Percentage for trainers that work in membership gyms?
I currently run a studio and we are building and opening a fully equipped gym with memberships, fee based group fitness, etc. I hear that the going percentage is lower than it used to be. As low as 50% for training studios... but what is the standard for a trainer that works in a gym with memberships?
The report is based on responses from 84 clubs, representing 555 total facilities. So the actual rates can still vary from these ranges depending on the club's location, business model, and target market. There are about 30,000 commercial clubs in the U.S., and I wouldn't be surprised if the upscale/premium clubs or independent studios pay their trainers more than the average.
There are also other things you can consider for compensation beyond hourly pay such as health insurance, vacation/leave days, vouchers or financial assistance towards CEU's, and maybe even incentive bonuses for client retention.
Hope that helps!
I believe the going rate at the major clubs (24, LA, Bally's) is anywhere between $25-$35/hour. I know it is not much because you can make a lot more being independent, but it also depends on the cost of living where you are opening your club, because that could be a great rate.
I hope that helps!
I myself, now make sure I am getting at least 50% at any place I go to if I work in a facility at all. I have worked in some locations that went as high as 70, but that was in a contracted position. Very different from a studio setting.
I think the best thing you can do is cater to your trainers. With this economy, some people will be looking for more regular work while others will be working numerous jobs. So having a set hourly rate with benefits may be enticing to someone looking for 40hours, the other person may be interested in taking more home to their family in a short amount of time. If you are a small enough studio, see if you can offer a case by case scenario or maybe just options to stay fair to everyone.
If you take care of the employees, and display that you value and appreciate their work, there is less of a chance of them running off with your clients. Sure it can always happen, but if they like where their at, why would they leave?
I don't think there is a "standard"...primarily based on the median household income based where a trainer/club is located.
I have worked for clubs that were based on percentages and others as an independent contractor.