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Why is personal training so expensive?
This is a very good question! The typical personal trainer in Las Vegas is independent (not employed by the gym) and therefore is on her own to acquire clients. Essentially, I am in business for myself; the work to acquire clients falls ultimately on my own efforts and funds. I am required to provide my own licensing, insurance, education, equipment (or pay rent to a gym), and all the other expenses a typical business is responsible for.
Second; personal training is that rare service where the service provider is being hired by the service recipient to force that recipient to do something she really does not want to do. If the service fee is too cheap, it will be too easy to blow off the appointment and ultimately the service in all. Imagine how easy it would be for you to blow your workout with me if I only charge you $10 or $15 session, or skip a bootcamp class you pay $50 a month for, especially when you “just don’t feel like exercise today” (which is probably every day for you if you are seeking the services of a certified personal trainer). My job is to hold you accountable to your goal, and not buy into your excuses. And trust me… you will come up with many over the course of our relationship!
How does the whole assessment go?
Well, I don’t know how other independent trainers do this, but I like to take 90 minutes to sit down with you face to face and develop some rapport with you, while I get to understand what you are seeking to do. I feel the chemistry between me and my clients is just as important as how well I train you and help you to your goals. I will be asking you questions about your goals, why you want to achieve them, establish your baseline (weight, bodyfat, circumference measurements, etc.) determine your limitations and obstacles and a few other things. Then I will tell you how I can help you, if I can help you, reach those goals. I don’t want to be just your trainer, I also want to be a friend you can trust and depend on.
Sometimes I meet a potential client and I can just tell the chemistry is not there and that client won’t respect me or my services for her (or him), and I will be honest and most likely let her go to find “her trainer”. I have no need to sell everyone on personal training.
I just require one thing…. transparency, and your willingness to handle my honesty without getting offended. My goal is to help you get to your goals, not sugarcoat the truth so you can feel all warm and fuzzy inside. There is nothing warm and fuzzy about training for goals. It sucks. It hurts. You will want to quit. You will question yourself many times. And then one day you will look in the mirror and realize the hell was all worth it. One of my jobs is to help you make it to that day. In other words, not quit!
What is your style of training?
I don’t have a niche except fitness based weight loss and health improvement. But I will say I LOVE high intensity circuit training. I feel it is the best way to burn fat without having to spend 2-4 hours in the gym and obsessing with diet! My personality is kinda goofy, sometimes inappropriate. When workouts start to get brutal and unpleasant, no need to add to the unpleasantry with seriousness. So I will often add my obscure sometimes weird humor to the equation! And yes, I have been fired for this odd humor, but I don’t care because I am who I am. “I am a personal trainer not a doctor, Captain!”
What makes you stand out from other trainers?
For starters, 9 out of 10 personal trainers won’t survive the first year of personal training. Therefor, I am that 1 trainer who did. I have been professionally training since 2003 and serving Las Vegas since 2006. And I have been in and out of gyms since I was in elementary school. My mom and dad were gym goers of the 70s and 80s. Iron runs through my veins.
Second, I have a very eclectic background from which I have derived my training style. I do not follow certificate protocols and prefer to train a client intuitively versus objectively. Too many trainers get anyl about adhereing to these protocols. Creating workouts has become an art for me; yes, this job requires creativity! But I don’t get all fancy like some of these celebrity trainers! I am not trying to do some so-called revolutionary workout; I prefer to stick with basics. There is a reason why military bootcamp workouts haven’t changed for decades… and I am ex-military!