Personal training: yay or nay

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
856 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m certified fitness trainer and performance nutritionits so I say to for it but really Id shop around…cost depends on where you live though. If you don’t think you’ll stay committed with the help I say keep the help!

Post # 4
4998 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Whilst I’m very positive about personal training in general, as long as you find a trainer who fits your style, that seems hideously expensive. I’ve had a few trainers over the years but never paid more than £40 per hour.

What is included in the package?

I only see my trainer once ever month or so now, as I’m quite focused on my own, but I have a colleague who’s seeing her trainer twice a week (and ranting about him constantly in between sessions).

In terms of strong, I took up powerlifting in March and I’m planning to enter my first competitive meet in spring 2014. I’m a lot happier with my body and it feels fun and challenging rather than a drag. I squat and deadlift over 1.25x my bodyweight, bench press about 0.8x my bodyweight and press 0.67x my bodyweight (although that needs to be retested).

Heavy weight training is fantastic!

Before (January 2013):

After (September 2013):

Post # 5
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012


From what you wrote about the package it sounds like you are talking about Good Life FItness. If this is the case I would be very careful, they are big on the hard sell personal training and it is nothing you can’t do yourself. And good life requires you to sign up for all the training sessions up front and agree to their payments. You shouldn’t have to sign up for 72 classes and pay for it up front, or even on payment plans!

After a Good Life training session I felt guilt tripped into their program, luckily my husband was able to talk me out of it (because of the hard sell) and I found a better workout plan.

Definietly shop around!!

Post # 6
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Also if it’s just motivation you need look on KIJIJI for someone who is trying to build a new trainer business. 

You are currently being quoted approx. $62 an hour. You can find something cheaper on KIJIJI for motivation.

Post # 7
2137 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I did personal training before my wedding and it really did make a difference! While the number on my scale didn’t go down a ton (about 5-6 lbs), I dropped almost two sizes and can really see muscle definition! i feel stronger and I can definitely see it in my wedding pictures. I liked the training because I had someone besides myself to hold me accountable. I didn’t go crazy with food and calorie counting, but knowing the trainer would ask did help to make better choices, and keep up with my exercising. I am lucky enough to know a trainer with her own business, so I pay per month and it’s about 50 a session. it was definitely worth it too me! Now I am going to do some more training to get ready for our honeymoon in december! 

Post # 8
282 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I do PT sessions twice a week. If a friend and I do them together it’s $25 each per session. If it’s just me it’s $50. That’s still only $3600 for 72 sessions. It’s definitely worth it but maybe shop around. That sounds pretty expensive and I live in Australia haha which is a super expensive country

Post # 9
640 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Look into hiring an online trainer. Much cheaper. You send pics, measurements etc and they program your meals, workouts.

I’ve been doing this for almost two months now and the changes I’ve seen in my body are amazing!

Post # 10
2207 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@SpecialSundae:  holy crap, you look amazing! It’s pictures like yours that make me wonder why I’ve been putting off lifting heavy for so long. Congrats! 

OP, I think you should just apply what you’ve learned with your trainer and try to do it on your own for a while. If you don’t keep up with it, then look for a more reasonable trainer. 

Post # 11
1719 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

You could also check out some Groupons, they have personal training sessions all the time 🙂  Maybe try out a few and find one that’s in your budget and you like?

Post # 13
1104 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I know, I have a similar struggle. I’ve had one off and on in the past and while I think the $ is def worth it while pricey, I like just training on my own. I like to have a schedule and know what’s coming, so someone else telling me what to do as we go didn’t work so well for me. That said, I saw good results but nothing I haven’t been able to do on my own 😉

Post # 14
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@HotnHollerin:  If you are looking for a personal training option but don’t want to invest all that money (that is a lot!) why not look into Crossfit? I do it four days a week and it is amazing. They typically have one trainer to every two people or so and have plenty of options with ever changing routines so it is practially like having a personal trainer. You can also test out all the trainers available and if you click with one like I did do a pay per session one on one training later on down the road.

Post # 15
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I definitely think that if PT is working for you you should keep going with it. However a 4500 package is completely outrageous. I mean it would take you 2.5 months of going EVERY SINGLE DAY to even reach that many sessions! Really once you get a hang of things and using the weights and the gym, you need like, one a week MAX to keep you accountable and learn some new moves. The rest you can do on your own, and the trainer is still around to give you shit if you don’t show up for a week.

Their per session price doesn’t seem to bad but yeah I would definitely not pay that up front, that is how they get you, and then you stop coming and then they get to keep your money, yay for them, shit for you.

I’d ask about a smaller package, once per week packages, session by session, etc… And I wouldn’t pay anything like that up front. Do like… 4-5 sessions at a time max or something.

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