I have been a one-on-one client at Fitness Together Belmont (MA) for 4 years now, and the love has not dimmed at all. The group of personal trainers and managers (as of this writing: PJ, Paula, Brian, Paul, Shane, Caitlin, and Sarah, and another Sarah on the desk) at the studio are fantastic, upbeat and friendly; and they get along great with each other too - more like a group of friends than 'just a' business. Each trainer has his or her own unique personality, but every one of them is enthusiastic, caring, fun and considerate.
The trainers strive to cater their workouts, and even their behavior, to each individual client. The trainers also provide a LOT of encouragement to do extra cardio workouts at the studio and beyond. All the fitness trainers are there to help you achieve whatever goals you have. The accountability that sets up cannot be overstated; I hate the thought of letting them down! In addition, that accountability also extends to changing a client's mental game - pushing them successfully past what they believe they are capable of, changing a client's mindset from "I can't" to "I can" and (certainly in my case) eliminating self-deprecating trash-talk.
They really hold me accountable to developing a new mental image of myself and my abilities. The trainers focus not only on work in the studio, but on the whole-person perspective of fitness, including good nutrition (in my case, eating more often, more regularly and more nutritiously), and sleeping well (and enough). They will work with a client to develop a proper nutrition plan, taking into account individual lifestyles and preferences. One other thing that Fitness Together Belmont is GREAT at is encouraging clients to support and participate in local community events and fund-raisers. This is one very special aspect of the studio that PJ and Paula run, and one characteristic that makes the Belmont studio special, beyond other FT's I have visited.
You can choose to be in your own little cocoon with your trainer, or you can take part in these activities and events and be more involved in the larger FT Belmont community. Either way is fine; you will not be treated any differently for the path you choose. I am generally a bit of a loner, yet last year I participated in 4 FT Belmont-funded 5k walk/runs. PJ, Paula and the rest of the crew bring to the studio many opportunities to give back to the community, from Belmont's Town Day, to to charity walks to food drives,. And there are the client appreciation parties, and recognition of clients' milestones (in life and in fitness)...! The Fitness Together Belmont studio is really like no other.
Finally, a. note about the price. Okay, being honest, FT (Belmont or any other FT studio) is not going to be your least expensive option. But it certainly is the best in terms of value-added goodness. As an analogy: I shop at more upscale stores for my clothing, because I find they have better quality construction and last longer than clothes I buy at, say, Wal-Mart. Nothing against cheap, for I am notoriously cheap (I work on and upgrade a 14 year-old computer and a 12-year old laptop, for example).
However, all the personal attention and extras provided by the staff of Fitness Together Belmont make it WELL worth the cost. Doesn't my body deserve at least as much - more, in fact - of an investment as my choice of shopping venues? And there are ways to make Fitness Together Belmont more affordable - for example, occasional special deals. Or you can sign up as a Pack Client, which is their small-group program. And lest you think you lose something by going the small-group route, I've done some packs, and they can be Intense, combining cardio, strength and endurance. And the trainers still look at you as an individual, and work to help you meet your goals. All in all, Fitness Together Belmont really IS my happy place! And I encourage anyone to at least give it a try - you might get hooked!