This is a little post about why I feel you should opt to train at independently ran gyms rather than your traditional Big Chain Gyms.
Like most PT's/Fit Pro's I started my career working the rounds in all the usual suspects gyms, before setting up Sweat Shed and running a training facility the way I thought it should be done. My self proclaimed authority?? I was and still am an active/obsessive gymrat, I felt my opinion and outlook was so much more current and up to date than the majority of those who were/are in boardrooms across the country dictating how they want there countrywide gyms to look, No useless equipment! NO BOY BAND MUSIC!! No filler-token workouts!! A gym where training takes place?! Who'd have thought!?
How many gyms have you joined at this point in your life? 2? 3? more?
And why do you leave?? Is it pretty much the same reason every time?
You don't use it!? Going from 3-4 times a week to once a month!!
You didn't ever reach the dizzy fitness heights you set out to achieve and you felt were within your grasp the first day you stepped on that new gym floor.
You got bored? You never felt comfortable on your own in the gym, something you didn't account for when the staff were walking you round those first few visits!?
It's a trap!! Heed this warning!!
Big name gyms want to lure you in! With a new rucksack! A free PT session! A water bottle! But once you're in and signed up for 12 months, they couldn't care less!! They don't even want you there after that!
They prey on those impulse joiners! Who sign up, use the gym for a month, then are never seen again, why? because they are still paying??! But the gym doesn't even have to service that member!
At a Chain Gym members quickly become a small cog in a big machine, just another number. This environment leaves many bored and left feeling far from an integral part of the atmosphere they have signed their next 12 months away to.
They were wowed by the sales team! Falsely promised time and support from a fitness team member, who will be too busy cleaning to ever really help and now they are all alone with no clues walking on a treadmill with their goals moving further and further away.
At Sweat Shed I wanted to open the gym equivalent of the
"SOMETIMES YOU WANNA GO......
WHERE EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME..."
When you come to train at Sweat Shed, to start with I'm always there :) I'm the one with the keys ;)
I'm there to coach all the sessions, which have all been planned by me, You will be trained not left to your own devices to fend for yourself. There will be other members/clients around to help support and motivate you as they embark on their own personal fitness missions. Some friendly competition and turning up to your gym to see familiar faces means so much more than you could ever imagine.
Sweat Shed will have one long standing rule, if you want to train you're always welcome!! I'll go the extra mile and that will always be at the forefront of my thoughts to make sure you always feel a part of what goes down at Sweat Shed. You're opinions are welcome (and ignored! but always welcome:) and shape the way I set up the timetable and the style of sessions we run.
This Gym isn't 'my gym' it's 'our gym' If no body wants to come down and get sweaty then there is no gym! So this place I hope does feel personal, Even if you're not training in the Personal Training Program, you're not and never will be just a number. I'm only a phone call, email or Facebook message away to help in any way I can, that's my ongoing commitment to my clients to help as much as is physically possible! How's that for support and motivation??!!
Likewise all our other members are active in the social media field, encouraging each other; some gentle ribbing or just generally being friendly - we try to organise social events where we can. It's good to get to know you're peers away from the gym to really appreciate working out with them in it.
Sweat Shed like most other independent gyms would be classified as a small business. That's cool with me. Small is good in the area I'm involved if you ask me. I wanna stay small. I don't wanna lose everything that being small allows. I wanna know everybody's name, I wanna teach the majority if not all the sessions, I wanna make each individual clients goal in a small part my own as well by helping them get to where they want/need to get!! That's why I work as a trainer. The gym gets big, it stops being a gym and starts being a business......BORING!!!!
Next time you're at your gym ask a staff member if they know your name?
Then ask them what you're training for? or anything about your recent progress?
Greeted with a blank face?? Hmm thought so! It's no jibe at the instructors, just the set up, how can they know you and all your details when they deal with 1000's of people a week?
If you ask me when it comes to training isn't it better your gym resembles "CHEERS" more than "GLASTONBURY"
- Don't believe what 'Cosmo' says, sometimes smaller is better!
Nothing compares to some personal attention and being included in the inner circle and most of all being appreciated and noticed!