Don’t we all like “best of both world’s” scenarios? Committing to a solid workout routine is difficult enough, and when you have to compromise on that routine, it can make it difficult to to stick to. Well here at Jtab we have a few “best of both world’s” situations. I learned early on in my training career that I was going to focus on a style called semi-private. Today I am going to focus on one of the benefits of this style of training.
Nowadays everyone is trying to find the cheapest prices for their favorite products, right? Go to a store and see what the want and immediately take out their phones to see if they can get it cheaper on Amazon, etc. I admit I do that also sometimes. When it comes to training and fitness there is no difference. Planet fitness’s popping up all over the place and offering $10/month memberships for whole gym access. What could be better than that, right?
Most people have come to realize that private one-on-one training is pretty expensive. I mean go to your boutique personal fitness center, or the local big box fitness center and you are looking at a price of at least $60-100/hour. On top of that, they want you to buy a “package” or 5-15 sessions and before you even know it, you’ve spent a month’s mortgage on “personal” training. Those sessions will last you a month or two and then you’re left to re-up. This leads to a quick exit of training when people realize they can no longer afford the steep prices. No one is faulting the trainers here, they need to make a decent hourly rate so they can live, right? But for most of the middle class, this expense is out of reach.
Enter semi-private training. This is the game changer, the “best of both world’s, the win/win/win scenario. Most semi-private is typically more than a half the cost of private training. This is due to having more than one person in at the same time. The trainer can spend great quality coaching time on you and the others in the gym, yet you pay way less that the private option. This allows the client to keep up with training month after month, without blowing their budget. On the flip side, it allows the trainer a better income while charging their clients a fraction of what personal training costs. I feel this is the ultimate win/win. If the trainer is skilled, you will not notice any drop off from one on one to semi-private in terms of coaching, cueing and spotting. While the client usually is responsible for their own sheets and setting up and breaking down their equipment, that is the small price to pay for paying a fraction of the cost of training.