In recent years, gyms have become increasingly accessible to almost everyone. This is mainly due to the huge influx of budget gyms that we’ve seen over the past 5 years or so.
As a private gym owner, specialising in health and wellness coaching, you would might assume that I don’t like the idea of the ‘budget gym’. You would be wrong though. I think they have their place and as professional coach who wants to see the world fitter, healthier and happier, having exercise facilities accessible to as many people as possible is always a positive.
For experienced gym goers who are comfortable training independently, budget gyms represent excellent value for money.
In fact I actively encourage my students to join a budget gym to help supplement their programme with us, as they are usually well equipped and have enough equipment to get a really good full body workout. As long as you’re committed to making good use of your membership you can’t fail to get value out of it.
Sadly, we all know people who sign up with the best of intentions and only go a handful of times before giving up. All the while they’ll be paying their membership fees month after month, wasting their money without stepping foot in the door.
Don’t fall in to that trap, be honest with yourself! Either use it or lose it!
Budget gyms do have their flaws though. One of which is a by product of the business model. For the budget gym, it’s all about getting as many people on the books as possible. As a result peak times are usually packed. Getting access to everything you need can be a bit of a struggle. Many of them are open 24 hours though, and you can get free run of the place if you’re an early riser or if you have a flexible work/life routine.
Now on to coaching. Working with a personal trainer at a budget gym can be a mixed bag. I know because a lot of my students have worked with budget/commercial gym PT’s and expressed a bit cynicism about professional coaching when attending their success sessions with us.
I’m not saying that all PT’s in budget gyms are bad though. There are undoubtedly good trainers with years of experience, who care about their clients, but they can be a revolving door of inexperienced coaches.
I believe a facility like ours (DMC Fitness HQ) is a much better option for coaching. I’m extremely proud to have a staff of 5 highly experienced, specialist coaches who have been consistently working in the industry and delivering results for over a decade plus. I think our clients would agree that this helps give them confidence that they’ll get the results they are looking for.
No matter whether training with a specialist facility like DMC Fitness or with an experienced successful personal trainer in a budget gym, it’s always a positive step in your health and fitness journey that I totally encourage.
Until next time “Strength for Life”
Davie McConnachie is Scotland’s leading health and wellness coach, multi award-winning gym owner, motivational speaker and the founder of DMC Fitness, a fitness education facility known as the premier choice for 1-2-1 personal training. He has inspired thousands of people to fall in love with fitness – his true mission in life.
In his own fitness journey, Davie has athletically competed in Mixed Martial Arts fighting for Scottish and British titles, boxed for Scotland’s top amateur boxing team and competed internationally in Girevoy (kettlebell) Sport.
Diving into the world of sports and wellness has helped Davie to deal with his own inner demons. He. overcame many dark times using how own unique method to complete his cycle of H.E.A.L.I.N.G.