Went overboard on a personal training commitment, help me be firm in renegotiating!
October 26, 2012 6:23 AM Subscribe
Help me be firm in renegotiating my personal training contract at the gym!
posted by yellowbinder to Health & Fitness (13 answers total)
So a little while ago I decided to get my life in gear fitness-wise after being large and lazy all my life. I lost almost 40 pounds in a few months, and then decided to join a big box gym, something I'd long thought about but never got off my ass to do. So far I am absolutely loving it!
I bought a set of personal training sessions to get me started, and yesterday my third of six sessions ended up being not so much training as a sales pitch for lots more training. Trainer outlined a year's plan that sounds absolutely awesome, and is an affordable although giant cost. It has well over 100 sessions over the next year, and I'm sad to say I signed up and paid a fairly large down payment.
Now as I said this plan sounds awesome, I would love to commit to it, and I do see myself seeing this trainer in a year's time. But I am worried that I totally overextended myself, and that I might not need so many sessions once I'm up and running. To start I am definitely ok with it, I have no idea what I'm doing in the gym and want someone to give me a firm introduction so I don't get off course or get confused and give up.
I do have an out, I have a consumer right to cancel the contract and get a refund on my down payment within 10 days.
What I would like to do is commit to four months, at the frequency of training suggested. This works perfectly for me, gives me a good start, and lines up with the end of my current work contract (My work is great and well paid but unpredictable, I could be right back shortly after it ends, or it might be a few months, or I might have to find another job come Feb/March). So the timing lines up great, it will be a good time to re-evaluate what I can afford and how often I feel I need training.
I have another of my pre-paid sessions tomorrow and another Tuesday. How do I broach this? What are they going to do/say to try and keep me to the contract I signed but can legally get out of? How can I firmly explain what I want and not take anything else? I have all the power right? I mean, if I cancel the contract I have they're not going to refuse to sell me another, shorter one, right? I have very little negotiation experience and sometimes issues with standing up for myself in high pressure situations.