I found 3PF after doing a lot of research (Thrillist, Urban Daddy and the reviews here) and decided to check it out.
I haven't worked out since HS, when I was on the swim team, and to say that I was out of shape is the biggest understatement of the year. I didn't know how to use machines or free weights, and frankly the culture of gyms (the meat market, the grunting, the preening) was a turn off. So the only solution for me was to have a personal trainer.
Why did I choose 3PF? I frankly loved the gym (the photos online), I liked that they only had two people training at most (so the studio only has 4 people, usually...though sometimes there are 3 trainers training 3 people), the price was expensive yes, but reasonable and in line with my other choices, it was nice to see that they used natural organic cleaning products, personal care products, and i liked that they presented a more holistic approach to fitness, with food workshops, acupuncture, natural medicine etc.
so i went for my intro session with Edward, and he kicked my butt. I literally thought I was going to die. you must understand that the two flights of stairs leading to the studio had me winded, and my daily workout for years had been climbing the stairs to get the train. all of the exercises are unique and work several muscles at once, so i didn't get bored. so i signed up for the LP 4/12 and have gone diligently since then (the price is a great incentive to not waste your money)
I've worked out with Ed, Julia and Dante (the part time trainer) and all of the work outs kick my ass....but differently. they're not mean (actually quite friendly, and when i'm not sweating and grunting and during the cool down sessions, we talk music, movies, sports, culture etc) and like ""stereotypical trainers""
bottom line i'm quite devoted to them, and have sung their praises to my friends. and they have a diversity of clientele, from the overweight (in 12 weeks i've lost 20lbs, along with their customised nutrition plan), to ex athletes, to moms.
yes it's expensive, but omg it's worth it.
Pros: The attention, the exercises, the trainers
Cons: Expensive, but unbelievably worth it