August 26, 2012

How To Afford A Personal Trainer

Before you can fire your trainer ( you need to be able to afford one.  There are several easy ways to economize:
1. Train at off peak hours.  Most trainers are busy in the morning, late afternoon and evenings.  If you have flexibility in your schedule, see if you can find a trainer who will discount an early or mid afternoon session.
2.  Book a shorter session.  If an hour is out of your price range, book for 30 or 45 minutes. Suggest that you perform your warm-up and cool down on your own.
3.  Share a session.  If you have a friend with similar goals, see if you can split the cost.
4.  Try small group training.  Many gyms and training studios offer small group classes.  These are a great way to get personal instruction at a reduced cost. 
5.  Buy just a few sessions.  Ask the trainer to write a program for you to follow on your own.  You will benefit from an assessment and an individualized plan.   Arrange to meet with the trainer a few times a year to update your program.
6. Barter.  See if the trainer will accept your services or products in exchange for training sessions.

August 5, 2012

Six Reasons To Fire Your Personal Trainer

  1. He talks on the phone, chats with other gym members or texts during your session.  (This is your time, need I say more?)
  2. She sells or recommends vitamins or supplements, or gives you a diet to follow.  Personal trainers should be up to date on nutrition, but unless your trainer is a Registered Dietician, she is stepping out of her field of practice by the above.
  3. He times how many reps you can do in a minute.  Competition, either with yourself or a fellow trainee can be fun and motivating on occasion, but it mostly leads to poor form, and eventually injury.
  4. She gives you the same program as every other client.  We all have different goals and fitness levels, if the program is not individualized, what are you paying for?
  5. He gives you the same exercises every session.  It is true that you will see strength gains when you repeat the same exercise over time, but if you never change your routine your muscles will adapt, and you will hit a plateau.
  6. She yells or pushes you too hard.  This is another avenue to injury.  You should never be in pain after a session.

There are plenty of excellent trainers out there, do not let yourself settle for less than the best.