Personal training is expensive. It is a luxury. But you really want results, and you know that if you try to do it on your own it just won't happen. So you've decided to invest in yourself instead of a new designer handbag, or the latest game console. How do you select a PT? They're all the same right? So you look at price. That's a reasonable thing to do, the economy sucks and we all need to be careful. You look around, and find surprisingly, a great number of personal trainers. Prices vary. But hey look! You've found one that is cheaper than the rest - £5 or £10 a session cheaper! What a bargain. Think of the money you're saving over those other trainer's clients. Easy decision, and you're on your way to a new you with your new PT.
Your new trainer works you HARD. They even have a whistle (How you hate that whistle...). You ache – for days. Every session you're sweating buckets, and getting to the point where you might need a bucket. You're drenched, dizzy, a little bit green around the gills, you have more than one part of you 'twinging' as you try to 'push through the pain'. But inside you're beaming because you KNOW that all this hard work will pay off and you will be amazing. The first few weeks are great, painful as they might be, because the pounds are finally coming off! This PT must REALLY know their stuff! AND you saved money with this PT!
Then after a few weeks; no more weight loss. Your body aches more than ever, but your PT just yells at you to go harder and faster, “More! More! More!” Eventually, you have no option but to slack off. You feel tired ALL the time, yet you still don't sleep well. The aches and pains just don't go away, and that stabbing pain every time you try a certain exercise is really starting to get to you. Your eyes look like a panda and your skin like a crocodile. Well congratulations. You have wrecked your endocrine system. Don't know what that is? Well neither does your cheap PT probably, which is why he destroyed yours. He also never advised you on correct lifting form, so your horrendous technique is now so ingrained it'll take a decent PT months to fix. But you did lose 5-10lbs in weight, and you did save 5-10 pounds in cash per session. It was worth it right?
When selecting a PT, do NOT select them purely based on price or even popularity (Paris Hilton is popular; remember?). Select your PT based on knowledge and skill. Those two, and ONLY those two things are what will get you from where you are to where you want to be, and safely.
I always encourage my clients to question everything. Feel free to ask me WHY I am getting you to do certain exercises. Ask me what the benefits are; how exactly is this going to get you to your goals? In fact, I pre-empt this. I always educate my clients, both class and private. I encourage you to learn, I encourage you to look to the right people to learn from. Most of my long term clients would make better coaches than 90% of the personal trainers out there. Why? Because I have educated them on everything, and taught them to think for themselves. Correct form, and how to fix mistakes, which exercises support others and why... etc.
I am always interested in helping people to learn. I am not just about beasting you into the ground. That part is easy. That time will come, but generally later when you have enough knowledge, experience, technique and strength to handle it so that it progresses you and doesn't just destroy you.
I may not be the cheapest. I am not the most expensive either. But I guarantee results if you follow what I say. I train, compete, get coached by and coach (yes, that too) some of the top coaches and lifters in the world. Every month I am in London at least once training alongside the countries top coaches. I attend seminars and workshops throughout the year hosted by the world's best coaches and lifters. I also coach and lecture at events, and I am recognised within the industry as someone who has a huge amount to contribute.
I am looking to take on a small number of new clients this year because from next year (and later on this year) my availability for PT will be less as I increase the seminars, lectures and writing I do within the industry. So if you're looking to make a change within yourself, now is the time. Start investing in yourself because this body has got to last you. Take the plunge and see what you are actually capable of, and in the process future-proof yourself against old age filled with illness and poor posture.
I will always do my best to make my services available, but what I offer has value, and as such it has a cost. In the long term it is money well spent. Would you rather lose 5-10lbs in 2-3 months with a cheap trainer, but then not only gain the weight back but have gained postural problems and a wrecked endocrine system to boot? One of my female clients recently performed a double bodyweight deadlift, and another should be there in a matter of weeks now too. These long term clients have progressed steadily, but have CONTINUED to do so, and will keep progressing. Which group do you want to be in?
Challenge everything, especially yourself.
Alex Kay Grimmer
Contact me for Kettlebell classes and Personal Training in Southend-on-sea.
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