Help! I want to let my personal trainer go...but I'm unsure how to approach it

  • goodguy_914

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    Apr 14, 2011 5:50 PM GMT
    Hi Guys,
    So here's the deal. I got myself a personal trainer because I wanted to lose some weight, get in better shape and just live a healthy lifestyle. I've had the trainer for about 9 months and I see him 3 times a week for about 50mins each time.

    I'm in the process of house hunting with hopes of being in my first home by the end of the year and I KNOW that I will need to cut out the trainer to save money and once I have a mortgage I definitely won't have the money to shell out $600 per month to him.

    He's a nice guy but I'm unsure how he'll take the news. I've been thinking that the next time I pay the monthly fee I should tell him it's going to be my last month. That way he knows a month out that I won't be training anymore. Is that reasonable? We work on a month to month..with no contract. He works for himself and not a big gym so I want to make sure I give him enough notice to fill my spot.

    I know that I can do the work without a trainer..and I can even make use of my local Y....I will just need self-motivation to get it done!

    Thoughts?

    Thanks!
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    Apr 14, 2011 8:48 PM GMT
    Sounds like you're being very thoughtful - I suggest expressing just like you have in your post. "I'm really sorry, but I won't be able to afford training any more, but I really appreciate all that you've done for me."
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    Apr 14, 2011 11:54 PM GMT
    Send him a link to this thread.
  • james716

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    Apr 25, 2011 1:44 AM GMT
    I wouldn't sweat it. Simply tell him the truth. It's not like you're leaving him to go with another trainer. Who knows, he may even cut you a deal
  • mybud

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    Apr 25, 2011 1:52 AM GMT
    Dude...Just tell him what you told us...If he's a nice guy like you describe ...he'll take things in stride...BUD
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    Apr 25, 2011 1:53 AM GMT
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  • MarvelClimber

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    Apr 25, 2011 2:01 AM GMT
    james716 saidI wouldn't sweat it. Simply tell him the truth. It's not like you're leaving him to go with another trainer. Who knows, he may even cut you a deal


    Yea, if he wants to keep you, then he might negotiate the price. Even with a reduced price, a strain your on budget will motivate you to keep going. With a new house comes a lot of work and those projects can become excuses not to go. Otherwise, just tell him straight up. It's not like he hasn't heard it all before. A personal trainer helps you reach your goals; they're not life partners.
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    Apr 25, 2011 2:13 AM GMT
    Let him down easy. 'It's not you. It's me."
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    Apr 25, 2011 2:19 AM GMT
    If he is a professional he will understand, just say what is going to happen and why its happening. I told my instructor when I couldn't afford him anymore and he understood that, we are still friends after one year.
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    Apr 25, 2011 2:48 AM GMT
    copy paste & print, memorize the your lines, and tell him the exact thing you posted....too easy
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    Apr 25, 2011 2:53 AM GMT
    Um, you don't owe him anything. PT services are quite expensive. 3X per week X 9 months = over 100 sessions.

    Tell him thanks and he can use you as a reference.
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    Apr 26, 2011 5:37 AM GMT
    Keep it professional. It's strictly business. He's a Personal Trainer so he has got to understand that clients are gonna be letting him go for whatever reason.
    You can choose to tell your business if you like though I wouldn't. Just end it quickly and professional.

    Nothing says that you can't back and use him once things get better for you.
  • TheAlchemixt

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    Apr 26, 2011 5:39 AM GMT
    Guy101 saidKeep it professional. It's strictly business. He's a Personal Trainer so he has got to understand that clients are gonna be letting him go for whatever reason.
    You can choose to tell your business if you like though I wouldn't. Just end it quickly and professional.

    Nothing says that you can't back and use him once things get better for you.


    +1 Guy101 always has good comments!
  • goodguy_914

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    May 08, 2011 5:24 PM GMT
    Thanks everyone for the comments suggestions. I will be ending my personal training sessions with this trainer in about a month. I am going to tell him when I give him this last installment that it will be my last since I can't really afford him. Hopefully it all goes well.

    The challenge for me now will be continuing the work without him. icon_sad.gif
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    May 08, 2011 5:44 PM GMT
    As a Personal Trainer myself, everything you said in your original posting would work just fine. You are giving him a month's notice which is plenty of time for him to find someone for your time slot. Offering to write a client testimonial or recommendation is also very generous.

    I would also recommend saying your expenses are changing or going up due to the new house.

    And you never know...he might want to offer you a discount before losing you completely as a client.
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    May 08, 2011 6:53 PM GMT
    nikeathlete saidAs a Personal Trainer myself, everything you said in your original posting would work just fine. You are giving him a month's notice which is plenty of time for him to find someone for your time slot. Offering to write a client testimonial or recommendation is also very generous.

    I would also recommend saying your expenses are changing or going up due to the new house.

    And you never know...he might want to offer you a discount before losing you completely as a client.


    ^^ This. Very good advise.

    Or what about instead seeing him 3 times a week you just see him twice or even once a week? Or, see if he offers group training so a buddy and you can split the expense?
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    May 08, 2011 6:55 PM GMT
    Yeah as others have said, try to negotiate. Failing that, it's no big deal. I thought you were gonna try to ditch him cos he was shit and you wanted to use a different trainer in the same gym. Now THAT would be awkward.
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    May 08, 2011 6:55 PM GMT
    Say yo homie. I am threw with you!
  • goodguy_914

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    May 26, 2011 2:44 PM GMT
    Thanks guys,
    I finally did let the trainer go this week. I'm in my last month of training with him..but then I'm on my own. To be perfectly honest, he was a great guy and I'm sure that his techniques were solid but I wasn't seeing results. It's been 8 months and I can't say that I've seen even good results. I'm hoping that I can find a routine that I can do myself and see what happens!

    In other related news, I did go under contract for a condo! So it's good that I was able to lose the personal training expense.

    For those of you that are personal trainers, I want to just say that I completely think the investment is worth it if I find a trainer that I "click" with. But for my current finances, it's just a luxury that I can't afford.
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    May 26, 2011 2:47 PM GMT
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