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I've always weighed 125. In my 40s & now my 50s I am 35 lbs. heavier. I'm into health, nutrition and exercising. Last month I even joined a gym, met with a personal trainer who has me doing various machines & cardio. I still have not lost weight & have a muffin top that won't go away. 

I am glad you joined a gym and hired a personal trainer. I am also very glad that you wrote in, however, this question is really one for your trainer. Please let your trainer know exactly what you are eating by keeping a very accurate food journal along with an accurate schedule of your workouts. The more information your trainer has about what you are doing and how you are doing it will help that trainer help you. Also remember, it took time to gain the weight, it will take time and a commitment to a lifestyle change (both exercise AND diet) to take that weight off.


I have been reading your blog and really like it! I have the opposite problem that most people seem to have. I can’t gain weight and if I am not careful, I lose weight! I am an avid road biker and spin regularly as well as doing other cardio. I eat plenty plus I eat bars, sports drinks and power snacks when I bike and run. What can I do to gain muscle or at least keep what I have?

You are burning more calories than you are consuming due to your very high level of activity. Sports bars, drinks and snacks aren’t always the best form of nutrition so while you may be getting calories, you may not be getting the nutrition your body needs to build muscle and to retain mass. Also you are definitely burning through most of those calories. There are a few quick ideas you can try short of getting a full metabolic assessment (which I would recommend). One thing to consider is to try adding just a bit more protein to your meals and snacks in addition to what you are eating and see if that helps. A great way to add protein is to supplement sports bars with beef, chicken or turkey jerky. Since the commercial stuff is full of nitrates, make your own using a food dehydrator. It is pretty easy to do and makes great jerky.  Also trail mix that has nuts and fruit in it is an excellent snack to keep you going when you’re out on the road. The other thing you might do is lift weights using fairly heavy weight. You want to do 4-6 reps to fatigue, lifting fewer reps with challenging weight.  A trainer may be helpful to show you what you can lift, help you to do it correctly and to focus on areas where you want to gain mass. Also the trainer could act as a spotter.

Becoming aware of your food intake is important too. You would benefit from writing down everything you eat to see how many calories you are taking in. You will also want to eat quite often, like 4 to 6 times a day.

I would recommend hiring a personal trainer and discuss with them having a full metabolic profile done so you know how many calories you need a day to maintain your weight, or to gain mass if that is your goal.


I workout a few days a week with a friend that knows a lot about workouts and I take classes on other days. The club I belong to is constantly pushing personal training on me. Should I spend more money to have a trainer when I already workout with my friend and take classes?

Personal trainers are professionals in their field.  They generally have a college degree in some kind of exercise science or in kinesiology and many go on to specialize further in more specific fields like sports, nutrition, and specific age group training.  Along with their education, all of them carry certifications and keep them current.  They know exactly how the body works and what it takes to get in shape and keep in shape.  It’s great that you work out with a friend, however are they a qualified personal trainer?  You want someone that specializes in their field for whatever you are asking – think about it:

  • Would you want a personal trainer to sell your house? Or would you want a real estate agent to do it?
  • When you want a legal agreement written up, do you pay to have a lawyer do it? Or do you go to a friend that has no legal training to have it done for free?

My guess is you are a professional in your field and you want to be compensated for your knowledge and skills too.  You wouldn’t want someone to ask a friend that doesn’t have that skill to do something that is your specialty.

If you want better results from your workouts, pay a personal trainer to show you exercises and routines that will get you the specific results you want.  You are worth it! As a fitness instructor and personal trainer myself, I see friends that work out together and I know they mean well.  However, I cannot tell you how many times I see friends instructing friends with poor form, bad technique and outright dangerous routines.  This is because their friend may think they know what they are doing when in fact, they aren’t qualified or educated in the science of exercise.  This is also how a lot of workout and nutrition myths get started and perpetuate.  Since you and your friend enjoy working out together, inquire if a personal trainer will work with both of you.  That way the two of you can still work out together, plus you will receive expert coaching and tips. You can get the results you really want and you and your friend can share the cost.