$8,000 Dollars for Personal Training?

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    Dec 23, 2008 4:38 AM GMT
    Hey guys, just joined a gym about a month ago and got a free personal fitness assesment this evening. While the measuring of body composition was enlightening, and working with a trainer going through 4 initial tests was helpful and confirmed a few issues I already thought existed, in the end it all boiled down to a sales pitch for personal training.

    Which in itself isn't that bad. The idea of it was perfect, but when I heard a quote for 10-11 months of personal training, I couldn't believe it.

    The low end of the spectrum was $8100... that includes 122 sessions. Now, i'm not the kinda guy that needs someone directing me every step of the way, but where the hell do these people get off charging these rates?

    Just so you know, I go to a large chain of gyms, and i'm already paying $70 a month for gym access. I could understand this high a cost for an athlete, or an actor perhaps, at an exclusive location, but what ordinary person going to a mass market gym should have to pay that much money for some simple training?

    If a PT has 12 clients, and they are at the top level of training ($10,000 a year), they'd be making $120,000! There are medical profesionals that don't even make that, and work a lot longer hours! Where do these people get off? And do others actually pay it?

    I'd love to hear back from personal trainers on the site, what there thoughts are, etc. I think everyone deserves fair pay for what they do, but to me this seems incredibly extreme, especially considering today's economy. I could take a year at college for less money.
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    Dec 23, 2008 8:53 AM GMT
    That rate is actually mid-level (That's about how much I pay for my PT).
    I view it as a luxury/gift-to-myself, and budget accordingly.

    And as someone who is going into medicine...yeah...it's kinda twisted how the market values PT time.
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    Dec 23, 2008 1:43 PM GMT
    I know a couple of personal trainers...


    The ones that work under contract are lucky to get a third of what they charge clients. Basic salary of about $25k plus commission which amounts to an extra $10-15k.


    The ones that run it as their own business usually still have to pay the gym a fee, plus insurance, plus they have to work to get business, suffer through periods of low demand such as over the summer period and have to cover holidays when they are not working .

    Either way they usually turn $40k-$50k a year

    Of my friends, one coaches Olympic level swimming, another professional level golf instruction. They started out on that but are now making approx $65k and work about 30- 35 hours a week. It's a pretty demanding job at that level so in order to give the clients the attention they are paying for they tend to work less hours than a traditional job.

    So yeah if you're good the money can be good.... Not what you imagine but good.
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    Dec 23, 2008 3:26 PM GMT
    marky_canuck saidThe low end of the spectrum was $8100... that includes 122 sessions.


    That comes to $66.39 per session, which is what you should expect to pay in an urban area, if not more. I pay $300 for 12 sessions and $170 per year for the gym (municipal rec. center), but I live in Bumfuck Iowa.
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    Dec 23, 2008 8:29 PM GMT
    being a personal trainer isn't about getting rich.. infact, most of them, aren't going to make much, they do it for other things.

    And thats bloody cheap, factor into that price, gym prices, insurance, taxes and so on and they don't make very much...

    Besides, your getting more then just a guy whos going to spot you in the gym, he should be a wealth of knowledge and have new ways of doing almost everything you already do at the gym..

    Your buying his experience and knowledge and that comes at a price...
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    Dec 23, 2008 8:47 PM GMT
    lilTanker saidbeing a personal trainer isn't about getting rich.. infact, most of them, aren't going to make much, they do it for other things.

    And thats bloody cheap, factor into that price, gym prices, insurance, taxes and so on and they don't make very much...

    Besides, your getting more then just a guy whos going to spot you in the gym, he should be a wealth of knowledge and have new ways of doing almost everything you already do at the gym..

    Your buying his experience and knowledge and that comes at a price...


    kinda like a good hooker...
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    Dec 23, 2008 8:50 PM GMT
    I realize I live in the midwest where things are much cheaper..but my personal trainer only runs $35 per session. Of course most things are cheaper here in Kansas City than in most areas of the county.
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    Dec 23, 2008 9:01 PM GMT
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    lilTanker saidbeing a personal trainer isn't about getting rich.. infact, most of them, aren't going to make much, they do it for other things.

    And thats bloody cheap, factor into that price, gym prices, insurance, taxes and so on and they don't make very much...

    Besides, your getting more then just a guy whos going to spot you in the gym, he should be a wealth of knowledge and have new ways of doing almost everything you already do at the gym..

    Your buying his experience and knowledge and that comes at a price...


    kinda like a good hooker...



    i'm a certified trainer through nasm, and whatever you're paying, marky, you should know only a portion of that fee goes to the trainer. as the others have said, $66/session is a pretty good price (and even better if you're talking canadian dollars). most trainers i know aren't rich, and most really aren't all that money motivated. they want to make a living working in an environment they like, helping people to attain their goals. the trainers i personally don't care for are the ones that do a 3-day certification and then don't watch their clients. they're inarticulate and often put their clients in dangerous positions. i groan inside everytime i watch one trainer in particular at the peak fitness where i go. i have to really fight the urge to not tell his clients they should find someone else.
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    Dec 23, 2008 10:41 PM GMT
    I paid $2124 for 36 lessons .... @ 3 sessions per week = 3 months...so that's close to your cost....actually a bit more.
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    Dec 23, 2008 11:57 PM GMT
    Unless you're intending to compete or have money to throw around, why would you need to hire a PT for a full year?
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    Dec 24, 2008 12:13 AM GMT
    I think personal trainers are really more about keeping you motivated, focussed on your goals and ensuring that you are always using correct form an technique.

    If you are only really wanting a set of routines to keep you on track, there is always the RJ 12 Week Workouts on here which you can use. As great as these are, though, they don't come with someone pushing you or making you feel guilty if you miss a session.

    Perhaps you could find someone who trains at your centre and become gym buddies with them. Arm yourself with a printout of the Muscle Building 12 Week Workout and give each other the motivation to get through them.

    Just an idea...
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    Dec 24, 2008 12:59 AM GMT
    I pay $3,950 for 50 sessions ($79 each). Used to watch guys working out with a trainer and wonder why they would spend money on something you can research for free. I got a couple of free sessions when I renewed my gym membership and my trainer really kicked my ass. It was a great way to jump-start my workouts. It's a luxury for sure, but I look forward to the training sessions, and since my trainer tracks everything I do, he pushes me harder every week. I'll take a 3 month break from my trainer when my current package runs out, but I'll definitely go back to him.
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    Dec 24, 2008 1:07 AM GMT
    You pay &0$ a month 4 your gym axcess? wow i only pay 24 @ golds gymicon_neutral.gif
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    Dec 24, 2008 1:35 AM GMT
    Rip off and a half...

    You could buy a Chrysler for that...icon_confused.gif
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    Dec 24, 2008 1:47 AM GMT
    Get off your butt and train yourself. Bitching about the cost of it makes you whining.
  • Puppy80

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    Dec 24, 2008 1:50 AM GMT
    I didnt know much about weight training when I joined the gym. They talked me into signing up and I'm glad I did. At first I thought I would just cancel after the first couple sessions, but I've stuck it out. My trainer definitely kicks my ass but he pushes me and helps me when I feel like giving up. You have to really think of it is an investment in your health and not an expense. I signed up for 40 sessions and I work with him 2x a week. It comes out to about 50 bucks a session. Sure I could use that money to pay down my car and student loans faster, but then I wouldn't be in better shape. icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 24, 2008 2:27 AM GMT
    Thanks for the feedback guys. Honestly at my salary range the cost is way out of my reach, and I agree with a few of the guys that I don't think i need an entire year's worth of training. I've done well so far with doing my own planning and research, so i'll keep at it.

    Sorry if I came off as whiny, I was more shocked... a majority of the users at my gym have trainers.. they employ 20-25 full time trainers. So the amount of money the gym pulls in is astronomical.

    I can definitely see the advantages of having a trainer, and would love to work with one a few times, or have one help me set up my plans to maximize growth, but perhaps a more experience buddy at the gym would cheaper... I've gotten some great advice on here already.