Yeah I joined a gym but do I HAVE to deal with the trainers?

Hey all!  How was your weekend?  Did the time change affect you much?  I lost my first hour of sleep last night due to a time change.  Weird right?  I was just telling my in laws that I’ve never had to.  Indiana didn’t change their clocks until 2006 but then the last three places I lived didn’t participate in DLST.  So yeah . . .

Anywho, I joined a gym yesterday and I was super excited about it . . . yesterday. 

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Today I’m not so sure, so I guess let me back up to yesterday.  I went to “the gym” that I’d selected for myself based off of my prior experiences with the chain back in 2004.  This gym is open 24/7, has a rock wall, 25m lap pool, saunas, steam rooms, cardio/weight machines galore, a yoga/pilates studio, and more!  It’s really got some great facilities and I thoroughly enjoyed using them before.  Well, when I signed up yesterday, the agent I worked with said that with my membership I also had access to a fitness assessment with a personal trainer.  He said this would be great because it would give me a baseline for right now and something to measure against to see how I progress.  Even though I’ve never worked with a trainer I was all for it so we made an appointment with the scary trainer for Monday.  I’m not going to lie.  I fully expect trainers to be a cross between this

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and this

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So imagine my surprise when this super nice (on the phone) guy calls me up this morning and asks if I’d like to move my assessment up to today.  I was in the middle of laundry and dishes so of course I said I’d head right over.

Fast forward to right now and I’m feeling more perturbed, annoyed, overwhelmed, slightly frustrated and overall unsure.

The “fitness assessment” wasn’t a physical assessment at all.  It was a really long conversation with a trainer about my personal fitness goals and my previous fitness history.  We discussed a bit more than that but that’s ALL it was! With the exception of about 15 squats with my hands over my head, all we did was talk.  

I’m sorry but I already signed the membership contract so do we really have to go on a date?

Ugh, and then it got really awkward at the end of the conversation too.  He brought up a price list which includes the trainer rates and the actual physical assessments.

  • Stress and Resilience test – $265
  • Cardio Assessment (treadmill test with breathing mask attachment)–$139
  • Cardio Coaching – $99/mo
  • Personal training:
    • 3 x week = $828/mo
    • 2 x week = $552/mo
    • 1 x week = $276/mo

He then started saying I’ll need this supplement and those vitamins and this heart rate strap and the dollars were just adding up!

Please excuse my language but HOLY SHIT!!!  That’s ridiculous!

or am I cheap and naïve?

What I want from a gym is to be able to use all of the facilities and have personal trainers as a resource without having to worry about them trying to constantly sell me something.  Is that possible? 

Can someone please give me the benefits of using a trainer vs doing the research and designing a workout for myself?  The only one I can see is that they’ll monitor my form but honestly, I can get that from a mirror.

I hope you all had a great weekend!  Good night!

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14 thoughts on “Yeah I joined a gym but do I HAVE to deal with the trainers?

  1. You can do it without a trainer. They can show you exercises you would not know otherwise and provide you with motivation to do more than you might (and to show up since you are paying them). But if it were me, I would say, thanks, but not thanks, Mr. Trainer.

  2. I’ve never had a trainer, so I don’t know what a reasonable price is, but those prices seem uber high to me! I’d think you’d want to see a trainer once a week, which would be $1,104 a month, and more than $13,000 a year. This crazy expensive! Not worth it!*

  3. I have to admit, I’ve used a trainer, but only when I hit a plateau. I only buy one or two sessions at a time and I’m really strong (and probably really annoying to deal with) but I work with the trainer to get what I want out of the session. I make sure to stretch and do cardio before I work out and I make the trainer very aware of the areas I want to focus on. Usually I spend about $ 60 – 90 a session and I only buy 5 -6 a year.

    • That makes a lot of sense. I’m not a newbie to exercise so I can get my ownself back into shape. Using the trainer as a way to further challenge yourself is an option I hadn’t actually considered. I guess I figured he’d help me develop a workout plan that would address all areas of concern. That’s prob not the case huh? :)

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  4. Some are great motivators, but this guy sounds like he’s there for the gullible or those who have no clue what they’re doing / are too lazy to learn on their own. You’re none of the above so I’d politely tell him to stuff it! lol If you at some point are feeling stagnant and like you need some new moves, you could pay $5 – $10 to attend a Cross Fit class or something you’ve never done before…

    On another note – very sorry to see about the Celiac on your other page. I’m ignorant on it… hope it’s something that’s easily manageable?!

    And hey – we miss you back here already! You didn’t get to try my no-bake cookies made w/home-ground PB. :)

    • Awww man I miss ya’ll a lot and I’m sorry I missed out on those cookies! School is going really well so far though.

      Celiac is tough only when I eat outside of home. Everywhere else has gluten in everything and my friends and family like to serve a lot of bread/pasta. That part sucks a lot but other than that, it’s ok :D I’ve got it under control for the most part now.

      The crossfit idea is a really really good one. I’m already intrigued by the whole concept and it seems like everyone I know who’s into fitness is doing crossfit now. I’m pretty positive I’m going to forgo the whole trainer thing. Thanks for stopping in Miss Heather! (Big Hug)

      • It’s fast & challenging. Even if you can’t attend a class, just You Tube ‘Crossfit Workouts’ and try one that has moves you already know. :) *Hugs* right back at ya!

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  6. What a bunch of bunk! You should write them a bill for wasting your time, that’s always amusing even if they won’t pay it (they normally don’t) but it’s a good way to get your point across as they try and figure out how to deal with it.

    In seriousness they really should be more forth coming about the trainers at this gym. This ‘fitness assessment’ sounds a lot more like a ‘free consultation’ just worded in a manner that is downright deceptive.

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