Can You Really Afford A Personal Trainer
However training with a personal trainer costs more than a gym membership and that puts a lot of people off...especially when people are still wary of living beyond their needs since the recession.
But can you really afford a personal trainer?
My answer would be sure! Why not? But what type of training is going to be best for you…?
Personal Training can range from £10-£60 in the North East where I am based. Personal training can be expensive but it can also be very good value if you don’t waste the knowledge and training you are going to be given. You have to give it your all, 100% effort and dedication. Otherwise you might as well give the training your money for nothing! If you have to make some kind of effort or sacrifice for your training, it will have much more of a value to you.
But how do you know whether you are getting value for money? If a personal training is advertising his/her services for £10, surely that is good? Or do you get what you pay for?
It could be cheap because the trainer is new and just trying to build a client base (we’ve all been there!). Or if they are established, it could be that they are losing clients and trying to get more with a cheap deal. So do your research to find out about the trainer and their history. Don’t be afraid to ask why it’s so cheap.
On the reverse of the coin, if it is really expensive, but you think that’s the best trainer for you, check out their credentials. It may be that they do specialist training which may not fit in with your needs or your goals. Therefore you might end up paying for a really expensive trainer for the sake of it, and not getting value for money if it’s not the type of training best suited for your goals and abilities.
Personal training can be excellent value in that it can help you meet your goals at a quicker pace. And you should be learning all the time so that if you find you don’t need your trainer’s support as much, you will have the tools to go it alone.
Can group training be better value? Well that really depends. With group training you do not get the total focus on your needs, goals and a bespoke training plan. I don't offer anything but one-to-one personal training because if you need that focussed support and attention, then that should be what you get. I think it's a bit of a kop out when trainers call that group training “group personal training” because there is nothing personal about it as you may only get 10 minutes with your trainer that whole time. You might as well be in a class.
Now that doesn't mean that I don't do group tutorial courses because quite frankly for beginners in weight lifting they can support and learn from each other. But I don't market it as anything but group training. My prices reflect this and that is what they get. This may be for you- but don't get suckered in that this is anything than a class. So be careful of what the trainer is charging and what you get for that fee!
I know we are a civilisation of convenience but that has ultimately been our downfall and that is why we are in this situation of a health epidemic that we are in now. If you are unable to put some joggers on and head to a local trainer or gym (and let's face it there are many about nowadays) then how are you going to be successful with an online programme, with no face to face contact, no training feedback, no form correction, coaching, etc?!! To overcome the battle against inactivity you have to get active. If you’re not even active enough to go out of your own front door, then, unfortunately, you’re not my kind of client. If you have a medical condition that may prohibit you from leaving the house, then fair enough. But I also work at a centre for the blind and partially sighted; and if you could see what they achieve day to day, you would be amazed!
This kind of training can still be quite expensive so it may be better and more cost effective for you to train with a real life trainer. Find out exactly what you get for your money; how much support you will get; and whether the training you get is actually bespoke- no size fits all! Plus, really ask yourself whether your self-disciplined enough to have less of a hands-on training, then this could be the thing for you. However if that is the case, then you might be better with a workout DVD and a decent diet plan.
For what we waste on lattes, takeaways and TV subscriptions, you could easily afford a proper real life trainer!
I worked it out; I waste about £5 a day on nothing. I don’t know where it goes. I might buy a protein shake rather than have a sachet from home and a shaker on me. I might have forgotten my water and have to buy some at the gym (i do that all the time). Before I know it, I’m a fiver down!
If I saved this each day for a year I would have saved £1,825!!! If that’s you too, you could have 73 sessions with me! There are only 52 weeks in the year so that’s at least one session a week!! So just cutting out the bits and bats you buy here and there, you can definitely have a personal trainer!
So if you think that you could benefit from a personal trainer, write your budget down and see how much you can afford once you cut out the day-to-day wasting of money. Then find a trainer- a good one- with genuine reviews and pictures (oh yes, those kinds of pictures can be bought!). Most trainers will offer some kind of initial consultation either free or at a discount.
I offer a free consultation because not only do I want the client to suss me out but I also want to suss them out to see whether they are a client I want to work with. AI am trying to find out if they are going to be a joy to train or whether they are going to give me the runaround and I’m going to waste my energy chasing them down all of the time?! Any trainer who doesn’t want a sit down with you, even just to chat about your expectations and goals, probably doesn’t care and just wants bums on seats in terms of their client base.
See as many trainers as you feel need to see, check out the venues they work from, check them out. Do you need any additional venue entry membership? Check that out. Then whoever you feel you clicked with more, book them and get it done.
ACTION - make a list of all the money you have wasted today on drinks, buying your lunch rather than. Preparing something from home, newspapers, magazines, etc. Times that number by 365 and then divide by £25 and that's how many personal training sessions you could have had with me by just cutting out on wasting your money
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