Hiring a personal trainer is one of the best things you can do for your health and well-being. However, the biggest drawback for hiring a personal trainer is the upfront costs. On average, most personal trainers charge $50-60 per hourly session. If you purchase 10 hourly sessions over a 5-week span it can total around $500, and that can be a sticker shock to most people. However, the benefits of personal training outweigh the cost. This is especially true when you consider the long-term health care cost of physical inactivity.
The Cost of Physical Inactivity
The University of Michigan conducted a study and concluded employees who were physically active saved more money in health care costs annually than employees who were physically inactive. This is especially true for employees who were diagnosed with metabolic syndrome (the group of conditions that lead to heart disease). The metabolic group who were physically inactive paid $1,085 more a year in health care cost than the physically active group. Over a 2-3 year span, people who are physically inactive can spend more than $3,200 in health care costs.
Many companies are realizing that physical activity can reduce health care costs for its employees and the company. This is why more companies are offering to pay for gym memberships and other fitness programs. Hopefully, this trend will continue and more companies will offer health and fitness benefits to its employees.
Way to Save
As more companies start to provide additional health & fitness benefits to its employees, most people will not have the option. However, there are still some ways you could save on personal training.
Group Personal Training- With group personal training, you split the cost with 1-2 other people. This is becoming a popular option for potential clients because it lowers the cost you would pay individual and you have a friend that will keep you on track. However, just make sure you have similar fitness goals and are at the same level of fitness starting out. Avoiding to do so could lead to potential problems like people dropping out of the program or lack of motivation.
Group Fitness Classes- If you only can meet with your personal trainer 1-2 times a week, you can supplement fitness classes into your program. This is a great way to enhance your training program if you're the type of person that has a hard time working out alone. It's important to let your personal trainer know the dates/times of your classes. This is to ensure you don't overtrain and have plenty of rest between workouts.
Stick to the Program- Ultimately it is up to you to adhere to the training program your personal trainer creates. If you find yourself consistently skipping workouts and missing scheduled appointments, it will just waste money and prolong the time of your program.
Personal Training Benefits
Personal training benefits far outweigh the costs, especially for physically inactive people. A personal trainer's job is to help the client develop a long-term healthy lifestyle that will last long after their program. If you are struggling to reach your health & fitness goals, you should consider hiring a personal trainer.