Staying fit is expensive - there’s the basic gym membership, the additional spinning classes at the weekends, the latest Lululemon gear – it all adds up. So for many of us, the thought of also paying for a personal trainer can seem like a ridiculous luxury. And for those of us who already know our way around a gym – can a PT really provide anything that you couldn’t just do on your own?
But bespoke, tailored fitness certainly has its benefits. Our bodies are unique and optimal fitness is a never a one-size-fits-all package – perhaps a personalised approach is the best way to get the most out of your workout. But when the average price for a PT session in London is £50-£60 per hour (it’s closer to £40 outside the capital), it’s a decision that can’t be made lightly. We spoke to some experts and gym-goers to find out if it’s really worth shelling out your hard-earned for a one-to-one session.
If the gym has never been your thing, then paying for a PT makes sense. If you’re terrified of dumbbells and can’t work out how to turn the treadmill on, investing in someone to show the basics seems like a wise idea. Aimee always had a complicated relationship with fitness. Not being naturally sporty, she found herself in a workout rut, but her personal trainer changed everything. ‘I’m not exaggerating when I say my PT, Georgia, changed my life,’ Aimee tells Metro.co.uk.
"For as long as I can remember, I have had a turbulent relationship with my body and it’s ability to do sport. I’ve never been gifted in the sports department and, to be truthful, I was terrified that everyone would be laughing at the fat girl trying to do a burpee."
My PT changed that. I started seeing her around two years ago after becoming increasingly bored of pounding miles away on the treadmill – and the shin splints and self-hatred that came with it. ‘I told Georgia what I wanted to achieve – to feel good in my own skin and strong – and she taught me how to lift weights. ‘I see her once a month (at £48 per session) where she gives me a routine I can do alone three to four times a week. ‘In the sessions we concentrate on getting my technique right and trying new exercises – something I would never be able to do alone. She’s given me confidence to walk into a weights room and be happy in my skin.’ It’s a common misconception that personal trainers are nothing more than drill sergeants, barking at you to keep doing press ups until your arms turn to jelly and you want to throw up. But if you find a good PT . . .