Costs of A Personal Trainer
Should I hire a personal trainer? That is usually the first thing that comes to mind to many people when they decide to get in shape.
The second thing that comes up is how much will it cost?
Well, to be frank, that is a loaded question. The costs usually vary on several factors. Where you are located, what is the ongoing rate in your area, the state of the current economy, the education of your trainer, and how much experience your trainer has, all play a factor when it comes to pricing?
When searching for personal trainer rates, you should first consider your budget. How much are you willing to invest in a personal trainer? Or another way to put it, how much are you willing to invest in the future of your health?
Remember, personal training is a luxury. If you can afford it then make sure you are doing what’s necessary to make a personal trainer worth it. It’s not necessary to have but can really help if you have the budget.
With that said, here are a few things to consider while you create a budget:
Location: When finding a personal trainer, it is important to consider what area you are in. If you are in a major city with a big population you can expect to pay on the higher end, say $80+/hr versus if you live in a smaller city.
Find out the average price in your area: Take some time to find what the ongoing rate is for a personal trainer. There are a few ways to do this: go to your local gym and see what their rates are, or do a Google search for personal trainers in the area, or you can reach out to personal trainers directly via social media and see how much they are charging.
After getting about 3-5 different quotes, you will have a better idea of how much you need to budget.
The experienced trainer: Chances are, you probably got a wide range of different quotes when inquiring rates. For more experienced personal trainers, chances are they will be charging more for their services because they have a long history of a proven track record. Conversely, you may find that the trainers charging less per hour for their services are relatively new and do not yet have a proven history.
That doesn’t mean to say that if you hire someone on the lower end that you won’t be getting results. If you’re brand new to exercise, chances are you will probably benefit either way.
More of the time, someone who charges more often has more credentials and more knowledge. These trainers are good for people who already have a good idea of what they are doing but can still benefit from an expert.
Packages: It’s quite common that when you do hire a trainer that you will usually have to pay a bulk of your sessions upfront. Usually, if someone is charging $50/hr for the services they require a minimum of 3-4 sessions in order to book.
There are two reasons for this. The first reason is obviously trainers need a way to make money. Having their clients pay for bulk sessions ensures that they are filling their quota. The second is that any personal trainer knows that just one session isn’t enough to show any results. The first session is almost always about getting to know more about you and how to work with you. After working together for a few sessions your trainer will have a better understanding of how your body works and can make those fine-tuning adjustments.
Packages benefit both parties. It gives the trainer time to understand your body and produce maximum results. Not to mention when you purchase bulk sessions you will usually get a free session included.
So depending on how long you book your personal trainer can widely vary. If you think you’ll benefit just after a couple of sessions, then plan on investing in just a couple hours. If you think you need more help, plan on booking a package plan.
To sum it all up, the cost of a personal trainer will vary widely. This is definitely something you want to do your research on. Get a few quotes and get to know a few things about the personal trainer you are going to be working with. More important, make sure they have their credentials. Technically speaking, anyone can become a “personal trainer” as there are no regulations when it comes to licensing. That’s why it’s important to do your research!