Post 55: Making Personal Training Affordable

You probably have thought about hiring a personal trainer at some point in your life. If not, I bet you are thinking about it now. Times are hard and most people don’t have a lot of extra cash left over at the end of the month, so you may think that you can’t afford a trainer. 
But maybe you can. Let’s look at a couple scenarios. First off, people hire me because they are usually getting older and can’t seem to lose fat or they want to tone up. The older you get, the harder it is to get in shape. When you are young you can stay up all night, drink beer eat pizza and never gain a pound. As you get older you just can’t get away with the same indiscretions. So you need a plan for both working out and nutrition. That is why you need me.
In a perfect world three workouts a week will almost ensure success no matter what you do when I am not there. But it can get pricey. 12 workouts a month runs $631. Three workouts a week will get you in a good groove and reduce the amount of workouts you do on you own. It is a great way to learn new exercises and get results fast.
Two workouts a week is also effective. Now you are talking about $400/month. I have clients that do well with this. You need to be motivated to do at least one workout per week with weights along with your cardio without me. Do that and you won’t have any problems.
Once a week is also another choice. Now we are talking about $210/month. Honestly this can work work well if you are experienced and motivated. If you are a newbie or unmotivated this almost never works. It is extremely hard to retain the information you need at one hour a week. One workout a week will not make a difference in your life unless you put in another 2-3 weight workouts and 2-3 days of cardio. Experienced athletes can do this because training is second nature to them.
One idea is to start off training 2-3 times week and scale back once you get comfortable with the exercises. The will greatly imporve your chances to succeed. I can’t speak for other trainers but my clients can always call or text me with questions. I am always happy to help anyway I can.
Another great way to bring down the cost is find a friend to exercise with. The cost for two people for an hour is $70. ( $35 for each person ). Three people and now the cost is $23.33 per person. That is cheap. Do it this way and you will also have your built in support group.
At this point the thrifty reader will think about comparing rates and going with the cheapest. Trainers with cheap rates do it for a reason and I think you know why. As a certified Master trainer I catch heck all the time that my rates are too low for my certifications. It is true I have never raised rates. part of that is because I want to make training affordable for those that aren’t wealthy. That is also why I do these blogs and publish exercise routines. I want to make fitness accessible for everyone. I would be suspicious if any well qualified trainer charges less than $45/hour.
So I hope this helps. As always if you have questions, give me a shout.  
 
Visit me at http://www.mfactorfitness.com Michael Medvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. |

Post 54: Vacation Training

 I just got back from vacation and I want to thank all the people at the Massanutten resort for not going to the gym. It is a great thing ( for me ) to go on vacation and have a gym all to myself. yeah I know that is selfish but after all i am on vacation. I tried to figure out how many people had access to the gym. There had to be several hundred timeshare units and most were full. Call that several thousand people on vacation in rural Virginia not working out. There were a bunch of people playing golf but I never understood that. 
By the time you add in green fees, cart rentals etc… you are paying at least $100 to chase a ball around a field all day with the hope that you did it a little better than last time. Most people really suck at it and there is little to no health aspect to it. Listen, you go play golf for four hours. I will go workout, shower, eat, take a nap and watch a movie in the same time. I ask you, what is the better use of time?
 So you are on vacation. This is the perfect time to workout. No urgent meetings to attend, no real reason to go anywhere. No chores, no bills to pay, no laundry to do. Do you really need to be first in line at the breakfast buffet?
I know you are thinking, ” Well yeah Mike, they are vacation. Who wants to work out on vacation?”
I do and you should too. here is why. When else do you have free time in your life and can actually set your own schedule? Most places you stay at have a more than adequate gym on premises. We took an overnight to Alexandria and stay at a Springhill Suites hotel. best gym I have ever seen in a hotel. Dumbbells from 5 to 50 lbs, a brand new pulley machine, 2 benches, elliptical, treadmill and recumbent. All brand new. Air conditioning and all the filtered water you can drink. Also empty. 
What do you really have to do? Sleep on an uncomfortable bed? Here is what I did and you should consider this too. Get up while your spouse and kids are sleeping. Run to the rec center or if you are in a hotel, get a cup of coffee and hit the gym. You know you won’t do it in the afternoon, so get it in now. it will make you feel a little less guilty about the food you know you are going to eat later in the day. 
Now check out how sweet this was. By the way, I not bragging about the fact I went on vacation. I know a lot of families won’t be able to swing a vacation this year. I average one a year and we went with the inlaws to save money. Anyway, I had been running to the rec center, working out and running back to the condo then eating breakfast.( I took along my high fiber oatmeal. ) I don’t like working out on an empty stomach. As luck would have it I found out the Pizza place was open in the morning and they served coffee and bagels. So the plan now changes. Run to the Pizzeria. Get a nice hot cup of coffee and a whole wheat bagel. A grand total of $3 spent but now I have carbs in the system and nice charge of cafffeine. Bring on the weights!
Not to put down the rest of the vacation but those mornings are always my favorite part of the vacation. I can have that ” me” time everyone needs. I can blast my music and the workout sets up the day for me. I really recommend you try it. Most people I find will workout the first day but that is about it. You are losing a great opportunity. You will have more energy the rest of the day, you can eat what you want and you put on as much weight.
Visit me at http://www.mfactorfitness.com Michael Medvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. |