As I mentioned yesterday I, after a six month hiatus, re-joined California Family Fitness last month. My head just wasn't in the game before.
Even before coming back, I vacillated for a good three months between Gold's Gym and CFF. The clubs are across the street from each other, so location wasn't an issue. Gold's Gym is dirt cheap. I could have had both kids, my brother and myself on a 15 month membership at Gold's Gym for 1/3 less than I pay CFF for 12 months.
But the bottom-line is as a less-than-fit woman, I feel more comfortable at CFF. Gold's Gym has a lot of muscle-bound testosterone-driven manly-men (fun to watch when you're killing time on the treadmill) who get a little territorial over their space. Honestly I left 24 fitness eight years ago because I got tired of dealing with that sort of mentality.
When you sign up, you automatically get three free sessions with a Personal Trainer. When I dropped the weight last time I worked with a trainer. Several trainers. Working with one helps, especially if you are not very comfortable with the machines. Frankly sometimes I'm a wuss and it's nice to have someone, who really knows what they are doing, push you.
The problem with PT's today is that most of them don't know what they are doing. They're given a standard program and turned loose on a population that doesn't know any better. Be careful in your choice. Remember it is your choice. You are not obligated to take whomever the club throws at you. You are the consumer.
So you decide to get a PT, what next? Interview them before you start. Take them for a test drive. It's no different than getting your taxes done. Find what their qualifications are. What are their attitudes concerning fitness? Do they have a calling? I know that sounds kinda weird but if I'm going to work with a trainer I want them to be committed to health and most of all, safety. I want them to be able to adjust my work-out. My needs or body type won't fit what the manual says. Are they profesional and respectful? Training a person who only has 20, 30, 40 pounds to lose is vastly easier than training someone who has hundreds.
When I first worked with a trainer at 24 Hour Fitness years ago- they set me up with a muscle-bound humongous, huge guy. He was a mountain. I've never in my life have I seen someone so large. Unfortunately he also had the personality of a mountain and I needed help. I needed someone on my side. I switched over to JT next and a female body builder after JT left and they were exactly what I needed.
They taught me the right moves, how to hold position, how fast to go, or slow depending on the exercise. They pushed or coddled and helped me with my nutrition. They babied me when I needed it and pushed me on the days I didn't feel like I could lift even one more time. It was to their credit I lost 135 lbs.
For now no personal trainer for me. Later- when I hit a Plateau, when I need someone to push and coddle and baby me into losing 20 more pounds, well I have them on speed dial.