Is Hiring A Personal Trainer Worth the Cost?

Your calves are sore, your biceps ache and let’s not even get started on your abs.

A hard personal training session can be draining for even the most dedicated fitness enthusiast, but for some, the biggest strain is not muscular – it’s financial.

Although a fitness professional will make you 30% more likely to hit your fitness goals, at one point or another we’ve all had these thoughts.

With sessions averaging around €60-80 per hour – rising to as much as €200 per hour per session, you might be wondering ‘is a personal trainer really worth the cost?’

While the number of sessions a person needs can vary, two hour-long sessions a week is typical though but this can vary depending on your personal goals and fitness needs. And, according to David Stalker, executive director of the Fitness Industry Association (FIA), personal trainers are key to getting the most out of your workout. He says that “in my experience you work out five or six times harder with a trainer than you would on your own”.

Kim Kardashian, Angelina Jolie, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, J-Lo have all been known to use personal trainers. However, for those of us who live on little ol’ planet earth, a personal trainer can take quite a hefty chunk out of your hard-earned paycheck. In this article, we’ll give you an unbiased look at whether a personal trainer is worth forgoing that new outfit and what health and fitness benefits a trainer can really bring to your workout.

Qualifications

NASM, CSCS, IFPA – the list goes on, there are so many different qualifications that are available to those who want to become a personal trainer! While exact specifications vary from country to country, becoming a personal trainer almost always requires some degree of formal training wherever you are in the world. As in most professional fields, the more education a professional has undergone relating to the job, the more they are likely to charge for their expertise. Someone who has earned a master’s degree from university often (but not always) commands a higher salary than someone in the same field who only has a bachelor’s degree.

Personal trainers who have undergone years of study are more likely to be able to cater to clients with special health conditions, will be more aware of injuries and how to deal with them and can sometimes provide extra information such as nutritional guidance, depending on what they have learned during their time in education. If you’re someone who has a specialist need then it’s advisable to look for a fitness coach who has a little bit more experience than the average trainer.

Regardless, it’s important to make sure that you thoroughly research the trainer’s certification and the organization that they got it from – don’t trust that impressive-looking certificate until you know exactly where it came from. This way you can make sure that the professional you are paying for is worth their weight gold.

Years of experience and expertise

It’s unlikely a film director would hire an actor fresh out of acting school for a lead role in a big-budget Hollywood feature – the personal training field is no different. Clients are unlikely to pay high prices for personal fitness trainers who don’t have any qualifications. Although there are exceptions, as in most fields, the more experience you have, the higher you can charge. While it’s not always the case, it can often be a great indicator as to whether your personal trainer is worth their salt.

If you’re someone who suffers from a specific health condition but still wants to stay fit and healthy then it is worth seeking out a trainer with more experience who is likely to be able to cater to your specialized needs. Knowing how to deal with a special case such as hypertension or fibromyalgia is something that only comes with experience.

Where you live

Ever tried to buy a property in London or New York? In the same way, that house prices vary by location, personal training prices will often be higher in major cities. For example, hiring a personal trainer in LA or New York will always cost more than working with a fitness instructor in a less well-known place. However, if you live in somewhere like Finland, you can hire a personal trainer like Joosua Visuri who can help you reach all of your fitness goals. Those living in Switzerland, you might wish to train under Michael in Zürich. Michael is an amazing fitness coach and speaks fluent English, so those thinking of getting into shape there should definitely consider his services.

The general rule of thumb is that rates will be lower in small towns and higher in urban areas. The higher fee reflects the increased costs associated with operating in these commercial centers e.g. travel and equipment hire so if you live in an urban area then you should expect to pay higher fees.

Specialist services and client needs

Personal trainers who offer specialist services such as assessment work, sports specific personal training or nutritional consultation will generally charge higher costs for these services. Typical pricing plans state that more features within a health and fitness usually command a higher price.

If you’re someone with a health and fitness condition that requires special attention then you should expect to pay more in order to get the dedicated services you require. Complex cases which require behind-the-scenes research and increased planning in order to maintain client welfare are likely to be charged at higher rates due to the increased amount of work that is involved such as detailed consultation and referral to other specialists.

Package Discounts

Some trainers offer special discounted services such as buying sessions in bulk or group classes, so if you don’t have enough money to pay for a one-on-one session, there are other options to get your fitness fix.

Following the recent move towards online personal training, trainers are using apps to connect with clients. Without the fixed costs associated with gyms and equipment rental, they can deliver the same expertise but at a lower price.

With prices averaging between €50 for a monthly subscription, the online personal coach can offer a more affordable alternative and one which doesn’t compromise on quality.

If you’re looking for a bargain or just a cheaper deal, buying personal training sessions in bulk can help lower your expenses while giving you the same expertise and service that you were looking for in the first place. This is a great way to get fit and health with an expert for less.

The final rep

Admittedly, if you’ve previously just been exercising in the park or working out at home, shelling out the extra money on a personal trainer can seem a bit decadent at first. But, if you’ve been looking into personal training you also realize that getting those toned calves you and bulky biceps will be a whole lot easier when you hire a coach to help you get fit. As long as you find the right personal trainer – that’s someone who caters to your needs and delivers an expert service – then it’s guaranteed to be money well-spent.

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By Fitmo CEO & Founder, Dave Roeloffs

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