Working out sucks. I hate it with a passion because I find it so wasteful to expend energy on doing nothing. I would rather use the energy to build a house in Somalia, landscape the backyard, or play sports than lift some stupid weights. That said, working out is also convenient because there’s a gym right across from me that I attend before every team or client dinner outing. I figure I better pump some iron and jog a little before blitzing my diet!
One of my goals in 2016 is to win a tennis tournament. To do so, I have to improve my endurance given I faded in both tournaments since we had to play back to back matches each day. The season really gears up in March, leaving me with a solid two months to get in shape. I know there is no way in hell I will be able to go to the gym 3X or more a week so I’ve thought about enlisting a personal trainer for help.
THE BIG BUCKS MIGHT BE WORTH IT
For $795, I get 10 one hour sessions with any trainer of my choice at my local club. Yes, $795 sounds like a ridiculous amount of money, which is part of the reason why hiring a PT might just work! If you’re spending $79.5 a session, it’s likely you will always attend and work your butt off to see results. If the sessions were free, I’d probably slack off here and there until I don’t go at all. Think about how often you go to your gym’s free classes. If you’re honest, the answer is not as much as you should.
I always thought hiring a physical trainer was for clueless rich people who need a lot of hand holding. I mean come on, who can’t read the little instructions on the machine and move one’s arms back and forth? Who can’t go on Youtube and watch a workout video and emulate what they’ve seen at the gym? And then I realized, maybe it’s not all just about getting fit.
WHY DO I FEEL GUILTY?
As I was surveying the 12 trainer’s bios with pictures on the wall, I found myself gravitating towards a very fit and attractive looking woman. I could choose the beefcake body builder guy, the Madonna-arms looking woman, the crazy-eyed man, the woman in this post’s picture (momeee), or this attractive looking woman named Meredith. Who would you choose if you had the choice?
Meredith has three years of personal training experience and is obviously in great shape. She’s an ex-athlete herself and can empathize with me on all the mental anguish that athletes go through during crucial match scenarios. I met her in person and she’s very friendly and fun to talk to. She invited me to observe her train one fella and I obliged. She was terrific and her client obviously felt the same when he told me to jokingly “get in line“.
Do you remember in school where there was this really hot girl (or guy) in your class you had a crush on? The class could be the most boring subject on Earth, but it didn’t matter because you got a chance to see her for 50 minutes. A personal trainer like Meredith is like that. She makes you automatically want to get in shape because she’s very attractive and you develop this unconscious desire to look good for her. OK, maybe it’s a very conscious desire since you’re scheming to ask her out once you’re ripped. She not only introduces you to some great exercises, she’s also 100% behind you for a full hour. Some people pay thousands of dollars an hour for this type of companionship. Just ask Elliot Spitzer or Charlie Sheen!
So what do you think folks? I know that if I spend $795 for 10 sessions with Meredith, I will be in the best shape of my life and ready to achieve one of my many goals for 2011 of winning a tennis tournament.
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Updated for 2016 and beyond.