There is never a better time to work out and get fit. Nowadays,
gyms are popping up everywhere and it is extremely convenient for people
visit a gym.
Decided to join a fitness club and
start losing some weight? How do the larger, flashier commercial gyms
compare with the smaller, more humble private gyms? Find out now!
Cost of Memberships
most cases, membership prices to large commercial gyms or smaller
private gyms are similar. However, in some cases, when you sign up for
personal training services with a private gym, they offer you to train
at their facility for free. The same is not true for large commercial
Commercial Gyms – 0
Private Gyms - 1
Cost and Quality of Personal Trainers
is one area where the author thinks that the personal training system
of commercial gyms is very unfair, both to their consumers and to their
hardworking trainers. Let me explain. The rates for an hour long
personal training session with a large commercial gym costs about $80.
At this rate it is not very different from private gyms. However, what
you don’t realise is that out of this $80, a very large percentage of
the fee goes back to the club and the trainer only receives a meagre
leftover. The sum of money paid to the gym is justified as the trainers
are allowed to train their clients using the club’s facilities. But
wait! Are the clients not paying for their membership to the gym
already? Paying for personal training and having a large chunk of it go
back to the gym for usage of equipment means that consumers are paying
double for membership! This is ridiculous!
from here, it is well known that good personal trainers are not found
in large commercial gyms (there are exceptions of course) due to the
fact that the pay is so low that the capable ones would rather go
freelance. Thus the turnover rate for personal trainers is high and most
do not stay long enough to gain enough experience to help their clients
reach their goals effectively.
In addition to
this, some large commercial gyms now do not even require new staff to be
certified as a personal trainer. All you need to do is to prove
yourself to be a powerful salesman and chances are you’ll enter the
company, undergo some in house courses that they provide and tada!
you’re a personal trainer. This pathetic situation is also partly due
the non existence of a regulation body for personal trainers. Anyone can
call themselves a personal trainer. The next time you come across a
personal trainer from a large commercial gym, ask them for the
certifications they hold, the amount of experience they have as well as
the rates at which they charge. You’ll be surprised!
dark secret that large commercial clubs don’t want you to know is their
sales and marketing system that requires that all personal trainers to
hit a certain quota in order not to get the boot. This extremely
competitive, cut throat environment causes personal trainers to come up
with a lot of hard sell tactics (instead of focusing on fitness) and
makes for a really unpleasant training environment where you know that
the next personal trainer who comes up to talk to you is trying to sell
you a package. And how come this happens? It is due to the incompetency
of the personal trainers to achieve results with their clients,
subsequently losing them and so the need arises to seek more clients.
Commercial Gyms – 0
Private Gyms - 2
commercial gyms are so spacious, it is natural that they are packed
with more equipment, even with some being labelled as ‘cutting edge’.
Sometimes what you can find at smaller private gyms may just be a rack
of dumbbells, a set of barbell with weight plates and some basic cardio
Do you feel cheated since the membership
fees are the same? Hang on! What you don’t realise is that free weights
(dumbbells and barbells) are much more superior to machine training.
Here is a quick summary of why machine training sucks:
Lack of use of stabilizing muscles
distribution of weight (with the stronger side ‘helping’ the weaker
side, the strong side gets stronger and the weak side gets weaker)
Fixed planes of movement (movement is uniquely different for different individuals)
better now? The truth is that the best gyms only have the most basic
equipment. Of course large commercial gyms have these basic tools as
well. You just have to learn techniques to executing the exercises using
free weights and be on your way to a better body. And what better way
to learn the ropes than to get a personal trainer for one on one
gyms nowadays are large and highly visible but if you dig hard enough
you can actually find even more private gyms littered all over
Singapore, most of them at locations convenient for you.
this category, private gyms win, hands down. Unless you visit a
commercial in the wee hours, there is a substantial number of members
using the gym any time. Sometimes it is so packed that people literally
queue up to use the treadmills. Many private gyms do not sell ordinary
memberships and only allow usage of the gym when the client is
accompanied with the gym’s personal trainer. With proper planning and
allocation of slots, this helps to control the number of people in the
gym at any one time.
Commercial Gyms – 0
Private Gyms - 3
you have it - Commercial Gyms 0, Private Gyms 3. So the next time
you’re stepping into a large commercial gym, think about whether you are
really getting your money’s worth.