"I Can't Afford A Trainer" (Blog #150)
Approximately half a dozen times a week I talk to someone in person or via email inquiring about hiring a personal trainer. Many people see the value in a trained professional watching over their health and wellness. What stands out to me often is that the person who says they "just can't afford a personal trainer" also goes on to tell me that they either eat out everyday or go to the bar a few times a week. I have no beef with either of these life decisions if that's how a person wants to spend their time and money. I'm also a big believer in doing whatever you want in life as long as it doesn't hurt anyone else. Truthfully, it's not that a personal trainer is too expensive and you can't afford it; it's that the distribution of your monthly funds, and the priority of your health and wellness, don't take precedent over other choices.
Let's take a look at what happens when we crunch some numbers. Many people I talk to that "can't afford a trainer" are the same ones that stop at Dunkin' Donuts or Starbucks every morning for breakfast. Let's be really conservative here and say that their breakfast sandwich and coffee runs them about $6 dollars a day. Take that $6 and multiple it by (again, lets be conservative here) five days a week: $6 X 5 nays a week = $30 dollars a week for breakfast...That's $120 dollars a month. If you cut out the drive-thru breakfast, you just got yourself a gym membership and a trainer to help you out.
If we take that another step, imagine what can be saved if you skip the bar one or two nights a week! Imagine the possibilities if you just cut it down to one night a week. You'd not only be saving a lot of money that can be used for something more beneficial, but you'd also be saving your health. (Don't get me started on smokers! The last time I checked, a pack of cigarettes cost around $10 bucks a pack!)
I used to smoke. I used to eat out every single night of the week, usually multiple times. I never used to cook my meals at home, and I was always broke. I am speaking from tons of personal experience and a lot of research on the subject. What trainers do can really change a persons entire life. I hate when I see a person who I KNOW would benefit greatly from a good coach just brush it away and not make their health a priority. It's a golden opportunity for someone who may need strength, fat loss, confidence and to be surrounded by a solid team. Maybe it's just a lack of understanding how great the impact can and will be, or maybe it's just a lack of knowing how to rearrange the funds to make it happen.
Personally, I spent close to two years hitting up Starbucks every day and ordering a couple of breakfast sandwiches (yes, two at a time) and a coffee. I made sure to convince myself that it's ok because I have kids, I was buying a house, I have a business, and I'm just too busy to do it any other way. After looking closely at my daily spending habits, I realized that I was spending close to $12 dollars a day. Everyday! $12 X 7 days a week = $84 dollars a week / $84 X 4 Weeks = $336 a month on breakfast...That could be a car payment! That could be a gym membership and a bigger savings account! That could help wipe out credit card debt! You guys get the point...Now don't get me wrong, I still love my coffee , but now it's all about moderation.
Making a few tweaks here and there with your finances can open doors that you would never think possible. We all need motivation - especially when it comes to getting our butts to the gym. A good team, gym and coach create accountability for you. They take the thinking out of it so you can just show up every week and focus on pushing hard to move, look and feel great.
Where does your health fall in line when it comes to your priorities? Last time I checked, we have nothing if we don't have our health. Houses, cars, family, and stuff literally mean nothing if you aren't healthy enough to enjoy them.
Maybe it's time to reevaluate your priorities...