Recently, I’ve taken to the internetz to research new trainers and fitness options.
Not that I’m against my current set-up, because I’m not. It’s served me well during my time there, but I want to see what’s out there and make an informed decision about achieving the goals that I’ve set out for myself.
That’s uber important to me.
I live in Newfoundland and Labrador. It’s on the far east of Canada. In fact I’m just a few kilometres away from the most easterly point on the continent. This province has been dubbed “the fattest province in the country” by statisticians — we have an obesity rate of over 71%.
And I’m right down the pipeline of that stat. I know it. I still am. And will be for a little while.
All that being said, you can imagine my surprise when I started researching gyms, fitness programs, and trainers and discovered dozens and dozens of alternatives. There were so many, I lost track of them. My head was on a swivel trying to keep up with them.
It seems there’s a personal trainer, crossfit centre, yoga studio, pilates outfit, boot camp, and “sexy for santa” shop ever five feet around here.
I mean, you can’t throw a kettlebell without hitting one.
Once I started venturing deeper into the maelstrom of options, I began to notice a disturbing trend.
Many of these places refuse to list pricing on their websites.
And, I’m gonna say it, that’s some bullshit right there.
If I require almost any service known to mankind, I can pretty easily find out how much it costs. Haircut, therapy, massage — you name it, there’s a cost to those things, and that cost is readily available for the customer.
But for many of these fitness places the cost is hidden. Tucked behind a shroud of jargon and not-so-clever marketing tactics.
And when you write to some of these places and ask about pricing — often times you’ll get quoted back an enormous number, but right below that gargantuan number you’ll often get this wonderful line:
“You can’t put a price on your health.”
Fucking watch me.
You can’t put a price on your health? Why not? You certainly have.
Health expands beyond the realm of physical activity. You need to be able to pay your bills, your mortgage, buy healthy foods — you need to live your fucking life.
It’s no good to go out and pay an extravagant amount of money to an individual or gym if at the end of the day you can’t keep your lights on.
And there are a lot of people out there who can’t come close to affording any of this stuff. What about them?
In the back of my mind as I was researching options, all I could think about were individuals on low or fixed incomes who want to make a difference in their lives, but have absolutely no way of getting that help. Because, financially, it would be impossible.
You can’t put a price on your health?
Shame on you.
Using poorly thought out, guilt-ridden marketing bibble-babble on a culture of people who — for the most part — feel tremendous guilt about needing to avail of a trainer in the first place is just flat-out greasy.
It just is.
My advice: search hard. Options are out there. There are trainers who care about you and their business equally.
The last place I was at was inside a university. And the personal training there was 30 dollars a session. Which I used either once a week, or once every two weeks depending on where I was in the routines.
That’s the most affordable place I know of.
During my research I discovered places that charge upwards of a thousand dollars a month for training. And while, I’m sure that those trainers would have yielded excellent results — I have to keep my lights on.
When this province began to see prosperity, people would say — “with oil money comes crime”.
But now that this province has been recognized as having the highest obesity rate in the country, we’re seeing something else — fitness gurus.
Not all of them as altruistic as they seem.
This is not meant to discourage anyone searching for help. Nor is it to condemn places for trying to make a difference in the lives of people who both need it (and can afford it).
And for those gyms, trainers, studios, warehouses out there who may or may not be reading this: obese people understand guilt. They don’t need to be reminded like some toddler who has dipped his hand in the cookie jar.
We’re fat. Not five.
Health IS terribly important.
But so is honesty, integrity, and care.
Three things that truly are, in every sense of the word, invaluable.