Getting professional help with anything is expensive. But being healthy is equally or more expensive. Unhealthy lifestyles and choices cost the United States tons of money.
For example: Obesity costs around $190.2 billion a year in America and the future medical costs will most likely be much pricier than joining a gym or paying for a trainer to help you revamp your lifestyle. If you’re having trouble with making exercise a habit, check out our blog post on how to fix that here.
Cue the excuses, because seriously we have heard them ALL.
The fact is most people have no clue what they are doing and they are :
a) Too proud to ask for help.
b) Too cheap to pay for help.
c) Their health isn’t a priority
d) Lazy and full of excuses to make a change in their life because its too hard.
Just think about it… Don’t you think when you start looking and feeling better it might impact other areas of your life? Wasn’t it worth paying the 300-400 a month to have someone with knowledge and experience help you reach those goals, because now you’ll probably have the confidence to ask for that raise or run that race?
So just like most people they have rent to pay, medical insurance, transportation, education, health insurance, food etc.
Trainer education isn’t free. He/she most likely went to college and also has a certification (which depending on how good it is could cost up to 1k). In addition, it is legally required for us to hold a valid CPR/AED certification (so we can save your life). Moreover, if your trainer rents a space they also have to pay for trainer insurance which ranges from 200-300 a year. All of this just to be certified and run a business.
Just like with anything, if you want a service (e.g. to have someone fix your car,) you have to pay for it.
Certification $1000 (and that’s if you only have one)
Re-certification $200-$300 per annum.
Additional certifications $300-$600 per annum
Trainer Insurance $200-$400? (Depends on company and type of insurance)
Once we get our certification it doesn’t stop there (if you actually have one). Some people train people without having a certification at all. Why are you trusting them with your body again?
Not only do we have to hear you complain about pricing and how you hate that exercise, but we have to sit through 8 hour seminars on a SATURDAY. Each certifying organization requires continuing education from each trainer which you have to submit every time you want to renew your certification. So the trainer has to pay for the continuing education (have you looked up how much these fitness seminars are?) and pay the renewal fee.
Here are some money-saving tips so you can make fitnesss a priority:
A good pair of yoga pants are NOT cheap!
Lululemon pants +top+Nike shoes+lululemon bag+lululemon jacket=$90+$50+$100+$100+$90=$430 for one outfit (not everyone spends this kind of money)
Yes it’s expensive and you’ll probably judge us for spending good money on it, but products that not only look good (since you know we are professional) but also the product is of good quality, is worth the price tag. The discount is pretty motivating too.
We wear this stuff everyday and have to workout in it. You shouldn’t re-wear a pair of yoga pants again (gross) and we burn through training shoes. It’s our uniform. If you have an office job you probably wear some type of professional outfit that you’ve invested money into. If you haven’t that’s your choice. Of course, you can go the cheap route and get gym tops that cost like 12 dollars, that smell after you workout, don’t wash well, don’t have a warranty, look like shit and that you have to replace after wearing it a few times.
Nope, I’m good.
May I add that just because it’s a business expense, doesn’t make it an “expense”. Yea I know we can write it off but we still have to pay for it and not everything fits into write-offs. If you know better come do my taxes for me, oh yea for free too😉
We get to meet other cool trainers, make friends and have our own fitness goals.
I’ll just leave that one there.
Lets say a trainer works 30 hours a week and charges $90 dollars an hour
This is why trainers work tons of hours, teach multiple group classes and deal with client bs. Did we mention we gladly do it too? I’m not saying that every trainer deserves to be paid around 100 dollars, because a lot of them don’t, especially if they’re new and have little experience, or just suck.
This is also why a lot of gyms change the pay scale for trainers depending on how much education and experience that trainer has, and why I adjust my prices every training anniversary. The more experience (and client results) the more I’m going to charge and should charge.
I do realize that there are a lot of free resources out there in terms of fitness apps, websites, Ig trainers selling you teas and three-hundred dollar plans they mass produce, but have you ever met anyone who learned how to properly workout (correct form and all) from Bro on YouTube. Yea you can watch a video and follow a workout with a trainer but is that trainer correcting your form?
Is the trainer in your cheap gym’s group workout class worried about your form? Some aren’t allowed to check your form at all. Why should you care? Because you may have an arch in your upper back, knees that go over your toes when you squat, a weak lumbo pelvic hip complex, heels that come off the ground etc. So then you spend years doing a foundational exercise incorrectly.
If you have no clue what you’re doing at the gym –please seek professional advice. It will save you from: Being judged, the embarrassment of consistently making errors (which cause you INJURY and longer-term damage,) and not seeing the results you want. You’ll also save valuable time, money on medical bills (less injuries) etc.
An important note: Do your research on trainers and property vet them out. Not every trainer is for you, just like successful trainers don’t take on just any Client. (Naturally some people just don’t click.) Word-of-mouth is often the way to go for seeking out your new trainer (as with professionals in other industries.)