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    Current rates for personal trainers in Fitness First

    I've bene lurking around here for a bit and read some of the posts on gyms and personal fitness - but some of it was pretty dated so I'm raising this question again.

    I recently joined Fitness First @Taikoo - mostly because its the nearest to my office. They have this promotion for 3 sessions with a PT when you first joined and I've done my 3. The PT is okay in my opinion, I've never had one before though. I'm also generally quite fit and active (tennis fortnightly, hikes, last time I was actively training for the 22K run before I tore my planta fascia)

    Its been awhile since I joined a franchised gym like FF so I was surprised to see the TRX and boxing facilities there. (not a whole lot but some). Gyms have come a long way since the last time I had membership while in college!

    The PT has offered me 15,500 for 32 sessions (~485/s) or 9000 for 15 (600/s). Is this a reasonable rate for both offerings for a PT within FF? I also wanted to know if non-FF PTs could work with clients in FF gyms.

    My intention is les mills classes during my lunch hour and perhaps PT sessions 1x/week when I'm waiting for my late afternoon on-call meetings when they do not have any classes on offer.

    Anyone with thoughts and comments on this?

    Last edited by LyAndy; 23-08-2013 at 11:31 AM.

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    Argh... I am a member of the same gym and would steer clear of any of the PTs there, though this is based only on observation and not trial. Or maybe there is some fantastic morning/daytime PT who I have never seen before (then again I haven't seen anyone use the TRX/Muay Thai area either).

    What is it that you are looking for with a PT- is it motivation, correction of form, or an exercise routine? I'd only trust them, maybe, with the last point.

    If you are paying 500-600 a week on top of your normal gym rates for a PT, I'd suggest just joining one of the two nearby Crossfit gyms or doing something like Bootcamp over towards Happy Valley.

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    I have been a member of FF and used their PTs. Suffice to say, I am now a member of another gym and would not go back there or use their PTs if it were the last gym on Earth.

    I'm saying nothing else.

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    i tried out the TRX at FF on my first PT trainer session - the resulting back injury and physio cost made the 'free' session rather expensive after all


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    Im at Pure and much to my better judgement have forked out a shit load of cash on a PT and Boxing Coach and renewed both once. I may continue with the boxing when these lessons run out but i cant afford to keep both going.

    I think the rates im paying are HKD 600 and HKD 650 respectively. But they do go up to as much as 800 if you buy fewer sessions.

    The trainers are both pretty good imo.


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    I'm not a big fan of trainers at FF or Pure (I've tried both). There are rare individuals there who are good but these guys usually get out and set up on their own or move to a personal training gym.

    I know a couple of ex-Pure trainers and they say that the sales pressure on them was immense. It's all about sales and less about training. My shortlived experience with a FF trainer (at Taikoo) gave me the same impression. These guys are not going to push you hard to get results because they want you to keep coming back and paying them more money.

    However, to answer your question re. prices, rates in HK for PT are generally in the range HKD 600-800.

    If you want a good trainer who will beast you and work you harder than you've ever worked in your life, go to Ultimate Performance HK. They aren't cheap (you're looking at HKD 1000ish) but you will get dramatic results. I guess you get what you pay for! I would much rather have fewer sessions with UP than more with FF/Pure. Check them out online or on Facebook.


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    Ultimate Performance are great for body recomposition, but if you are looking to do any endurance races I would look elsewhere


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    Quote Originally Posted by Claire ex-ax:
    I have been a member of FF and used their PTs. Suffice to say, I am now a member of another gym and would not go back there or use their PTs if it were the last gym on Earth.

    I'm saying nothing else.
    I don't think you need to!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jw1701:
    i tried out the TRX at FF on my first PT trainer session - the resulting back injury and physio cost made the 'free' session rather expensive after all
    Mixing TRX and a typical gym PT would be akin to smoking in a fireworks factory. I have not once in the past year seen a PT correct form when they are with a client.

    Again, to the OP. If you are planning on spending 2000+ per month on training, there are much better, specialised options to look at that cost similar amounts of money.

    I guess some questions to ask yourself would be whether the PT that you have used as spent much time correcting your form if you're doing weighted excercise and whether they have been able to explain why they are suggesting certain modifications.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiz:
    Ultimate Performance are great for body recomposition, but if you are looking to do any endurance races I would look elsewhere
    I disagree. UP are perhaps best known for their strength training but they are also highly experienced at sports specific training (hence their very close relationship with Charles Poliquin, the most successful Olympic sports coach of all time). When I trained in their London gym, I saw quite a few leading sportspeople training there. Certainly several of their HK trainers are former international sports competitors.

    And no, I don't work for UP! However, I am a qualified fitness instructor and a former rower so I'm very picky about my training. I've always been involved in some form of sport or training for the last 25 years and UP are the best trainers I have ever come across. I was a UP client when I lived in London and I'm delighted that they're now in HK so I can train with them again. Yes, the prices make me wince but they deliver the results. I've spent the last 2 years in HK trying to find somewhere decent to train and it's been nigh on impossible. Now with UP opening and the presence of H Kore and Torq, the HK fitness world is looking much better!!!

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