Being in the gym can either be a great experience for you or a terrible one. I experienced both. The insane part about it, is that I would experience both sometimes in the same day, or even the same hour. I was a personal trainer in a gym for 8 years. It was a limiting experience because of gym protocols and limited time with clients. Being unable to provide the quality service that my clients actually needed became frustrating.
One example is the beloved 1 hour session. I blocked out an hour of time to meet with potential clients, and personal training clients. When I first started in the business I thought this was the silver lining of the career. It wasn't.
When you walked in the door, my clock was already ticking. As you were walking up to me I had already started to pick your physical attributes apart. The conversation in my head sounded a lot like this. "Tight hamstrings, duck feet, tight chest, and definitely sedentary." I am open minded, and I don't believe in judging a book by its cover. But there was a shot clock that started the moment your hour started with me. I needed to hear your story, and you had to learn something about me in a short amount of time. It's a lot like speed dating in hyperdrive. Except I had to convince you why you should spend $500-$1,000/month dollars on me and not why you should go out with me for drinks.
I need to research on who made the rule that all personal training sessions should last one hour. They made a huge mistake with that protocol. An effective workout is hardly ever exactly 1 hour in time. Some protocols call for 45 minutes, some an hour and a half up to 2 hours. Individuals that were brand new to any kind of physical exercise that only need 30 minutes. In the instances where I had 60 minutes with a client that only needed 30 presented quite the dilemma. I can't count how many times I had to fill time with conversation about what they had on the schedule for the weekend. Or pointless movements because I knew they needed to get there 'moneys' worth.
It was so frustrating.
Training should dictate business practices and not vice versa. The only way I avoided a scheduling nightmare, and provided a steady income was to stick to that strict schedule.
I couldn't be happier that I don't have that as my reality anymore. With WebFit as the tool, I changed the rules. Unlimited communication, unlimited support and motivation is forever in the forefront. Designing programs that fit your needs and goals with no time fillers or wasters.
Chuck and I had one goal in mind when we created WebFit. To create a new lane in the health and fitness industry by doing things right. We are off to a good start.