When the economy got weak, even the strong had to give up their personal trainers. But now gyms are fighting back, helping clients tighten their belt (financially speaking) and trim their waistline at the same time.
"There were several of us at work who decided to do it together," Karla Sparrow said. "Since we could do it for $20 a person this way, it was affordable."
More gyms are turning to share-a-trainer programs to hang onto clients in tough times. In a recent survey of personal trainers, the American Council on Exercise (ACE), found 52 percent expect fewer people will hire them in 2009.
ACE is a nonprofit group that certifies personal trainers.
She said the gym is now adapting to help clients keep their trainers, and trainers keep their clients.
"They're not willing to completely cut out their personal training, so we're having to find ways to help them still be able to come in," Brumley said.