I’ve never been one to practice a big sales pitch for training and coaching, I generally explain what it is that we do at Courage Performance, offer up a trial and let the experience speak for itself. But I have had a handful of situations over the years where a little more “help” needs to be employed. And this is generally when it comes to how much it costs.
A lot of trainers know and use this, but when I was training at a big gym in DC, the majority of my perspective clients were young professionals. The easiest way to get them to see things with a clearer perspective was to ask them how often they “went out”. Now, in DC, your average young professional would go out to grab drinks and dinner around 3-4 times per week. Your average drink is about $5-6 and most people would end up having 2-4 of them, along with a dinner usually costing around $30-40. If this average person cut back 1-2 days of this per week, they would easily pay for a training session a week. Now start to factor all the other things you send money on that are not really helping you true health and you begin to think a little more clearly.
Now, I understand this can be argued, and that is fine, it’s just a fun little thing to use to have people think about things differently. But I will say, in my many years of training and coaching, it really does get to me how people spend so much money on things that do not help them at all, and so little on things that really will help them. I spend most of my time working on ways to help legitimize the fitness industry so that it can be viewed as something that is actually worth spending money in (next blog post!), but every now and again I just want to slap some people around a bit.
Many people think that around $200 a month is too expensive to get incredibly detailed workout programs, high level coaching, a support group, and a healthier and happier life. Hell, they can spend $25-50 a month to attend their local Planet Fitness, or nothing to go out for a run. Yet will turn around and spend hundreds to get their hair cut a couple times a month, and their fingernails cut and polished for them. They spend thousands on a TV that is 6 inches larger than their last one and little visuals to make their house “more presentable”. It’s a million dollar industry to get your dog pampered more than most people could even dream of. Hell, some people will end up spending over $10 a day on just coffee! Make your own coffee, or cut back a ton and there’s your monthly gym membership right there.
I know it sounds like I just want people to come to my gym, but it’s actually not about that. It’s about a flawed view of what is important in life. I mean, if someone wants to commit their time and energy into their coffee, TV, fingernails, and dog, that’s their choice, I just think it’s really sad that those same people complain all the time about their weight, their stress levels, their general lack of health, and their happiness (or un-happiness).
Find out what’s wrong in your life, what’s missing, and spend your money on things that will help you fill THOSE things. And if you spend a ton of money on something you think will make you happy and it does not, then stop spending money on it! There is a lot that is just wrong in this world, and for some reason we all allow so ourselves to be told how we are supposed to live. We are pressured to look a certain way, and function in a specific way. Take that pressure off yourself and live your life that makes YOU and those closest to you happy. I’m surer you’ll have a lot less to bitch and moan about then, and you will rarely be throwing your money away on things that do nothing for you or anyone.
Never Stop, GET FIT.
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