Jump to content
Health Discovery Network
Guest starbrite

i might get a personal trainer..

Recommended Posts

Guest starbrite

I recently joined Bally's. I got a complimentary session with a trainer and I loved it absolutely. I did moves I had watched on tv, in magazines and just assumed I could never wrap my brain around that. The form would be off, i would get hurt, or it wasn't for my level.

 

However I was able to do what he said, even if I looked terrible doing it. the workout was one hour, and by the end I was sweating like a dog, but just this huge bounce in my step. it's been four days and i am still thinking about it.

 

anywho, i thought about looking into it. I have been on/off ww on my own for so long now. I never went to the mettings, and i think that is what made me yoyo. I need accountability. I think i will join ww meetings, but i was thinking of also getting a trainer, or a buddy to keep me accountable.

 

anywho-so bally's is absolutely out of the questoin for me. they offer 24 sessions for only $1000. lol the lady literally made it soundlike a steal. hey maybe it is, i don't know. but i definitley am not in the position to pay somebody $1000 for spending 24 hours with me. bally's session each is broken down to about$50 an hour.

 

so i found a person online through craigslist, that seems excellent, and has a lot of good reviews. i am meeting him tomorrow and am psyched. and his session is $20 /hour. plus no contract nothing. you show up, you pay, he starts, you leave. that's it. he will even work out with you so youfeel like you have a partner. he will print out my workout so i can do it at home on my own. etc.

 

my plan with him was that i would go to him for 2-3 sessions. get an idea of a few routines, and just do those from now on on my own at the gym.

 

but , i am really in no position to hold only myself as the only gear to make myself lose weight. i have been telling myself to do it for 3 years nw, and i just have had it.

 

anywho, if this guy is as great as he sounds, should i consider getting him regular? i think i could perhaps stretch my budget to maybe spend $200-240 a month , having 12 sessions total. maybe 3 times a week. or even just twice a week at $160/month.

 

i rationalize it as in-hopefully i will see results within 2 months. hopefully i will be food conscience because of this. having a new fun routine each time will keep my body guessing, keep me having fun . and i assume after 2 months i will be well on my goal. plus-he also teaches martial arts, tai chi, kickboxing, self defense, so i think that i will have a lot lot of fun with new styles.

 

 

is this a bad idea? i feel sort of ridiculous spending so much money a month on someone's knowledge of fitness. i wish there was a cheaper way but then again, a trainer for $20 /hour is pretty damn awesome.

 

fyi-he trains in chicago,il.

 

also-as an hour session has a warm up and a cool down usually on a tread mill or something. is it possible to ask if i can have shorter/cheaper sessions. i can just warm up/cool down on my own at home. maybe cutting it in half and being $10/hour. or is that too cheap? like is that an insult? sorry if that sounds childish, but i really don't know. he has a job and is busy, he just offers lessons on the side to help people. he was very insistent on the fact that i do not have to stick with him, and that he really just wants to help me get it figured out after a bit of time, not just show me what i need for that paid session and that's it. i am wondering if maybe he won't mind the cheaper price, bc its a steady cash flow coming in regardless.

 

i mean, it's $20 and i might just get three sessions. =$60

if its $12, i will take all 12 sessions for sure. = $144

 

all thoughts and opinions-greatly appreciated.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest starbrite

note: if i got the personal trainer, i would still work out the other days of the week. probably elliptical, or treadmill, or maybe like a dance class. because the strength training would be covered with him already.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've been going to Curves 5 mths. Since joining I've lost 7 inches, am more toned than I've ever been in my life and have muscle. I go there 3 days a week and the other 3 days I do cardio/running. It's about $35 mth and you don't need a personal trainer. Since you've already joined Bally's this probably isn't an option for you but just an idea for the future if Bally's doesn't work out.


Elaine

SW: 142 (10/31/06)

CW: 130 (1/29/10)

GW: 125

 

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/elainepaulsen

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would say go for it! I have been working with my trainer since last March, and I love it! The price for the trainer at Bally's is pretty typical, I think. I actually pay more :bcb_cry: Its worth every penny to me though! Through WW & my trainer, I have lost my weight and I'm 6 pounds from goal. Had you asked me a few years ago, if I could ever be this healthy and thin(er), I would have thought you were crazy!!!


Angi - SAHM to Skylar, 8 and Laynee, 2

 

 

 

SW - 9/15/07- 200

Lifetime - 12/13/08 - 150

CW - 1-10-09 - 155

PGW - 140

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Starbrite,

 

At my gym, we EXPECT our clients to come early and warm up on their own. We give them a handout, and brief instructions, on post-workout stretching, and expect them to do that on their own, as well. Our philosophy is that the client pays us for the STRENGTH-training session, since that is what requires specialized knowledge/experience. So...it's ENTIRELY appropriate to tell your trainer that you will handle the pre/post workout activity on your own.

 

Whether you "should" hire this particular trainer, well, only YOU can decide. My only .02 is to suggest you check his/her credentials. Make sure he/she is certified through one of the reputable agencies: ACE, ACSM, and NSCA are three of the most well-regarded.

 

It sounds like this guy is certainly worth a try, since there is no long-term contract involved. I would definitely give it a good run, though, before you decide whether to continue or not. I'd say at least 6-8 weeks to see some decent strength gains.

 

 

I hope this helps.

 

- Jennifer


ACE-certified Personal Trainer

& WW Lifetime Member

 

weight.png

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

PS FYI, at my facility, our strength-training sessions are 30 minutes and we charge $360 for 12 sessions (or, $30 per session). One half-hour with a us is plenty, trust me. My clients are "done" when we finish. It's possible, you could get Bally's to give you half-hour sessions at $25/half-hour, especially if you tell them you'll handle your own cardio and stretching. Just a thought.

 

 

- J


ACE-certified Personal Trainer

& WW Lifetime Member

 

weight.png

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Please sign in to comment

You will be able to leave a comment after signing in



Sign In Now

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.