym members:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/gian-godenzi-874b34b7/

Here's to a better us in 2021! Good luck!
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Ryan Farrelly

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Hi Trollemor,

Have you thought of taking up running? I just go running in the nearby forest. I have a few different routes worked out that I can alternate to stop it getting stale.

Our nearby woods has a finnenbahn - an 800m track laid with wood chippings - sometimes I jog there from home and do intervals. I found an app which allows one to programme in intervals and an audio coach telling you “fast”, “slow” etc.

The finnenbahn also has some exercise stations similar to the Vita Parcours which I sometimes do. Also for overall fitness I found some circuit training plans on the Royal Marines’ website designed for lads and lasses planning to do the fitness assessment for selection. All exercises you can do it home with minimal equipment.

Maybe some of these ideas help.

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She said she doesn't like running. Although, the marines might change her mind

I never like running before I go. I love it when I'm done.
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There is running and there is running. Some friends (living in UK, and Australia) and I do Endomondo challenges (we’ll have to change to another platform as Endomondo is being decommed soon) to get ourselves motivated.

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I never like running before I go. I love it when I'm done.
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I hate running. With a passion. Actually not 100% true: what I don’t like is running at a pace which I could sustain over time, because I get incredibly bored. Seriously bored. The “I’d rather slash my veins than do this 1 minute longer” kind of bored. Forget runner’s high, I get runners’ down from anything that looks like a controlled run.

What I can do is: take the bus to the end of the line where I live, put some heavy metal on and run back home in the forest at the fastest speed I can manage. It’s about 5 km, for the most part slightly downhill (so I can keep a speed that is compatible with my hatred of “smart” running), asphalt only in the last stretch. At every bench I do push-ups/sit-ups/tricep dips. Gives me the chance to catch my breath while pretending to be fit. A bit before the end, there’s a 100 m long flight of stairs which I can’t run up, but it’s steep enough that I can walk it and keep my pride intact.

Back when I was fit, I could run that stretch (without the stairs, taking an alternative route) in 30 minutes, without taking any bench breaks. Now I need about 40-45 minutes. What bothers me he most is that I used to not dislike it and actually feel good about it, but now that it’s all I have left as a training alternative, I’ve started disliking it and finding it boring and depressing too.

Hence the need for a trainer. Someone who will push me but also make sure that I don’t injure myself trying to go too fast. It’s quite depressing, pre-COVID I could deadlift 100 kg (and that was already not as good as before I started working in 2018) and I didn’t have to think about my fitness level when planning a hike. Fast forward to January 2021, I gained 10kg, I haven’t seen a weight room in months and last September’s hiking vacation was an eye opener with regards to my ability to hike long stretches with significant climbs while carrying 2 weeks of luggage and reading material on my back.

I’ve ordered snowshoes, booked a ski touring course, and just got back from 3 days of (easy) winter hiking, but none of this will be enough to get back to at least my pre-COVID fitness level, preferably back to pre-2019 (when the great Life Derailment started on my end). If it wasn’t for the pandemic, I wouldn’t mind going to the gym; for a number of reasons (rational and irrational), I have a strong preference for staying outside.

I have a Sworkit subscription, btw. It’s not bad, but I miss human contact and a minimum of “tailor made to suit the individual”. There’s nobody to poke fun at me when I swear because I can’t do something, or to stop me from doing something I’m not ready for (but which I could do before, which find super annoying).

I used to be very self-reliant, but 2020 was tough on a number of levels, with the pandemic being only 1 of many challenges, and things on my end will get worse before they get better in 2021-22. My willpower and my ability to push myself are currently used in other areas where I can’t let my guard down if I want to avoid a complete catastrophe, hence the plan to get support in the fitness department: that way I can 1) take care of myself a minimum; 2) rely on external support where it’s possible, to preserve my energy for where it’s not.

Thanks for the advice though, it may even get me to go running today!

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Hi Trollemor,

Have you thought of taking up running? I just go running in the nearby forest. I have a few different routes worked out that I can alternate to stop it getting stale.

Our nearby woods has a finnenbahn - an 800m track laid with wood chippings - sometimes I jog there from home and do intervals. I found an app which allows one to programme in intervals and an audio coach telling you “fast”, “slow” etc.

The finnenbahn also has some exercise stations similar to the Vita Parcours which I sometimes do. Also for overall fitness I found some circuit training plans on the Royal Marines’ website designed for lads and lasses planning to do the fitness assessment for selection. All exercises you can do it home with minimal equipment.

Maybe some of these ideas help.

Cheers,
Nick
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Thanks everyone for the advice, just that is actually a bit motivating.

I will investigate every suggestion, with the exception of anything involving home equipment. One day, I want to have space for a home gym (I dream of a barn where I could fit a bouldering wall!); right now I can fit a gym mat on my living room floor, but I need to plan the angle carefully if an exercise requires me to lie down with my arms stretched to both sides, and I can’t use my TRX straps in my flat unless I invade my son’s bedroom...

(TRX training with Legos all over the floor: that must count as extreme sports???)
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Trollemoor I think it's great that you are looking to get back in shape and I can only share my experienced from the last 12 months. There is TONS of stuff you can do at home to keep in shape... it can do much of what a gym does. I have never been in better physical shape as a result of natural bodyweight exercises, I look better than I did when I was going to the gym regularly a decade ago. Over the last 12 months I have slowly and patiently built hard-packed muscle and developed a lot of additional functional strength in my upper body, as opposed to the bloated, watery muscle I used to build in a very imbalanced way by going to the gym and taking supplements. I combined it with a lot of tough hiking, regular afternoon walks up the Uetliberg and some hill sprints for the legs.

In terms of diet I have just been eating a healthy balanced one, usually 3 meals per day with oats or omelette for breakfast followed by for example chicken, fish and mixed vegetables etc for lunch and dinner.

I can really recommend this Youtube channel, Calisthenicmovement https://www.youtube.com/user/Calisthenicmovement/videos

They provide a VERY clear and concise explanation of what exercises you can do at home that target the various muscle groups and even have numerous videos with workout routines you can do. Examples:

It seems like you have had a really tough time in the last year and I am sorry to hear that, but the tools to stay fit are there at your disposal and during tough times like this, especially during a pseudo-lockdown situation, it is critical to maintain your fitness using whatever means are at your disposal.

I understand a personal trainer helps to get over the initial hurdle of low motivation, but you don't need one and the toughest part is just getting over the initial psychological barrier within the first week of starting. Stick with it and then it soon becomes routine and a lot easier.

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To get fitter fast I can recommend HIIT (high intensity interval training). Hill sprints are excellent for this but you hate running so on the bicycle is a good alternative although you need to be careful doing this on the road.
I also hate running (as in, jogging) but I love hill sprints because it is not tedious like running long distances. Hill sprints really promote cardio fitness and really help to build muscle and power in your legs without the wear and tear on our joints that you get from running regularly.

The first few initial times will kill you but the important thing is not to overtrain the first few times because the tortured muscles in your legs WILL turn you into John Wayne if you do. I could hardly walk for a week the first time I did them as I did a bit too much without realising. Lesson learnt.

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I do Pilates and Gyrokinesis, both beautiful and intelligent movement methods that can be done at home. I do it every day and shudder at the thought of what my life would feel like in these times without them.
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I hate running long distance too - it is a bit too cold for it now, but I love going to the local track and mixing sprints/calisthenics with other body weight exercises and stretches. You can be outdoors in a controlled setting and get a very good workout in. I also put the heavy metal on and can get in the zone... (Master of Puppets is my number one workout song.)
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Re: Looking for a personal trainer

Have you tried parcours?

https://www.zurichvitaparcours.ch

If you like the outdoors they are great.

Your other outdoor fitness preferences should not be impacted by covid. There's still plenty of skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, x-country skiing to be had. Take up randonnee, and that will get you in shape very quickly.
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Re: Looking for a personal trainer

I combine EMOM, with bulgarian bag training and resistance bands. granted my workout is more specific than most due to hobby sports, but it is what's available.

I hate working out at home so i can't wait for all this to be over.

for casuals, darebee workouts seem fun and varied.
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