People spend triple on their cable than they are willing to spend on fitness!
I’ve been thinking about the cost of personal and small group training.
Is it too expensive?
I was recently asked for my recommendation – she was willing to spend $30/month for a gym with classes and kickboxing. I had no solid recommendations – as those facilities do not offer programs that I would generally recommend. I offered some guidelines for what to ask, such as are the instructors certified?, but I didn’t have much to say.
The average American spends $86 per month on cable (does not include internet or phone).
Fifty-six percent of Americans have a smartphone – average cost is $200 for the phone (with a 2-year contract) and $71 a month – versus $36 per month for those “dumb” phones (from the CTIA Wireless Association).
The average American adult spends $2295 a year on alcohol.
A little perspective
Compare this to what she is willing to spend on fitness.
$30 x 12 months = $360 a year.
$852 or more a year for a cell phone. $2296 a year for alcohol. A measly $360 a year for fitness.
This makes me sad.
Life costs money
Please do not get me wrong, I do realize personal training can be expensive. That is why I choose to offer different levels of service. Small group training and classes make fitness more affordable. As to not be a hypocrite, let me be honest with you.
Do I have a smartphone? Yes. And I could probably do without, but it would make some of my business dealings more difficult.
Do I have cable? No. I do not even own a television.
Do I buy alcohol? Rarely. I do not have an iPad or tablet. I rarely eat out – eating healthy at home saves money and calories.
My frivolous spending is limited to coffee (black, no fru-fru drinks) and the occasional pair of shoes (which I have to be able to wear for work).
I am not saying that everyone can afford personal training and should hire a personal trainer. There are many individuals out there who truly cannot afford it. I am just sharing a little perspective.
Think about where you spend your hard-earned money – is this spending improving the quality of your life?
And as always, if you are working with or thinking about working with a trainer, make sure he or she is a qualified professional.
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