I know it's risky putting this out there but I think I need to and would be curious what you think?
68.5% of Americans are overweight or obese- 31.8% of children are overweight or obese and 30.4% of low income preschoolers are obese. If you look at the numbers that is 2/3 of all Americans are overweight and still training, trainers and gyms struggle to find a way to change the trend and change lives. Americans spend $20 a week on coffee which indicates over $1000.00 year. Wine consumption at all time high in America and averages roughly $30 per week per American.
Between the coffee and the wine most American's should be able to afford a personal trainer at least once a week but don't? Why do many people still feel a personal trainer is a luxury?
Things you should know about trainers and why the good ones aren't cheap:
- Trainers (good ones) spend a lifetime perfecting their craft- taking weekend courses, learning about the newest trends and whether they are sound or not- going to conventions and taking CEC classes. Most of those expenses are out of pocket and aren't cheap.
- Trainers have limited time to work with -We have certain times available to work and need people to be committed- a traditional job provides you pay for 8 hours whether you put your heart into or not- Trainers see a majority of their clients from 6am-10am and from 3p-7pm and we need to have our heart into and our eight hours is often carved out of a 13 hour day.
- Great trainers are great encouragers - you might think your trainer is just knowledgeable but if you get a good one they can motivate you also- don't confuse it with fear based motivation- your trainer should create a deep desire to do well and get your money's worth- great ones do that and it's priceless.
- Injuries and set backs cost time and money- good trainers can help you stay free from injury and help you move forward in your success. The value of not getting injured and spending six months or more waiting to heal and get better should be worth every minute you pay for a trainer.
Why spend the money?- there are tons of free things on the market to help you get fit-
(I hear this all the time)
RIGHT?- What you don't get with free:
- Advice and help specific to your life
- someone who really cares if you succeed
- someone who gives you the support and information that is geared toward your goals
- an advocate for being healthy and helping you live your best life
I really wonder if people knew how much time they lost and money they spent on things that didn't matter - would they look back and think a trainer would have been a good investment-
Your trainer isn't trying to break your bank account they just want to know if you care enough to invest in your health and your future the same way they will. I challenge everyone to spend one month and one session a week with a trainer and see if it doesn't make a difference. I want to hear from you- do you have a trainer? if not,why not?