While I’m still on “winter break” with the family, I took advantage of an opportunity to try FitnessTrainer.com, which is a startup company in Austin to find a personal fitness instructor (yoga teachers included). They let me peruse their list of instructors and set up a complimentary session to conduct this review.
Through their rep, I had three instructors recommended to me with yoga experience. Each one had a detailed bio with a description of their background, what kind of instruction they offer, what their availability was, their session rates and a way to message them directly. I chose to have my session with Pamela B., who happened to be featured on the home page. Her experience in ashtanga, pranayama, yoga nidra and meditation were all right up my alley.
The whole booking process was easy and smooth. Once I decided to work with Pamela, I got an email from her to set up a time and location. She can come to your home, if you prefer, but since my home is an utter disaster with kid and baby stuff everywhere, I asked if we could do it at a studio space she rents. We agreed on the details, and I got a confirmation email from FitnessTrainer.com shortly after.
Now, I’ve never done a private lesson before, so I was a little nervous about what to expect. I arrived a few minutes early, and we chatted about my yoga experience and what I wanted to work on. She offered some suggestions for what we could do, and then we got started.
Since I usually take group classes or practice in a hotel room alone when I travel for work, I was worried about being too closely scrutinized in a 1:1 yoga session. Alas, I was worried for no reason. Pamela offered adjustments throughout the practice, and overall, she guided me through a wonderful practice that allowed me to modify or go deeper to my comfort level. We worked on my core, my balance and much relaxation at the end.
Some logistical stuff to know:
- FitnessTrainer.com currently has trainers set up in Austin, Houston, Philadelphia and Washington DC so far. They’re a startup, after all, so I would expect they’re working hard to grow their directory.
- Packages can be bought for 6, 12 or 20 hour sessions. The price per session goes down the more you buy and varies by instructor.
- I didn’t see a way to sort instructors by specialties – only by location. Hopefully, this is in the works soon!
- Your satisfaction is guaranteed. So say you buy a 6 hour package and aren’t happy after 2 sessions, they’ll refund you in full.
Fitness Trainer’s services feel like a marketplace for finding and booking private fitness instruction. Most yoga instructors in Austin are employed through local studios, so this could be a more democratized way for teachers to find students and vice versa.
So here’s the fun part for my readers. Just in time for New Year’s Resolutions… I got a free session in order to write my review, and they’re giving a lucky winner a free session. PLEASE NOTE which cities are currently served before you put your name in the raffle. (Between Austin and Houston, there are 70 instructors.)
Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. The mandatory field is entering which city you’re in – this is mostly so the raffle doesn’t get filled up by people who aren’t in one of the cities Fitness Trainer serves. The raffle will close at midnight on January 14, 2015. Good luck!