Although we are in the mist of the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, travels and more, chances are you’ve already given some thought to your New Year’s resolutions. And chances are that it’s related to being healthier or fitter. As a professional in the fitness industry, I know that trying to pick the perfect gym or routine can be really confusing. There are always deals you miss or don’t find out about; people are always trying to pressure you into putting a down payment; you’re not sure what’s right for you… I’m here to simplify all those things and help you get the most out of your fitness experience. Simply because I want to help as many people have a positive experience with training.
Hop on a training program with a coach that cares:
The easiest way to hold yourself accountable for an extended period of time is to start a 12-week training program. Why 12 weeks? Because a proper training program should take you through different, progressive layers of training in a safe way. 12-weeks is the safest and most effective way for you to develop a long-term habit. A perfect example of this is my Lean and Strong HIIT Guide. I recently launched this second program in an effort to meet my personal demands of training and to offer people a more flexible, realistic and achievable way to feel like an athlete and positively improve their relationship with training. This program is circuit based (meaning that you will only go through 2 circuits per training day), requires minimal equipment (only a dumbbell and bench) and only requires three 30-minute lifting sessions and three cardio sessions a week. In addition, there is a Facebook Group where participants can interact with other people going through the same journey and share sweaty selfies, rants, and have direct access to me.
Now, when choosing a program you can choose to go with a famous influencer who cannot offer personalized attention, of you can choose to support trainers (some who are probably more qualified than famous IG models) who offer personalized attention. But regardless of who you choose to go with, think about it this way. A training program costs anywhere from $60 - $100. A single personal training session costs anywhere from $50-$200 plus (we’ll say $75 as a realistic median). If you go through 3 training sessions a week with a PT at $75, then that means in 12 weeks you would be spending $2,700. My program is valued at $59.99 so I just saved you $2640.01. You’re welcome.
If you haven’t tried ClassPass, you should try ClassPass:
For those of you that don’t know, ClassPass is a booking service that allows you to pay a monthly fee for a certain number of credits that you can use throughout multiple studios in your area. So (dependent on your area) you’ll pay $79 to $125 per month and have unlimited classes at studios including Cycling, Yoga, Pilates, Recovery Studios, Cryotherapy, HIIT, you name it. It’s a really great way for you to explore different studios and see what training style fits best for your lifestyle. In January, ClassPass is doing $19 for a two-week trial (in all markets besides NYC). If I were you, I would take advantage of this opportunity – especially considering that any fitness nowadays costs $25 plus a pop.
Try a membership instead of single classes:
Once you’ve found the type of fitness environment you feel resonates with you the most, you may be ready to settle down. Different fitness studios have different ways of doing things so although single classes may seem like the way to go, if you are truly committed to your new fitness journey, you may want to explore doing a membership instead. Where class packages limit you, most memberships give you flexibility to be able to book in advance, get invited to studio events, and not worry about the number of classes you are taking. If you are going daily, then in the long run you will save money, especially if it is a newly founded studio. Founder’s memberships are the cheapest they get – so don’t cancel that.
Negotiate your way to a better price:
If you don’t like to be limited by the boutique fitness space, going to a larger gym could be a better option. Before I had actually been to an Equinox I would talk with my friends about how fancy and expensive it is but in reality, for all the amenities available in the space, Equinox really is not a bad investment. In Los Angeles an Equinox membership is about $180 per month. But if you think about it you get UNLIMITED cycling, yoga, barre, boot camp, treadmill classes and most importantly refrigerated eucalyptus towels. Yes, $180 is steep, but it’s the same value of only six boutique fitness classes at another studio (valued at $30 a pop). If you’re on a budget – Trust me I’ve been going to L.A. Fitness since high school – Then you’re better off getting a membership at 24-Hour, L.A. Fitness, Gold’s Gym, UFC Gym, Planet Fitness, etc., getting your hands on a training guide, and calling it a day.
Ask for a manager, sit them down and talk to them about how you want the same membership as your friend that pays 29.00/month and gets to bring in two guests every time she goes (You’re welcome). Don’t budge and keep chatting with them until they can get you to a price that you deem fair, not them. If they don’t want to help you tell them you are going to their competitor next door to see what they can offer. If they don’t give you what you want then, leave and come back the next day to potentially chat with another person. Or not. Your choice. Only thing I can say, is try and go before the hustle and bustle of the new year. Within this week in December you may find some waived deposits at the big box gyms.
In any event, the fact that you are choosing to lead a healthier lifestyle this New Year should be enough of an event to get you absolutely excited about the weeks to come. There are a lot of people that have negative feelings about this time of year because people claim to want to reinvent themselves or set really crazy goals. There is nothing wrong with that, but this year, my personal challenge to you is to try and make sure your goals are sustainable, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely.
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