daily fitbattle #1073 (personal trainers, part 2 of 5…dollars and sense)


I’ve been in battle for 1073 days. Here are my nutrition stats for Monday:

calories 1498 1425 + 73
protein 148 grams 150 grams <2> grams
carbs 158 grams 150 grams + 8 grams
total fat 35 grams 25 grams + 10 grams

Here are my other stats for today:

Workout MORNING…stretching, treadmill for 12 min (6 min @ 6.3), 15 min on the stairmaster in the fat burning zone, 60 decline bench ab crunches, 15 min on the elliptical (level 12) in the fat burning zone.
EVENING…plan is stretching & Push of the Push/Pull Split w/ Chris
Successes I’m happy with my protein and carbs for yesterday
Opportunities If you’ve been paying attention the obvious question is how committed I am to my fat goal of 25 g per day? I really need to figure this out!

Personal Trainer? Yes, no, maybe…

This is part 2 of a 5-part series I’m covering this week on the topic of Personal Trainers and their role in the fitbattle.

Dollar$ and sense…

Let’s talk turkey. I started my fitbattle at 24-Hour Fitness. During the enrollment process I also signed up for a trial program with a Personal Trainer costing me $99 for three one-hour (really 50 minute) sessions. At the conclusion of the third session Kurt (my original trainer) asked if I would like to continue using his services and we reviewed the options.

I know what you are thinking…Personal Trainers are expensive. You are right! Personal Trainers are not cheap. I decided to meet with Kurt two times per week at the cost of $50 per session.

Okay let’s do the math – you are going to do it anyways. That’s $100 a week or $400 a month. Yes, a car payment.

The first wealth is health. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have no idea what value to put on my health and wellness. I do know that there is plenty of information out there demonstrating that being unhealthy carries a big price tag, up to and including death. I firmly believe that I am adding years to my life and I also believe that my improved health & fitness will save me far more than a monthly car payment, over time.

If I’d known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself. ~Eubie Blake (On his 100th Birthday)

Already convinced that a Personal Trainer is for you (and it’s only part 2 of my 5 part series)? You will most likely need to make some financial sacrifices (I’m assuming you do not have a spare $200-400 per month sitting around). There are a couple of factors that will impact the cost of using a trainer: the number of times you want to meet with him/her each week and if you prefer/require one-on-one attention. You can save on the per session cost by using a trainer that works with more than one person at a time.

Committed but this will make a financial dent? Being committed is more than half the battle…now just figure out what other expenses you can cut back on. Determine where a Personal Trainer lands on your list of priorities since it will be easier to give other things up if they are lower on your list.

This is both an emotional and financial commitment that you should not take lightly. If you are emotionally committed there’s no doubt you’ll find a way to make it work. So start slashing…number of cable channels, shoe shopping, eating in vs. eating out, iTunes, Starbucks, cigarettes??? What are you willing to give up to invest in your fitness journey?

If you are not emotionally committed don’t waste your money. Your emotional investment is much more important than your financial investment. Without it a Personal Trainer is not worth the money.

The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat. ~Napoleon Hill

Here’s a list and links to each of the 5 Parts of this series on the topic of Personal Trainers and their role in the fitbattle:

Part 1: Why I use a Personal Trainer
Part 2: Dollar$ and sense
Part 3: Benefits of using a Personal Trainer
Part 4: Choosing your Personal Trainer
Part 5: Getting the most out of your sessions

Until tomorrow… Kathi

2 Responses to “daily fitbattle #1073 (personal trainers, part 2 of 5…dollars and sense)”

  1. 1 Shannan

    hey there!

    how do you keep track of your nutrition info? is there a software program or system, you use? I think you discussed this in an earlier blog…just point me there!

    thanks for the inspiration!

    Best –


  2. Hi Shannan!

    I use the Bodybugg (apex fitness) website, although I no longer wear the Bodybugg. The other option that I recently checked out is fitbit, but I haven’t used it yet. It does look similar and it’s free.

    Here’s a link to the blog where I explained the Bodybugg in detail: https://fitbattle.wordpress.com/2010/02/09/daily-fitbattle-1010/

    Here’s a link where you can check out the price for the Bodybugg web-only program: http://my.apexfitness.com/bb_direct/home.php

    And the fitbit can be found at: http://www.fitbit.com/signup

    You may want to try fitbit since it’s free first to see if it will work for you.

    Let me know if you have any more questions. KK

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