How much should I be paying for a personal trainer to come to my home? We use my equipment, my home, he lives just around the co
I am building a home gym. Right now, A friend of mine who is certified as a personal trainer but does not practice, comes to my home to train me. We use my equipment and he lives around the corner. How much should I be paying per hour, per half hour?
Business is business and I would ask myself.. if this person was not a friend of mine and is new in the field and uninsured...would I even consider hiring this person?
Same goes for someone that might do any repairs on your home or auto...are they licensed, insured, years in the field etc.
Also, you might look into your home owners insurance policy and make sure any person/s you do hire gets hurt on your equipment...will you be held liable for their medical bills and time off from their profession to recover?
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as I read your answers, it seems to me that you find yourself in a predicament. You are not happy with the trainer because the workouts are not challenging and you feel that you are overcharged, all things considered. The fact that the trainer is texting while training is absolutely inexcusable and shows a complete lack of professionalism. What makes matter worse is that fact that this person is a friend of yours, and I can imagine that you feel stuck in this situation and want to find a way out.
What trainers charge is a matter of geography and the market competition. A newly certified trainer will typically train for much less just to be able to establish a reference, particularly when training in his own business and not at a club where rates are usually set by the club.
What is of concern is that fact that you are not aware of liability insurance. Probably there is also no business licence which puts this entire situation on murky grounds. His demeanor (eg. texting) shows that he is not approaching this situation as a serious business. If this person was not a friend of yours, would you tolerate this? If somebody asked you about him and whether you would recommend him as a trainer, what would you say?
I realize that you would like a dollar number but the question is here what is it worth to you? Would the situation be any better if you paid half the amount?
I wish you good luck and hope that you will find a satisfactory solution.
It sounds as if you are saying that your friend should give you a discount because you have your own home gym, the distance your personal trainer has to travel to get to you is minimal and that your trainer is not currently training clients.
My question to you is are you meeting your fitness goals? Are you getting results? Is he/she an effective personal trainer? Do the skills your personal trainer friend possess have value to you? When your friend comes to train you on his/her time do you think he/she should be compensated for their time or are you both passing time together as friends? If you are just passing time together as friends do you think it might be a better idea to separate your personal relationship from the professional relationship.
You mention in your post words like "I", "mine", "my", yet you never mention that your trainer is using things that you don't own, like his/her knowledge, skills and abilities. Just because they are not tangible doesn't mean they don't have value.
Your home gym becomes an even more valuable asset when you can be taught by a certified, knowledgeable, skilled fitness professional who can show you how to get the most from your investment. Just as you have made an investment in your home gym, your friend has made an investment in becoming a certified personal trainer. Try your best not to undermine his/her professionalism.
I hope you two can come to an agreement about how to best approach this situation.
Best to you.
Thank you for your quick response. I apologize if I mispoke. I probably sound kinda self-oborbed, and should have included some background information as well. The trainer is newly certified. The trainer has never worked in a gym atmosphere. To my knowledge, he is not insured to be self employed.
I do try to separate the business from the friendship. There are times when he is texting while we train. I do place value in his knowledge, We haven't been consistent enough as of yet for goals to have been set.
Also, I have worked with personal trainers at the gym. The type of trainers who incorporate truck tires and heavy rope into your work out.
Right now, I am trying to come up with a fair price per hour and per half hour.
Thank you for providing more insight.
Here is what I would do. I would definitely make sure that the trainer has insurance for your protection and his protection.
Then I would do some homework to find out how much newly certified personal trainers are compensated on an hourly basis.
If it is your desire to be trained continuously by this trainer then perhaps you and your trainer might come up with a pricing structure that takes into consideration that you will be seeing him two maybe three times a week.
If it is hit and miss, then expect to pay a little bit more.
Since you already have experience working with seasoned personal trainers, you have a ballpark idea of how much personal trainers charge on an hourly basis.
I hope this gives you some direction and wish you the best!
Since he is your friend, you should also ask yourself if you are willing to put your friendship on the line if things don't work out. Or if the price will not be enough for him to train you or what will happen if you get injured because of his training. Or maybe you will get a better workout if you hire someone whom you don't have previous history with. Joanne is correct about hiring a trainer who has insurance for many reasons. And the fact that he does not practice his certification as a trainer should make you question his experience and the amount you are willing to pay him. If you are doing him a favor as a friend then it's a different matter. Joanne has some great points for you to consider before hiring your friend as a trainer.
Just because someone has a training certification doesn't make him a trainer.
Is his certification accredited by the NCCA? Some certifications are more valuable than others. You also have to compare his pay to other trainers in your area because certain cities and regions are more competitive.
Is he leaving the decision for how much to pay up to you? If so, you should plan to negotiate, letting him know what you expect and how much you would be willing to pay depending on his performance.
For example if he gets insured and stops texting while training, you could offer to work with him more often, longer, or at a higher hourly rate. But if he continues to give you the same quality without improving, you could pay him significantly less. Start by making a list of things you do like and things you don't like about his training and try to think of a non threatening way to bring them up when the time is right. If you can be open you can find the best solution for both of you. Good training is not cheap, but your expectations should be high.
It is good to know that you are setting up your own home gym for a healthy lifestyle; keep up the good work.
To continue that lifesyle, a personal trainer will charge more for in home personal training. As the others say, this is a professional who is worth every penny, when they properly set up business and give you their full attention.
If price is the main concern, then I would compare the traveling trainer fees in the area.
I really miss my old trainer. We lost touch when our area's Gold's Gym closed up. My favorite was the boxing. I know that he made house calls and brought his own equipment. Right now I am paying $40 an hour and our workouts are mundane.
Any and all suggestions/advice were be greatly appreciated.
My opinion is to interview a variety of different trainers, hire the one who fits your needs, rather than the one you think you are obligated to hire.
Look for a Nationally Accredited Certification, education, CPR/AED and liability insurance.
ACE, NASM, ACSM are all great.
I humbly disagree with some other posters that some certs are more "valuable" than others. Some are more expensive than others, but that doesn't mean they're better or that the trainer that completes that training is actually better.
Experience is key with training. While he may have also just gotten his actual Cert, I'd want to know what his real life experience in the gym is as well as how commited he is to learning on his own.
I agree that you can be doing him a favor by letting him train you. Not unlike massage therapist, trainers need (and should be required to present proof of, IMHO) many hours of practice training either pro-bono or for trade or reduced rate.
I work at a gym where a new trainer had to put me through a workout as part of her hiring process. She had a NASM cert and had NEVER worked out in a gym before. At all. She literally had NO idea what to do.
Experience and being an autodidactic learnerare key.
I was wondering where can I get a list of personal trainers who are doing house calls?
Or at least how can I get recommendations on such trainers?