How much do you pay for your personal trainer?

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    Aug 26, 2008 1:42 AM GMT
    Hey Guys...

    I'm looking into a personal trainer and was wondering what you all are paying?

    I have a free membership to my gym, it was a promotion and the personal trainer is 40.00 per session.

    He also told me that he can either train me or workout with me and train at the same time.

    Thanks All!
  • joeindallas

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    Aug 26, 2008 1:45 AM GMT
    40 bucks is more than responible
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    Aug 26, 2008 7:44 AM GMT
    At my gym certified trainers get $30.00 for a 30 minute session at which the trainer gets 80% and the other 20% goes to the gym.depending on location the average is $45 to $75 for a 30 to 60 minute session.Thats why I am working on my certification.
  • josephmovie

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    Aug 26, 2008 9:03 AM GMT
    Things are obviously cheaper in the USA. I paid $90 for 45 minute sessions. Be careful what type of trainer you get. From my experience, many of them just have a few set routines they give to everybody, rather than tailor things to your particular situation. I recently had one trainer every week for 6 months and my measurements and body fat were exactly the same at the end. Her explanation? "I don't really know why. All my other clients respond".

    And I paid how much for that?

    From my experience (dont want to generalise too much) personal trainers are good if you want to lose weight but not so good if you are a hard gainer looking to increase size. Judging by your stats, you might be in the hard gainer category.
  • GQjock

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    Aug 26, 2008 9:43 AM GMT
    It's going to depend on where you live and the kind of gym you belong to

    If you live in a big city
    Like NY or LA ... trainers are going to charge more
    50 - 70 / Hour is the going rate

    and then if you live in the suburbs or in a more rural area
    the charges will tend to be a lot less
    like 35 - 50 / Hour
    The better the gym... the more likely it will be toward the higher end of the spectrum
  • GQjock

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    Aug 26, 2008 10:40 AM GMT
    Could very well be Much ... been awhile since I was in either of those places
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  • MuslDrew

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    Aug 26, 2008 11:53 AM GMT
    It's between 45-50 per session around here. I've gotten the m ost out of male trainers who also are competitive bodybuilders. Whena asked about my fitness goals, I respond by saying I want to look more like them.
  • Puppy80

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    Aug 26, 2008 12:10 PM GMT
    When I joined my new gym, they kinda talked me into getting a trainer. And at first I felt railroaded into it. Now I'm glad I did it. I've thought about getting one in the past but did not take that step. I'm paying 50 a session and that's here in the Chicago Suburbs icon_smile.gif

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    Aug 26, 2008 12:20 PM GMT
    So around $50 a session. Do you normally go once per week? I'm just thinking about all the other ways to invest $2,600/year.
  • dopey29

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    Aug 26, 2008 12:35 PM GMT
    Here in Dallas I paid $45 per session which ran from 1 - 1 1/2 hours sometimes even 2.
  • Puppy80

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    Aug 26, 2008 12:38 PM GMT
    1969er saidSo around $50 a session. Do you normally go once per week? I'm just thinking about all the other ways to invest $2,600/year.


    The 50 dollars is for an hour long session, so it's not to bad in my opinion. I workout with him 2x a week. For 40 sessions. So I think the 2000 I spent is a good investment in myself. Sure I could pay down some bills, but getting into shape and losing this weight is definitely worth it.
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    Aug 26, 2008 12:38 PM GMT
    1969er saidSo around $50 a session. Do you normally go once per week? I'm just thinking about all the other ways to invest $2,600/year.


    Good point, but to me my body and my health are the best investment!

    With everyone in the world and in my family having SO many medical problems, heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes etc. 2600. per year to possibly prevent these health risks is pocket change!

  • MuslDrew

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    Aug 26, 2008 12:49 PM GMT
    1969er saidSo around $50 a session. Do you normally go once per week? I'm just thinking about all the other ways to invest $2,600/year.


    I've regretted some spending in the past, but I don't regret a dollar I spent on training. The knowledge I've received I use every day and will last me the rest of my life. Not only do I feel & look better, I've been taken off high blood pressure medication. A good investment for me.
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    Aug 26, 2008 3:41 PM GMT
    Damn you guys are getting a great deal on your trainers. Hopefully they know what they're doing. I pay $75 for an hour session here. But, my trainer really knows his shit. I'm always doing new exercises and I'm losing the weight on a regular basis. So, I can't complain at all.

    Well, I wish I had a job so I could still afford him. I miss working out with him. The motivation to do well was awesome.
  • SuneFL

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    Aug 26, 2008 3:55 PM GMT
    40-bucks is great!
    Do you have to sign a long term contract for that deal?

    My gym charges $40 if you commit for at least four sessions a month for 12 months. It would be a little more than $2,000 for a year with a sign-up fee I believe goes to corporate. Because I have trouble getting to the gym with my eyesight/driving thang... I turned them down even after they offered me 28 free hours. Can you believe they tried to hard-sell a blind man? LOL

    I think its a great investment IF you can commit to the trainer. The only way you'll reach your goals is to follow the advice and guidance you are paying for.l I turned it down because, for now, I didn't think I could responsibly and consistently manage a trainer's plan.

    Bottom line... in school trainer's are told they can earn at least 60 an hour. $40-bucks is a bargain.

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    Aug 26, 2008 4:11 PM GMT
    My trainer has a bit of a curve to his pricing. The more sessions that you sign up for the cheaper they are per hour.

    Let's see I pay $2124 for 36 one-hour sessions.

    So that is....$59/hour.....that's great. At Gold's, they were charging me like $75/hour.
  • SuneFL

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    Aug 26, 2008 4:17 PM GMT
    I tried every way I could to see if they'd let me buy a "block" of time I could use any way I want. Thee big corporate gyms seem to want the monthly payments to "bulk-up" their bottom line while you are trying to bulk up.

    The block of time approach seems to be more cost effective for the client. I guess for the trainers and their employer the guarantee of a contract is more lucrative. The use it or lose it approach.
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    Aug 26, 2008 4:58 PM GMT
    SuneFL said40-bucks is great!
    Do you have to sign a long term contract for that deal?

    My gym charges $40 if you commit for at least four sessions a month for 12 months. It would be a little more than $2,000 for a year with a sign-up fee I believe goes to corporate. Because I have trouble getting to the gym with my eyesight/driving thang... I turned them down even after they offered me 28 free hours. Can you believe they tried to hard-sell a blind man? LOL

    I think its a great investment IF you can commit to the trainer. The only way you'll reach your goals is to follow the advice and guidance you are paying for.l I turned it down because, for now, I didn't think I could responsibly and consistently manage a trainer's plan.

    Bottom line... in school trainer's are told they can earn at least 60 an hour. $40-bucks is a bargain.

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    No contract... He said he wants to train about 2 days a week and the other day wants me to go on my own... to take what he tells me and put it into practice....

    There is no sign up fee either its just a straight 40 every time I meet with him. I pay him as I go...
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    Aug 26, 2008 5:08 PM GMT
    How much a personal trainer charges depends on where in the country you are, what kind of gym it is, how much experience/education he has, and to some extent how much demend there is for his services.

    When I was doing personal trainer at a high-end gym in Dallas... I charged up to $70 an hour... less if someone bought a pkg of 20 sessions up front.

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    Aug 26, 2008 5:14 PM GMT
    When I started working out back in 2003, I had signed up at Ballys and purchased training packages through them. It wasnt that expensive. Basically the more sessions you purchased, the cheaper they were. Luckily I hit it off with my trainer and we became good friends and once he left ballys, we were able to workout together and he only asked for 40 a session. I knew ballys was keeping a good chunk of his pay. So it worked out for the both of us.
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    Aug 26, 2008 5:22 PM GMT
    Getting your personal trainer thru a gym, however, adds the overhead charge of the gym. When my PT left Golds and opened his own studio, the cost per hour went down. So if you can find a reputable PT not associated with a gym, you may save.
  • UncleverName

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    Aug 26, 2008 5:34 PM GMT
    My trainer charges 70 per session (here in Vancouver, Canada). Because my partner goes to his partner, we both get charged 65 a session instead. From what I understand, that's not terribly expensive here in Vancouver for a quality PT. At the Fitness World (which is the bargain basement gym around here), PT's are a lot cheaper, but not very good at their jobs (IMO).

    As an aside, why is it better for a trainer to get someone to pay in blocks? The only reason I can think of is that it's a lot of fast cash up front, and then they don't have to worry about getting paid until the block is used up.
    Any other reasons?
    I'm going to ask my PT that very question this afternoon.
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    Aug 26, 2008 5:37 PM GMT
    I would just stay away from the trainers at like Gold's and 24Hr and Bally's, they will charge more!
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    Aug 26, 2008 6:07 PM GMT
    Uhmm I never pay for a trainer....cause sometimes you cant be sure of how good the routine theyll give to you will be...and trainers just do their JOB.....SO, what i always do is that i go work out, I speak with the trainer i think is really good and I just become his friend, I ask him out, we play some sports, and thats it, we are friends, so everytime I go to the gymn I can say be sure that my friend is really doing his best to help me on my training, and we just train together helping each other.

    so yeah, you want a good trainer? make him your friend
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    Aug 26, 2008 6:57 PM GMT
    charlitos saidUhmm I never pay for a trainer....cause sometimes you cant be sure of how good the routine theyll give to you will be...and trainers just do their JOB.....SO, what i always do is that i go work out, I speak with the trainer i think is really good and I just become his friend, I ask him out, we play some sports, and thats it, we are friends, so everytime I go to the gymn I can say be sure that my friend is really doing his best to help me on my training, and we just train together helping each other.

    so yeah, you want a good trainer? make him your friend

    You're making friends out of false pretenses so you can scam them of the knowledge they sell to make a living!?!?!?! .... icon_eek.gif