Burning calories should be your goal to maximize how your abs look.
Think of ab workouts like this; you are offered a job paying $8 and hour and another job paying $25 an hour. The $25 per hour job would be the lunges, squats, deadlifts, and bench presses helping you reach your goals faster. The $10 per hour job is you laying on the floor working 3 times harder performing sit ups to obtain results.
Work where you maximize results. Cardioand large muscle group exercises will burn fat faster giving you the smoother stomach or 6-pack you desire in a shorter amount of time!
Next time you want a nicer stomach think less crunches more large body part movements!
This money-saving primer on Anchoring (Economics Principles) teaches you how to tactfully use numbers during negotiations to tip the deal in your favor. This article shows you how to save top dollar on anything you purchase!
Have you ever bought a car?
There is a good chance you experienced anchoring. Sciencedaily.com defines anchoring as,
“…the common human tendency to rely too heavily, or ‘anchor’, on one trait or piece of information when making decisions.
During normal decision making, individuals anchor, or overly rely, on specific information or a specific value and then adjust to that value to account for other elements of the circumstance.”
Let’s take a look at anchoring in action: a real world car buying example…
When you purchase a car, the price tag or MSRP is an “anchor”.
Imagine you are buying a 2014 Chevy Cruze with a MSRP of $15,995. This price is the anchor.
The high MSRP is a fictitious number used to make you think of a high price and feel good about paying any amount less than the MSRP number. But…
There is a very good chance the dealer paid $13,500 for this car. This is known as the invoice price which few consumers understand or know they can use to their negotiating advantage.
Why does this matter to you? You are sold on the HIGH MSRP of $15,995. The dealer hopes you bite for the higher number (the anchor) and attempt to negotiate down from their high price. You will lose money by doing this.
You need to find the LOWER anchor, or the invoice price, and force the dealer to negotiate up. This method will save you money. You must ignore the MSRP because it means nothing! It is a false anchor made up to maximize profit!
The anchor is a point of reference for both parties in the transaction. (Realtors do the same thing) The dealer prefers to start high and work lower making them look like the good guy giving you a discount from a fictitious price. You need to work for your interest and start low and make them attempt to negotiate up.
It is simple. Would you rather pay $15,495 or $14,400 for the same car? Anchoring is very powerful. Never start high and work down. Now you know to start low and work up: Save yourself a lot of money!
Did you know your ability to QUESTION is a hidden power?
2,400 years ago an ancient philosopher by the name of Socrates inadvertently created the “Socratic Method” helping people persuade one-another and themselves for ages.
Now see how using questions can improve your daily interactions!
Of course this sounds a bit odd at first, until you think about it like this…
Next time you go out to eat, ask the server, “What do you think is the best item on the menu?”
When the server says, “I suggest you have the filet mignon because it is delicious.” You should say, “What is wrong with the fish?”
Let them backtrack and tell you how good the fish is. Then when they do that, ask them, “Then why didn’t you suggest the fish if it is so tasty?” (This makes for a very fun word/consistency game)
You have the ability and POWER to doubt and question what people tell you. Questioning every day interactions and giving a second thought to subtle social cues will change your life forever.
How are QUESTIONS a hidden power? Asking questions verifies that your interests and needs are being met.
Questions are very powerful. They makes the other person speak up giving you the answers and knowledge you seek!
Some refer to this as the “Socratic Method” …
named after the classical GreekphilosopherSocrates, is a form of inquiry and discussion between individuals, based on asking and answering questions to stimulate critical thinking and to illuminate ideas. It is a dialectical method, often involving a discussion in which the defense of one point of view is questioned; one participant may lead another to contradict himself in some way, thus strengthening the inquirer’s own point. – Wikipedia
Cognitive dissonance, the excessive mental stress and discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time has a lot to do with our decisions and reactions to events post-choice.
In the photo, Benjamin Franklin spoke about how we react to our choices and decisions while discussing cognitive dissonance.
When you realize you make the decisions, you can change your life at anytime!
Change your attitude first, then your actions and you are ready for great success! No matter which way you choose, you will choose correctly.
Some of us choose to eat more and move less, then complain about weight gain. Others choose to eat less and move more, and enjoy the weight loss and fun fitness lifestyle!
As a personal trainer I take you behind-the-scenes to explain why personal training is expensive to save you $1,000’s.
In my 16+ years as a personal trainer, I noted 3 reasons less than 2% of gym members hire personal trainers.
*Disclaimer: Not all gyms or health clubs operate under the aggressive sales structures you will read about below. This article is for general awareness and advice.*
My video below explains how expensive personal training (fees/prices) prevents you from losing weight!
Why Personal Training is Expensive – Reason 1: 100% Commission pay structure
Many high-end health club personal trainers have NO base salary and work on 100% commission. This pay structure creates a gym culture of high-pressure personal training sales and lackluster customer service.
This is NOT a fault of the trainer; this is a fault of the for-profit fitness industry structure.
You the consumer end up paying 300% inflated prices to cover management bonuses and commission tips!
This is called conflict of interest: Your personal trainer has to sell as many products and services to maximize his or her paycheck. How does that help you improve your health?
You the gym member are stuck with 2 options:
1. Pay personal training fees to learn how to exercise.
2. Skip the personal trainer and figure out how to exercise on your own.
Why Personal Training is Expensive – Reason 2: Monthly sales goals & Financial incentives to SELL More:
At one for-profit health club I worked in (Lifetime aka LifeCRime Fitness), management incentivized personal trainers to sell more products/services to earn higher commissions:
The more personal training sessions a personal trainer sells you, the higher their commission percentage…
This means personal trainers need to sell you MORE sessions to get a bigger paycheck! BUYER BEWARE!
This is where the personal training package sales pressure comes into play…Everything is based off how well personal trainers can sell. (You end up with a bunch of skilled personal trainers turned corporate sales zombies by the $sales$ culture.)
For-Profit Health Club/Gym Logic
The higher the “status” the higher the paycheck commission percentage.
Status 1 = Sell less than $3,900/month, trainer pockets 51% of sales
Status 2 = Sell $3,900+/month, trainer pockets 53% of sales
Status 3 = Sell $5,900+/month, trainer pockets 55% of sales
Status 4 = Sell $7,900+/month, trainer pockets 57% of sales
Status 5= Sell $9,900+/month, trainer pockets 59% of sales
It appears gym management has their own interest in mind when they encourage personal trainers sell you 30+ expensive personal training sessions…. (This is not about your goals; this is about them hitting their monthly sales goals. Buyer Beware.)
Why Personal Training is Expensive – Reason 3: Hidden Prices
Maybe you notice few, if any, commercial gyms post the price of personal training.
There is a reason for this, they intentionally hide the price to make you approach a staff member for a “price quote”. This is where the fun begins…
Gyms intentionally hide the total personal training “package” price which normally amounts to $2,000-$3,500! Why? Because they coach their personal trainers to use emotion and “pain points” to lure you into purchase expensive personal training sessions.Poor personal training persuasive sales techniques will be deployed, including the following statements:
“It will take you 6 months to reach your weight loss goal but only 2 months with a trainer!”
“You could hurt yourself using the equipment if you do not have a personal trainer to guide you.”
“You have consistently failed to reach your goal for the past 15 years. I think you need a coach to guide you along and hold you accountable.”
Some of these techniques may be necessary for the habitually unmotivated and special populations. However, the 98% of people who do not have money to hire a personal trainer need something different. Read below to see what you need from your gym staff!
Gym Member Beware! You need a workout program, not a personal training package.
Use my exclusive workout suggestions below to exercise safely in any gym:
You need a CLEAR plan to follow
– How many days a week can you devote to exercise? – Check your scheudule and make a plan!
– You need to know what exercise type is best for your body and goals.
– Do you know how many of these workouts should be cardio, strength, flexibility?
– It helps to know of which pieces of equipment will work good for your goals and/or body type!
Disclaimer: Personal training is so expensive for many reasons: Personal training can be so expensive because the area you live has a high cost of living. Personal training is so expensive in some areas because there are fewer gyms. Personal training can be expensive because corporate greed and culture are reflected in high prices. Now that you know why personal training is so expensive you understand you can use your gym without a personal trainer!