Perhaps you should ask him/her about circuit training. Circuit traing is a great way to lose alittle weight as well as prepare your muscles for a heavier regimen of weight training that is to come. But foremost .. You should convey your goals to your trainer and tell him/her what you are hoping to accomplish in the gym. If he is not willing to change your routine for you, Thank him and find someone else( Just my opinion). With a wide variety of apperatus avaliable in the gym today it makes no sense to me not to use any of it, even at an early stage of lifting.