How Much Does A Personal Trainer Cost?
More and more people are starting to take their fitness more seriously and considering going to a personal trainer, which is excellent, but many people are also put off because they aren’t sure how much it would cost them.
Understanding basic rates for personal trainers
First off, you should understand that while plenty of good personal trainers can be retained for affordable sums, no decent personal trainer is ever going to be “cheap”.
Prices vary from trainer to trainer based on different factors, which we’ll talk about more in a moment, but expect to pay at least the price of a meal for two with desserts in a nice restaurant for each hour of personal training you receive.
Personal trainers have to charge moderate to high hourly rates because, unlike most other professions, they don’t generally have steady hours and aren’t guaranteed to be working and earning money from clients for any specific amount of time each day.
If you encounter anybody offering personal training services to you for less than £30 an hour, you should be suspicious and ask if they have a means of proving that they are properly qualified and insured.
Make sure that whoever you hire as your personal trainer is qualified and has insurance.
There are a lot of “cowboy” personal trainers who don’t know what they’re doing and don’t have insurance who hang around fitness establishments or advertise locally trying to get people to pay them for training.
Working with such an individual is actually quiet dangerous, because if you’re injured in any way during the training and affected long-term or left unable to do your job, if the trainer supervising you doesn’t have proper insurance, you might be unable to get any sort of financial compensation.
Variables that effect personal trainer rates
The following factors effect the hourly fee that a personal trainer will charge his or her clients:
1) National location
Personal training is generally more expensive in London than anywhere else in the country, and the cost of training in other major cities tends to be slightly higher than in small to medium sized towns and cities.
2) Training environment
Many PTs are on the trainer roster at fitness establishments like Virgin Active leisure centres or David Lloyd health clubs. The more exclusive and expensive the fitness establishment, the higher the cost of personal training will be there.
3) Specialties of trainer
Pretty much any PT who’s properly qualified can go running with their clients or do a bit of boxing pad-work, but some trainers have also taken personal trainer courses containing specialist modules like obesity and diabetes, lower back pain management or post-natal training. If you need training that’s more specialist than the stuff taught to PTs when they do the minimum required qualification, you might have to pay a little more.
4) Demand for trainer
The more in demand a trainer is, that is to say, the more clients they already have and the more new inquiries they’re getting, the more they’ll feel like they can charge people. There are some PTs in London who train celebrities and other wealthy people and charge over a hundred pounds an hour for their time.
5) Time of day
Some personal trainers will charge you more for training in certain hours of the day that people generally prefer to do their workouts in, like in the evenings after work, as opposed to 6:00am on a Saturday morning.
Saving money on personal training
There’s an old saying: “catch someone a fish and they eat for a day, teach someone to fish and they eat for a lifetime”.
Some people can afford to continuously use personal trainers to help them maintain their fitness levels, but for those of you who only have a budget for a certain number of sessions, you should explain to your PT that you want them to help you implement an exercise and perhaps also a diet regime that you can continue with after your sessions with the PT have ended.
If, with their help, you can get to a point where you know what you’re doing in terms of working out and maintaining your fitness, you won’t need a trainer standing beside you telling you what to do any more.
If you can get to a point where you know what you’re doing in terms of working out and maintaining your fitness, you won’t need a trainer standing beside you telling you what to do any more.
Remember, it’s always in a PT’s best interests to retain you as a client, and they might try to do that by emphasizing the benefits of remaining with them longer-term. Be mindful of this and make it one of your long-term goals to become independent and self-sufficient in maintaining your body’s health and fitness.
And if you do only have a budget for a certain number of sessions, then be upfront with the PT about what that number is, and ask them for a little discount or special offer. Something like five sessions for the price of four, for example. Many trainers do things like that in return for repeat business.