Personal training can be expensive and I wouldn’t even know where to start to find the right trainer for me. I happened to meeting Ross Bradly, a trainer at CrossTown Fitness in the West Loop, and he showed me what 1:1 personal training is all about.
Pros: You get 1:1 attention, form is a main focus, and the trainer adapts to your personal fitness level (instead of pushing yourself beyond your capabilities in a group fitness class). It is also great for someone just getting into fitness and isn’t comfortable jumping right into a group fitness class.
Cons: It can be a bit awkward at first (especially if your trainer is good looking, which mine was!). You also lack the motivation from others around you, because lets be honest, it is nice to suffer with others (even if those others are strangers!).
Is it worth it? Personally I’m not into the whole personal training thing, unless I can bring my friends, in which case it becomes a group fitness class (which defeats the purpose!). It is also a bit pricey. Like I said earlier, I would recommend PT for a newbie, someone looking to really focus on form, or someone who needs to be held accountable to get to the gym!
Trainer: Ross Bradly
He was super friendly right when I walked in and made me feel comfortable. It can be a little awkward if you haven’t ever had a 1:1 personal training session before (which I hadn’t) because all eyes are on you. He quickly caught onto my fitness level and pushed me to do exercises that were challenging, but at the same time doable. This guy definitely knows what he is talking about when it comes to fitness. He was a 2 time All-American gymnast at U of I as well as a member of Cirque Du Soleil as an acrobat. He was in the show ‘O’ in Las Vegas and ‘Alegria’ as it toured Europe!
Gym: CrossTown Fitness (http://crosstownfitness.com/) in the West Loop (prices below)
4 Pack: $80 Each
8 Pack: $75 Each
12 Pack: $70 each (MOST POPLUAR)
*Add $5 per session for peak training time slots M-F 5-8am 5-8pm Sunday 7-5pm
*Add $20 per session for partner training