Over the last few years, the fitness industry in North Carolina has had its ups and downs and when the infamous Peak Fitness closed many of its locations, many exercise members were left with a bad taste in their mouth concerning the fitness industry.
Several health clubs and personal training studios have opened up in Raleigh over the last few years. Each is trying to be better than their competition by offering more luxury, amenities, and lower priced products and services. One of the most popular services offered by health facilities is personal training.
Some clubs set up personal training so that clients can purchase them “per session” or pay as they go while others make you commit to a “program” for at least six months. These longer commitments will set up clients to meet with their trainer anywhere from once a month up to five times a week by showing the client the “value” of working with a trainer.
By showing the client “value,” they are actually creating a draft for their club which guarantees money from you every month. Don’t be fooled into signing up for one of these programs because once you sign it, they make it nearly impossible and a hassle to get out of the contract. They are legal contracts; and if a club were to close down, like Peak Fitness, members will not be reimbursed for lost services.
Most of the large health facilities offer personal training but many of these trainers are far from being qualified and are an insult to the fitness industry. In Raleigh, the best option is to hire an independent trainer with experience, certification, and an Exercise Sport Science or Kinesiology degree. Do not be afraid to ask the personal trainer for proof of these credentials. With the amount of under-qualified trainers in Raleigh, North Carolina, it is important to make sure you are hiring the best that is available.
A search on Google.com for personal trainers in Raleigh provides several hits for larger facilities but an independent training company, ITB Fitness also appears. This company offers in-home training, fitness consultations, group classes, and one-on-one personal training in a corporate setting. The company and staff are well-respected, organized, and nationally recognized certified fitness professionals.
Remember, be sure to research all your available resources and talk to friends who workout or who work with a personal trainer. Referrals are the best way to find trainers and they are the best complement a trainer can receive.