Goodlife Fitness is the puppy mill of fitness in Canada.
They have lots of pretty machines and weights. You look around and think, heck I could get fit in a place like this!
They also have some of the worst trainers around, and over 80 percent of their members never come to the gym at all, let alone get fit.
There’s a reason Goodlife Fitness hires and keeps bad trainers. It’s all economic.
You see Goodlife Fitness hires kids most of the time. They have zero experience, only a weekend course, and no real understanding of fitness and how to work with clients.
But those kids make Goodlife millions of dollars a year.
You see, better trainers command higher wages. This means the company makes less on those trainers. So it’s in Goodlife’s best interest to hire and keep young and inexperienced trainers. Those trainers are fed clients who walk in the door, wanting to get fit. They pay Goodlife thousands of dollars for an expert. What they get is a novice, who likely knows only a fraction more than the client does.
The client works with the trainer for a long time and doesn’t progress, because the trainer doesn’t know how to help them. Usually then the client quits and says, personal trainers are waste of time money.
The fact is there are lots of very good trainers. Just very few of them work at Goodlife Fitness. They work at smaller gyms that care about their clients. These trainer get results, help people every day, and are worth every penny you pay for them.
If you want to get fit, skip Goodlife and the other big chains, and look for a smaller gym with better trainers. You will actually get something good for the money you put down and be much happier with the results.
Devin Sherrington was named #2 trainer in Canada 2015, is 8 time Best Personal Fitness Trainer Halifax award winner, and owner the award winning fitness studio 360fit in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He lives in Fletcher’s Lake with his girlfriend Lauren and children Reign and Journey.