the main reason to get a PT is to have him correct your form. this requires the PT to be capable of coaching the barbell lifts properly, and the vast majority of them aren't trained for that. if you do find one then sure, give him his money. having someone correct your form is well worth it. it gives you better progress in the long run and avoids injuries.
There's a big circlejerk on /fit/ around PTs and how shit they are. The majority are shit. The ones you see in most chain gyms barely qualify to be PTs, create bullshit programs, can't give you the reasoning and science behind what they train you to do and could cause you more harm than good.
I have a PT and he's been a big help. He's helped me loads with proper form and gives me lots of advice around training in general. The 3 months I've been training with him I've improved more than the 6 months before doing SL. Having said that my PT loves lifting and competes as an olympic lifter. He also studied human biology in university and has qualifications in physiotherapy. Some of his clients are old women/old men who he's helping to regain movement after accidents, some are bodybuilders, some are olympic lifters and some are powerlifters. The best thing to do is look around, look for someone with a good personality who is educated and actually interested in helping you train. Sit down with them first and talk about your goals and how they can help. I pay £35 a session but considering I would only be pissing the money away on plastic figures or video games it's better to learn something you'll use for life.
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