Ask Alfonso: Are Fitness Sites That Charge Worth The Money?
I was wondering what you thought of websites that create diets, advice, shopping lists etc for a fee? For example Bob Greene has The Bestlife Diet Plan, and both Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper have their own programs available online as well.
Some of these sites require a monthly fee to access diets, recipes etc. Is it worth it? How do I know which is right for me?
Hey Denise, how are you?
The questions that you ask don’t really have black or white answers. And really, I can’t tell you which is best for you because I don’t know you, your personality or what your needs are.
One thing that people don’t realize is that a lot of the top trainers, diet gurus, and nutritionists basically say the same thing, more or less. At the core of what they preach is usually a set of established principles that most industry professionals would agree with. What’s different amongst them is the package in which they deliver the information.
Two trainers can believe the same thing and recommend the same style of training, but depending on how they relate that information to you they’ll either strike a chord or not. Sure, fitness celebrities may have a particular food, or product that they stand behind and endorse. For instance I love natural peanut butter and stone ground tortilla chips, Bob Harper is a Quaker Oatmeal disciple, and Jillian yells at people! She also is the front woman for K Swiss’ new line of sneakers.
Many people resonate with my words because I don’t look or talk the same as the current crop of “pretty boy” non-intimidating expert trainers. My brand is different, said in a unique way, but with many of the same messages of other people. Essentially I have carved my own niche just as the others have.
What you need to do is find which one of these personalities fits you best. Read what they write, review their programs and ideology; in essence interview them as if you were hiring them for a job because in reality that’s exactly what you’re doing!
As for shopping lists, programs, recipes and other paid-for features, I think they’re terrific. When you think about how much money the average person spends on coffee per day, eating out, or frivolous expenses that really aren’t necessity, spending less than a dollar per day to have access to seemingly limitless information doesn’t seem unreasonable. Especially when it’s that very information that can literally change your life.
What I suggest is be honest with what you’re looking to achieve. Are you already fit and looking to kick it up a notch? Are you overweight and in need of a new eating plan, or have you tried everything and have lost hope? Some trainers may be a bit more spiritual and motivational, while others may be tech-ier. In choosing your trainer and guide, you must first know the job you’ll be asking them to do.
Don’t forget you can also check what other people are saying about these paid plans online too. Simply types in phrases like “Bob Harper Diet Plan Reviews”, or “Jillian Michaels Website Review” and you’ll get some great feedback. Additionally, trainers and nutritionists don’t have to be on TV or famous to have great programs. You can also try searching for less well known personalities that may be a great fit for you.
Especially with the current economic climate, websites can provide you with valuable tools and a plan to achieve success at an affordable price. Let me know what or whom you decide to go with. I wish you success!
And full disclosure – we have an Angry Trainer Fitness membership plan in the works for later in the summer – more details to come soon!
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