As a health and wellness professional, I am all about trying to help people achieve fitness. When I say this, I mean it. I charge SUPER reasonable prices for my services and am willing to work with people’s budgets whenever possible.
I do not believe that exercise (of any kind) should be reserved for the Lululemon-toting population only and that’s why I’m not crazy about brands that charge the price of a compact car for a package of their classes.
Overpriced fitness classes are a d**k move.
In my opinion, these brands are promoting “you can’t sit with us” fitness, and it pisses me off.
I mean, the first time I read the price of a single boutique cycling class, I was sickened.
I know everybody is trying to make a buck in this industry – hey, we all gotta make a living.
But don’t even get me started on the cost of branded apparel.
I take issue with the athleisure racket going on these days.
A single pair of leggings that cost what a week’s worth of groceries for a family of four does? And they are only available in straight sizes (for the most part)?
I’m cool with celebrities having the best of the best and being able to afford $75 indoor fitness classes and $3500/month for a personal trainer, but this ploy to get regular people to participate in this bullshit is beyond me.
As a former Mad Dogg Athletics instructor, I can also say without any hesitation that some of these high-end boutique classes are bad for you. As in, they will likely injure you due to their heavy focus on exercise contraindications.
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Not that SoulCycle stands alone in this criticism. As a former instructor of a popular dance fitness class, I had to stop after the first year because the monthly license fees, insurance, music, and apparel were costing me more than it was worth.
I thought to myself, ‘I love to dance, but there is no reason why people should have to pay me $15/class so that I could afford to dress like MC Hammer and teach classes using corporate choreography.’
The bottom line is; I am just sick of elitism in the fitness world.
I know that they have always been there, but right now, in a time when more than 50% of people earn £20k ($30k USD) or less a year, the fact that people have to feel like shit about not being able to take the “hottest fitness classes” is absurd.
Want my professional advice? Oh, well, you’re gonna get it anyway: Find something you love to do that isn’t going to cost you 25% of your salary and go for it. There are plenty of free and inexpensive fitness programs out there.
Like, for instance, my jump-start workout eBook — which you can download it for free!
As well, if you’re interested, you can sign up for a service like Booya Fitness and get all the benefits of trendy, boutique fitness for a fraction of the cost. Sign up for a 30-Day free trial and check out specially designed workouts by coaches like yours truly (small additional fees apply – but are worth it!).
Getting fit can be effective and affordable. You don’t have to be part of an elite craze to get in shape.