Firelands in Training, or FIT, editor Brandi Barhite provided the following answer:
So glad you are enjoying the FIT Challenge. Thank you for following the public journey of these local men and women who want to lead healthier lifestyles.
All of the FIT Challenge contestants receive a free gym membership and personal trainer as part of their six-month participation in the contest.
This is possible thanks to the generosity of the many gyms who are participating or have participated in the FIT Challenge. Those gyms include Health & Strength, Curves, NOMS, Anytime Fitness, The Gym and Bodi N Balance.
Former FIT Challenger trainer Ken Cutcher said clients who want to hire a personal trainer must be members of Anytime Fitness. The gym membership is about $45 a month, while training sessions are $25 to $30 per 30-minute session. Most FIT Challenge contestants work out with a trainer two-three times per week.
Therefore, a one-year gym membership at Anytime would cost about $540. Three weekly personal training sessions ($30 each) for 52 weeks would be $4,680 for a grand total of $5,220.
That might sound steep, but gyms will often offer specials and discounts if you sign up for a long-term contract. Shop around.
Plus, can you really put a price on health and fitness?