Thursday, November 17, 2011
**This will probably be long and rambly...I apologize in advance!**
Tuesday night I had a free physical health assessment test with my new gym (Golds). I knew it was going to be figuring out my BMI/Body Fat Percentage, where I am health wise and so on, but the whole thing kind of threw me for a loop...
I get there and of course this trainger is BUFF. Muscles on muscles and physically fit. He gets some information about me and asks my weight. I tell him it is 292 and he gives me the once over... I ignore it. I then have to hold my hands onto this machine that gets my heart rate and body fat percentage (45.9... eech!) He immediately starts talking about how that number is too high and how we have to get it down and focusing on that number more than anything else. I understand that its high, I understand that its not his (he had to tell me his was 21), but I'm working on it!! He asks if I've been eating healthy and working out and I told him I do the elliptical every day for about 45-65 minutes and eat around 1400 calories. I tell him that I have lost 40 pounds since August and all he says is "You're doing it wrong."
Don't congratulate me or nod your head in approval or anything... scold me and tell me I'm doing it wrong! He finally started to explain that because I haven't started weight lifting yet, I am not incorporating everything I need to to lose weight the right way. I know I need to start weight lifting, I just wanted to get my weight lower so that when I did start to weight lift, I felt ok doing it next to the big guys in the back, hanging on the machines all the time.
The whole time he's telling me this he's looking around blankly, not focusing on me or what's going on, just spewing information. He then says that he wants to see where I'm at physically. He puts me on a bike for 4 minutes and tells me to keep it above 65. No problem, piece of cake. Next was squats holding a weight out straight in front of me. This one was harder, something I know I'm going to work on (after this week, my legs are KILLING ME right now from those 30 squats!) We did a few more exercises and we go back to his desk and puts some information into the computer. He doesn't tell me how I did, what I need to work on, where I'm at or anything. He presses a button and viola... Prices for physical training appear. For two times a week for a year it says $312. For one time a week for a year it says $254... I think these prices are fine, I'm about ready to sign up when he springs it on me... These are per month....
I'm sorry? Excuse me? $312 a MONTH?! That's $39 a session... that's $3,744 a YEAR! Are you insane? You must be, because with that amount of money I could go on vacation, TWICE, or put a downpayment on a car or any number of things. I understand its to get me healthy, but I'm already paying for a gym membership and using it much to my advantage so no thanks!!!
I guess I didn't expect it to be a sales pitch... I expected it to be a "here's where you are, here's where you want to be" type thing.
So overall, other than the not weight lifting... Am I doing it wrong? I can't afford a physical trainer for that amount. I'd be able to spend maybe $90 a month, but any more than that is just insane to me... I have bills to pay just like anybody else.
If I don't weight lift is my body fat percentage going to decrease a lot slower than it would if I was? I'm going to start on Monday, but I had to get that guy outta my head... "you're doing it wrong" Grr!