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November 23, 2010 6:33 AM
Good Morning,

I am thinking about getting a personal trainer. Can anyone give me the average cost for one, is it by the hour or the month?

Let me know what I should be asking when choosing one.

All help greatly appreciated:)

November 23, 2010 6:52 AM
My personal trainer goes by hour. She is cheap, $25.00 per hour from what I know $50 is about avg.
November 23, 2010 6:54 AM
I pay $300 for every 12 sessions. She also does a supplemental 8 week Yoga Bootcamp for an extra $150.
November 23, 2010 6:55 AM
I had a personal trainer for two years. I belonged to the gym, then bought packages of sessions. The sessions were one hour long and I worked out with him twice a week. I purchased the largest packages available because that made them cheaper. But, even then, it averaged out to about $50/session. This was with a large, national chain. You might be able to find a better deal with a local, independent gym. I have even heard of personal trainers that come to your house, but they might be more expensive. I really liked having a personal trainer for a couple of reasons: the appointments were scheduled so I couldn't just decide I was tired and skip the workout, and he made me complete all of the reps on all of the exercises and thus pushed me harder than I would have pushed myself. But, you could hire a trainer for a short period of time to put together some workouts for you, then you could continue to do the workouts on your own. As far as what to ask, you just need to find someone you are comfortable with and who understands and agrees with you on your fitness goals.

I hope this helps.
November 23, 2010 6:56 AM
I would suspect it depends on where you live and all that. My trainer is $30/session. He gave me one free when I bought 4, but I don't know that will continue. I "auditioned" a trainer that was about $75/session but they were private. They only did PT at their location and only one person at a time. I didn't like him well enough to pay that money, and I got over the idea of letting other people see me working out. :-) Most of the people I talked to regarding training were about $30/session though. I live in Nebraska.
November 23, 2010 6:56 AM
depends on the location (different parts of a country...etc), the trainer's local reputation, and what kind of training they do. It can run anywhere from 20 bucks to 200 bucks (and higher for some of the "celebrity trainers"), but in general for a basic trainer who's decent and has the accreditations normally needed, it's between 35 and 75 bucks per hour.
Edited by SHBoss1673 On November 23, 2010 7:10 AM
November 23, 2010 7:00 AM
Mine is $200 a month for 2 30 min sessions a week so averages just under $25 a session. This is the trainer through the gym and they do specials so it depends. I know it was only $40 more a month to go from 1 session a week to 2.
November 23, 2010 7:02 AM
My trainer is $100/month for a weekly 30-40 minute session. I love her in a sick way...she kicks my butt and makes me want to puke bigsmile
November 23, 2010 7:06 AM
Average cost for a personal trainer.....??? TOO MUCH!!!! No, I'm just kidding, I'm sure they deserve whatever they charge, it's just with my budget I can barely afford my gym membership! Personal trainer is on my list for when I become sickeningly rich. :)
November 23, 2010 7:10 AM
I've been a trainer for 8 years and I can tell you that a quality trainer will run you anywhere between $50 to $100 depending on location (city, at home, gym, etc), how often you train, and their experience level. I definitely recommend you "try out" a variety of trainers before committing to one. You want to find one that motivates you, is knowledgeable about physiology, kinesiology, and good nutrition. Find the trainer that challenges you, incorporates cardiovascular with resistance training, and is concerned with your overall well-being and safety. There are a lot of trainers who really do not have the knowledge base or the experience to train (generally will charge a lot less but in the long run are a waste of money).

I do not recommend a bootcamp unless you have some basic level of fitness. It may discourage you and lead you to quit. Find a good trainer who can teach you to do it on your own eventually and motivate you to stick with it and get your butt moving!! 

Good luck! Dani
February 15, 2013 12:55 PM
If you are in Calgary, the going rate is between $65 to $85 an hour. But you can get group rates too which will half that. (That's what I'm doing!)
September 4, 2013 7:31 AM
My trainer is only $320 a month. And I get 5, 1hour sessions each week. This is extremely cheap for personal training but he is awesome!
September 4, 2013 8:09 PM
$70 per hour. If it was less expensive I would have one right now. That amount on top of the nearly $100 monthly membership dues is out of my budget. I love my gym but wish personal training was more affordable.
Edited by sunnysparkles16 On September 4, 2013 8:09 PM
September 4, 2013 8:12 PM
Where i live anywhere from 40-60/hour. Sometimes if you purchase a bulk of sessions the price goes down. Many places do group personal training too. One I know is 99/month, some are 25 or 35/session for a group training.
September 4, 2013 8:26 PM
I just received my NASM certification for personal training. Started this summer and I love it! As I mentioned, I am brand new and live in a very small community. My rate is $30 an hour which is very comparable around here. Like others have said it really depends on where you live, the trainers experience/specialty, and the gym. I also go Group Fitness Boot Camp classes which are more affordable. Group Fitness classes may be a great option for you if you are on a budget, and don't be afraid to take the class at your own pace to stay in your comfort zone and prevent injury.
September 4, 2013 8:29 PM
I live in Cleveland, OH and my trainer does group personal training for $135/month and thats for 3 one hour sessions per week. The groups are small and I kind of like it better than strictly one on one. I like a little bit of independence in my workouts.
October 9, 2013 1:05 PM
I'm in NJ in the NYC Metro area, so I think we are a bit high. I pay $50 an hour for a trainer who comes to my office. She charges some of her other clients $60, depending on their location.

At the gym I used to go to (NY Sports Club), it was more like $75 or $80 for a one-hour session, depending on the package.
October 9, 2013 1:13 PM
The cheapest trainer at my gym is $50/hour. I think they goes as high as $120/hour
April 21, 2014 4:42 PM
you're better off with a beachbody program. No gym membership fees, no trainer fees. Quality dynamic effective workouts.

I've lost 12pounds and 10% body fat.

April 21, 2014 4:48 PM
My trainer costs $55/hr (in Canada) I go see her once a week at her own home private gym... she gives great advice and almost kills me each time. To me the money is worth it cause on Fridays I will think "crap I only have 5 days till i go see her again... i need to improve more" So it pushes me harder at home as well.
April 21, 2014 4:51 PM
What I have learned from this thread: move out of Los Angeles. Everything is crazy expensive here.
April 21, 2014 4:52 PM
I'm not using a trainer anymore but when I was, mine charged $100 an hour. I only paid $75 an hour though because I am friends with her son. smile
April 21, 2014 4:55 PM
It depends on where you live but I know the studio where I work out does personal training and will have deals when you buy multiple sessions. For example they are doing one where you get 10 one hour sessions for 50 dollars each session. You pay 500 dollars up front but you have 10 sessions. It's a good deal for the area (medium sized city). Good luck. It is so worth it!
June 24, 2014 6:59 PM
Hiya, I'm a trainer in Toronto Canada and my rates are between 85 to 100 a session. Like many said it does depend on the experiance of the trainer and where you live. Since I have over 15 years of fitness under my belt, have won numerous fitness shows and have trained over 1000 clients including fitness competitors, my rates are higher than average. In Toronto an average personal trainer cost is about 70$. I would personally recommend really doing your research and asking your trainer for client results and testimonials. Otherwise, even 25$ an hour is a waste of money.
Good luck :)
June 24, 2014 7:05 PM
sucks for all of you. 20 bucks per hour in my area


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