I’ve been teaching exercise to seniors – strength and motion, yoga and cadio, using chairs at local gyms for the past year. I want to expand on my own to assisted living centers. I would provide fitness assessment, equipment, music. How much to charge per class to the facility? Based on number of participants? size of facility?
Thanks for the responses. I’m so glad I found a place to go with my questions.
I have a AAS in Physical Therapy Assistant from about 5 years ago, but never took my certification test. So I can’t advertise that I am a PTA because I am not. I have CPR, First Aid, hepatitis vaccine, would have to get TB vaccine for sure. I have 1 million in liability. I don’t have any other certifications at this time, but am working on it.
I live in OKC. Group exercise instructors make $15-$20 here at least at the YMCA. Personal trainers make $30-$70 here.
I interviewed a personal trainer at an AL center to find out what I needed to start my company. He said they have outside vendors there that charge $20/class in the pool. He is a retired geologist and teaches chair exercise there but only has about 4 people out of maybe 200 residents. They have all levels of care from independent llving to memory care. I think that participation rate is very low. He did bring me in to teach chair yoga and I taught 2 classes at $30/class, and the facility told him no more outside vendors. He said he budgeted for outside vendors for 2013 and hopes to bring me back.
I know of one other person offing classes like mine, called and of course she wont tell me what she charges. I know she pays instuctors $25/class. She wants to get out of classes and do more personal training of residents.
My husband thinks I can charge $35/5 people and $3 for ea additional for a smaller facitilty and $50/10 people + $2 for ea additional person at larger facilities. The really large facilities I called have activity directors that lead classed M-F. So I am looking at offering my services to smaller AL centers.
I did have a small memory care facility that wanted a class. The activity director thought $35 per class was doable, then when she checked, the facility was not willing to pay that.
So other than the above, I have not pounded the payment yet offering my services. Budgets for 2013 are being done now so i need to get out there with my pricing structure now. I will offer a free demo class with food and flyers to advertise.
Sorry to ramble so. Any suggestions? I think a base rate is good so i’m not out for my time and travel.