Keeping fit is something that is good for both body and mind, yet sometimes it takes all the effort you have to just get up and do something. Having the inclination to go to the gym is not always easy, but if you have a good personal trainer then you may find their enthusiasm and experience helps you get on with things.
However, there is always the money aspect; personal trainers can be expensive – after all, they are professionals who deserve to be paid for the job they do – and you may find that you can’t justify the expense. If you really need to go to the gym, it can be worth looking at your budget and expenditure, and working out how you can save enough for the personal training sessions.
There are ways you can save money on a personal trainer, some of which are common sense more than anything else, so here are out tips on finding a cheap personal trainer, and you may be able to add more to our list.
1: Ask Around
It may sound obvious, but have you asked around your friends and family to see if they have any recommendations on cheap and effective personal trainers? You may know someone at work who works out on a regular basis, so ask them? It’s surprising how often personal recommendations find you the best options, and the cheapest ones, too.
Also, check out local gyms – use a search engine to get a lost of those closest to your home r workplace – and visit each one, asking for their best rates and most popular deals. The latter tend to be popular because, among other things, they are affordable, so are well worth checking out. Take your time, as it’s a decision that you don’t want to take lightly!
2: Stay Local
If you are lucky enough to have a gym close by your home or work, then check it out for the range of services, equipment and personal trainers. There are a whole load of reasons why people who sign up with personal trainers at local gyms get the best out of it. First, being local there is no need to spend money on public transport or a car to get there and back, and also no need to waste the time travelling.
Second, it means you will be more inclined to go, even when you are in one of those moods where you think you don’t want to. Because it is close, you have no worry about time or money, and you can simply get there and get on with what you want to do. Always check out your local gym first, as it may be the one that is in fact perfect for you, and will save you money in the long run.
3: Use Your Membership!
This is a strange one, but it’s a point that you need to consider: many thousands of pounds worth of gym memberships go to waste every year. This is because people sign up, attend a few sessions and then – for whatever reason – don’t bother going back. It could be they are pushed for time (see the entry above about local gyms) or they don’t feel they are getting the attention they deserve. If this is the case, you need to talk to your trainer or engage a new one.
Gym membership may look expensive in some cases – although if you shop around you can find some excellent special deals – but like everything you buy or subscribe to, it is only expensive if you don’t use it as intended. If you use your gym membership regularly, train with your cheap personal trainer on a regular basis, you will enjoy the benefits of one to one sessions that will help you lead a healthier life.
4: Choose Quiet Times
This is a tip that allows you to potentially get the advice of a tutor or personal trainer without the need to pay extra. If you choose quiet times, when the gym is undersubscribed, or attend exercise classes where few people are present, you may find the tutor or trainer is available for help and advice at the end of the session, as there are no demands on his or her time.
It may seem a little cheeky, but you are paying for your time there, so why not try and take advantage of the experience and expertise of those present? You might find that you get to know the person, and they may offer you private one-to-one gym and training sessions are affordable prices. It’s always worth a try!
5: Avoid Home Training
Our final tip is one that we think very important: it is all too tempting to set up your own home gym, and engage a personal trainer to visit you on a regular basis. Many people do this because they are embarrassed or ashamed when they go to the gym. You need not be: the vast majority of people who go to gyms are there to get their body in shape. They won’t be looking at you, but at what they are doing.
Also, home gyms are expensive, and home personal training sessions are equally so. Check out your local gyms, talk to the people involved, and you will find that they operate in complete discretion and that everyone is there to get fit, not to look at what everyone else is doing!
That’s five handy tips for finding a cheap personal trainer, but before we go, we strongly advise you do not go to one on the basis they are cheapest alone. You need to make sure they have a good reputation, the relevant experience and the knowledge and approach to be able to help.
There are good deals on affordable one to one personal training sessions out there, and most likely at a gym close to your home or place of work, so have a look around, and find the one that offers you the best deal at the right price!