Affording A Personal Trainer
Not everyone thinks they can afford a personal trainer, but can you afford NOT to have one? Unless you believe that your weight and health are perfect, you could use this necessity of life even if some think of it as a luxury.
The most successful and disciplined people on earth struggle with the motivation necessary to keep physically fit, and turn to a trainer. Being able to readily afford it makes this decision easier, but consider the fact that Oprah needs the external accountability to succeed. This sends a strong message to those fighting the same battle. Learning from her can make budgeting much easier.
So how does a middle-class mom afford a trainer? First of all, you need to realize that having a trainer is a necessity. Like your retirement fund, it is an investment in your future. Invest now, or be miserably fat with large medical bills later. You can play with your grandkids, or watch them from your rocking chair or your grave. Starbucks, manicures, pedicures, fancy purses, liposuction, pet grooming, eating at restaurants, and spoiling our already spoiled children all cost money. And what does any of this get you in 5, 10, or 20 years? NOTHING!
What would developing healthy eating and exercise habits get you in 5, 10, 20 years? Simply being alive with health and happiness is a starter, then we can throw in high self-esteem, confidence, and possibly no anti-depressants, cholesterol reducing or high blood pressure meds. Come on ladies, it don’t take a rocket scientist here. Insuring your fitness today is an investment in your tomorrow. Period. You should treat this like you would treat your retirement fund, something that you have to pay first, before all the luxuries.
I laugh at a fat friend of mine who drinks Starbucks, eats at a restaurant for the majority of meals and gets regular manicures/pedicures, yet jokes that she cannot afford me as a trainer. Eating at home for half of her meals would pay for me, but it simply is not important to her.
And guys, this goes for you, too. I had a male client quit my services because he could not afford it, yet he owned single beer cans in a collection that were worth thousands each! Sell a single beer can and hire a trainer for an entire year. It was that simple, but he couldn’t see it as that important. Many have messed up priorities in the world today, are you one of them?
If you are tight on money, meet with a personal trainer once or twice a month to stay focused. Many personal trainers offer deep discounts for group training. I offer a program that averages only $15 per session. Skip a few Starbucks, eat a few home cooked meals, sit down and reprioritize your life! Look at what your weight was 10 years ago, 5 years ago, and then today. The trend will continue. You have two choices: make excuses, or “make it happen!”