I work with many people who go to the gym & I have worked in gyms for the last 7 years. A gym membership can be a great thing and it could be a bad thing. In this blog I'd like to share an experience of that is very common with gym members that's from someone I've been working with for the last 6 months.
I'll call him James, James had exercised, played sport since he was a child and played professional sport as an adult. As he was getting older and injuries were starting to get more frequent playing sport had to stop and going to the gym became his main source of exercise. He had been going to his local gym for years, doing the same routine day in day out. He wasn't getting much support from the gym staff at the gym, they didn't offer to change his programme and since working with James we found out that he was in fact given the wrong exercises for the injuries that he had.
To cut a long story short, he was getting disheartened with the gym membership but kept going because he felt he had to. He came to one of my talks about exercise and low-back pain and found that he wasn't the only person feeling like this. At the end of the talk I offered all the attendees a free personal training consultation and James came to the front and book one.
During the consultation he shared his story with me, it was clear to see that the gym he was a member of wasn't giving him the support he needed for the condition he was in. As we continued he also shared that he thought personal training would be too expensive for him, I was able to put him at ease and offer him a monthly payment package. He was also unsure whether he would get the right exercises or if personal training would make his injuries worse? I was able to reassure him that I have worked with people with low-back pain & knee problems for years. I have been specially trained in treating low-back pain and that I am a teacher of these courses that gives me extra expertise in these areas because I have to set the standard rather than try to meet it.
James cautiously decided to start personal training with the thinking that he'll do 3 months and go back to the gym with better knowledge, a better programme and he could carry on with. After only 4-weeks of personal training James shared with me that he was really enjoying the sessions and the help and support he has been given outside of the gym was fantastic. By the end of 8th week he said that he was getting so much more out of personal training than he ever thought he would. This prompted him to say that he wanted to continue on after the 12-weeks had finished.
6-month later we are still working together.
This is a testament to the on-going value of personal training, yes it may be more money but the value you get from having an expert in your corner goes way beyond the price you pay. The help, support, guidance and education James got in the first 12-weeks of working with me he said was more than he got in the years he was at the gym paying for a membership. Deep down he knew personal training was the best option for him but needed to get over some barriers first, which is normal.
James is one of many clients I have with a similar story, he wanted to be fit and healthy as he get older and he's found he's able to do this with the help of personal training. If you would like to find out more about personal training with a free consultation please contact me using the mobile number at the top of the page or via the contact form below.