Is It Worth The Splurge?


by Brandi Savitt – September 27th, 2012

Paying Big Bucks to Exercise

As a pretty faithful exerciser, over the last four years I have splurged on private training sessions at my gym.  Most Tuesday mornings, at 6:15AM, I drag myself out of bed, walk to the gym, and get my butt kicked by my trainer.  And I love it.

To manage my cash flow, I typically buy my sessions in 4 packs, and when I travel for work (which I do frequently), I just tell my trainer in advance, she fills my Tuesday spot, and I am never charged.  Although it’s been quite an investment over time, paying for personalized workouts has been totally worth it for me – that is until…

Changing of the Rules

Last week I received an email from my trainer informing me that the gym had changed their personal training deals.  They no longer offer my 4 session pack – so I’ll have to buy either 8, 12 or 24 session packages at a time from now on.  And while I’d get about an $8 discount per session, if I go for the the 24 sessions ( a $192 savings), that also means that I’d have to layout $1,848 all at once to get that discount – say what…?!

A Luxury Turned Even More Elite

Not only do I think that eliminating the 4 pack is a bold move for beginners who are just looking to learn a few moves from a trainer, but it also – at minimum -  doubles the the upfront cash required for any member to purchase training sessions.  Not cool!

The Alternative “Option”

As an alternative, the gym decided to offer a new package of 4 personal training sessions per month - for a 6 month commitment – at $276 per month.  This offer is actually the best the deal out of the bunch. It works out to $16 less per session than buying a regular 8 pack.  But of course there’s a catch.  You have to use ALL 4 sessions each month – no rollovers to the next month allowed!  So, if I travel, I’ll have to double up one week or be willing to eat it.

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2 Responses to “Is It Worth The Splurge?”

  1. carol says:

    That’s a tough one. It might be a nice change of pace to change up your workout routine after four years of being committed to the personal trainer. But, I myself am a creature of habit. I saw a personal trainer twice a week for 2 and a half years. She moved out of my neighborhood and that was it, I was done. I tried the gym but I needed to know that the trainer was counting on me to show up in order to stay committed. I say pull together the money and stick with your routine!

  2. Sue Kiene says:

    Let’s look at it from another angle. I would say that in these trying economic times there are going to be quite a few people besides yourself that are going to gave the same concerns so maybe with fewer people plopping down their money for the sessions they will rethink the whole thing. Hang tight and good luck.

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