How to Choose a Personal Trainer (and Gym). Part 3: The Cost

How much do personal trainers charge? Why are personal fitness trainers so expensive? And is a personal trainer worth it? This article aims to help you understand the value for money personal training provides and make an informed decision regarding hiring the personal trainer.

1. How Much Would It Cost to Hire a Personal Trainer?

Obviously, the price can vary. From $45 per 45 minutes’ class to $100, even $200, in fact, $1000+ per hour. Yes, no kidding. The basics of pricing are pretty simple:

  1. An hour return on a trainer’s investment in education,
  2. The cost of renting a studio for an independent trainer or a gym- part of trainer’s salary (or taxi to your place if you prefer fitness delivered to your place), and
  3. The price label trainer put on her value as a professional (that includes years of experience, continuing education, investment in the brand and even trainer’s appetite).

We believe it’s fair to say that to hire a personal trainer averages out at $40 to $100 per session

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The personality of the trainer is an essential part of your wellness experience

A few more factors that can affect personal trainer’s pricing to consider:

  • If you live in an elite neighborhood, you can expect to pay a decent coach around $100 and upwards. The same goes for places with modern facilities and celebrity trainers.
  • The more you practice, the less you pay. A session twice a week may cost 25% less than a session once a week. Also, most trainers (both individual and in gyms) provide significant discounts when you buy a 10-package or more of classes.
  • If your trainer is self-employed, he may be more flexible with prices during an economic turndown or in case you are a long-term client.
  • In case you choose a personal trainer who is on a jump-start of his career and eager to get more practice and, perhaps, testimonies, the price cloud be significantly below average – $20 for example.
  • If you dare to go online and use Skype sessions or webinars with a trainer, doing so could cost you significantly less than traditional personal training, like $5 to $50 per month.

2. Is a Good Personal Trainer Worth it?

Relax and keep reading, please. We will not bore you with facts that the trainer education and experience have a direct impact on your results and, by the way, safety (though someone who is experienced in injury prevention is a real treasure).

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Try online sessions via Skype: they might be more affordable than live classes

Let us introduce three stunning pieces of evidence that a right personal trainer is worth paying for.

First, the right personal trainer can significantly reduce the cost of fitness in your life, making every dollar spend on him worth it: he will help you get clear about your goals and methods on how to achieve them. So, you will train to succeed instead of chaotically strengthening/stretching separate muscles groups now and then.

Second, the personality of the trainer is an essential part of your wellness experience; so maybe, it is worth spending a few dollars more on a trainer who inspires you to do your best.

Third, paying for the expensive trainer could also be an extra motivation to keep you from stopping as well. That may sound unbelievable; every dollar you pay for something adds $10 of motivation associated with it. So, a $100 purchase feels like a $1000 purchase. Moreover, because we all hate to waste money, if we pay for something, we value that thing, service, whatever, more.

So, is it worthwhile to pay for a personal trainer? The answer is “Absolutely if you choose wisely.” Check out our previous articles on how to choose the right personal trainer: Part 1 and Part 2.

3. Are There Cheap Alternatives to Hiring a Personal Trainer?

While it is true that a decent trainer will not offer his services for free, it’s also possible to save money without skimping on value. Here’re a few ideas:

1. Semi-private Sessions: When you share the personal trainer with another client, you save up to 50% of the price.  However, it does make sense only when you share your goals too. It would not be a good idea to invite your CrossFit-addicted friend to share your prenatal Pilates class.

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Training Apps – there are thousands of them now, give a try!

2. If you are serious about your progress, once you are sure about the trainer, buy a bundle of one-to-one workouts. As we said earlier, doing so saves a lot.

3. Apply “Work smarter not harder” principle: you can schedule private classes once a week and ask your trainer to plan your program for home training a few days ahead.

4. Try online sessions via Skype, and your trainer’s YouTube instructional videos.

5. Training Apps – there are thousands of them now! And many claim to be as effective as personal trainers. Well, it takes few minutes to find out.

6. If you feel confident about your motivation skills, organize home-based gym.

7. And a few words about digital fitness tracking devices. We believe they can boost your sports motivation. Although, do you know what secrets fit-trackers hide from you?

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