The Death of Personal Training

If you’ve been hanging around Fitness Lying Down for a little while and reading our blogs, you know that we tend to approach fitness differently than other places.  It’s no different when it comes to personal training.  We have kept our finger on the pulse regarding fitness outside La Crosse and finding out that 1-on-1 personal training is dying out.  Why?  I can’t say for sure, but I know why we enjoy not offering personal training and have something even better to offer our clients: semi-private training!

Our semi-private training sessions allow up to 4 clients to be trained at the same time by one fitness professional; each with their own individual program.  I’m sure you are coming up with questions and thoughts about, “how does that work?”  Well, I’m going to lay out for you 5 reasons why you would benefit (and come to prefer) semi-private training over the old 1-on-1 personal training.

1. More Availability For You, The Client

In my experience in fitness and as a personal trainer – first come, first served can really stink!  When a client signs first with a trainer and locks in Mondays and Wednesdays at 4pm for eternity, that shuts the door on a lot of people who would really prefer that time slot.  Sure some clients can flex their schedule, but why not give the client what they want?  With this approach to “personal training” we can include more clients in on one session – BRILLIANT!

Also, to add to this point, if you are running a little late – there is no need to panic. With 1-on-1 training, if you are late to your 60 minute session … it is now 50 minutes because Mrs. Jones is coming in right after you. With us, if you’re 15 minutes behind schedule – no problem. Just finish up your last exercises while I get Mrs. Jones started and don’t worry, I’ve still got my eye on you!

2. You Get To Meet More People

This point flows from the first one.  We are a social species, so why not include that social aspect in the fitness realm.  With the old way of personal training, the trainer and client seem to be alienated from the rest of what’s going on around them.  I, as the trainer, would even feel guilty if I talked to anyone (or said ‘Hi’) while I was on my client’s clock.  Anti-social is against our nature and doesn’t belong in fitness, either!  I think that the biggest advantage for the client with this particular engagement is that they don’t have to always talk and listen to ol’ boring me – more people, more conversations, more friendships formed!

3. A Shared Dynamic, Experience

I put this one in the middle because I feel that it is the most important aspect to semi-private training.  It never gets old when a new client attempts an exercise for the first time, struggles, and then a more seasoned client encourages them; letting them know that it was tough for them, too.  Encouraging and even giving a few pointers on what helped them get better at that particular exercise.  Some of this “coaching” from clients I steal and put into my cueing arsenal because of its effectiveness.  I enjoy when a more skilled client performs an exercise, nails it, and another client marvels at the degree of difficulty with the hope of getting there, also.  Cheering, congratulating, high-fiving, sharing – its what we do, its who we are!  Why only share your fitness with the trainer, share it with like-minded people, as well!

4. Less Costly For You, The Client

Of course, everyone would like to save a buck here and there.  Now, we make it more cost-effective for you by opening sessions up to four clients.  I know some fitness locations in the area that charge $25 to $37 for one half-hour personal training session!  I don’t need to tell you how much, but we are considerably less and all of our semi-private sessions are for one, full hour.  You don’t have to be Alan Greenspan to understand that 60 minutes of training costing less than 30 minutes of training is a great deal!  Is the service less valuable since it doesn’t cost as much?  For the reasons above and the one I’m about to list below, I think you know you are actually coming out ahead with high quality training, to boot!

5. You Get What You Pay For

You can read more about it here and here, but I am amazed at the amount of people who join gyms and only use one, or two, pieces of equipment.  All that fancy stuff and there is no way you can do it all in one session without losing efficiency.  Does committing to improving your physical well-being and becoming more movement savvy require time?  Yes.  However, does it require that you give up the majority of your valuable time?  Nope.  We may not have the fanciest, shiniest, sexiest, or coolest machines/equipment on the block,  and that’s okay because what we do have will get the job done with more efficiency, more effectiveness, and more mindfulness.  This is something that the treadmill, elliptical, bench press, and any other exercise machine cannot claim!

All of this is too good to be true?  Why don’t you try us out?
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