If you need that extra push in order to reach your fitness goals, or you are seeking accountability, hiring the services and expertise of a personal trainer could be just what you need! There seems to be this assumption that personal trainers are only for the rich and fit few, but with the right mindset and budget in mind, you too can work out like a celebrity!
Decide on a Fixed Budget
First things first: you should know exactly how much you can afford to spend on a personal trainer based on your monthly income and spending habits. Whether you have $40 to spare or $400, it’s important to stick to your budget. The only way you could go over is if you created a healthy habit (like reducing the amount of drinks you have on a night out) that ultimately reduces your spending. Even though you might be very excited and want to train every day, be realistic about what you can afford.
Do the Research
Don’t just book the first personal trainer you meet. Do some research and get accustomed with the going rate and what different trainers have to offer. You might think that you are striking a deal with a cheap trainer only to find out that they aren’t even qualified.
Also, be sure to research with your requirements in mind. See what the personal trainers are focused on and which methods they use. If possible, talk to other clients that have made use of their services to get some inside information.
Schedule an Information Session
Before booking your sessions, ask the personal trainer if you can meet up for an information session. This is your chance to ask all the questions you want to before making a commitment. This way, you will also be able to get a sense of the individual and not end up wasting money on someone that leaves you feeling worse than before your workout sessions. Ask the prospective personal trainer what the ideal amount of sessions per month will be and see if this suits your budget.
Consider Small Group Training
If you cannot afford one-on-one training, group sessions are a great alternative. Many gyms or fitness centers offer special rates or discounts on small group training sessions. This might be more ideal than you initially thought. Not only do you get a professional workout, but you get to spend time with your friends while staying healthy. This is also a great way for you and your group to keep each other focused and accountable. Find a friend, or someone with similar fitness goals, and ask about your savings options.
Do you work out with a trainer? How do you keep it affordable?