I make more money being self-employed as personal fitness trainer. It’s easier to be flexible with clients who have different level of income. I rather receive $15-20 rather than nothing at all. Some of my clients have lower income afford to pay for $50-100 per session. It’s more important to help enhance the quality of life for more people rather than less people.
Transporting equipment is inconvenient and can add significant cost for equipment needed to train various clients compared to a gym which will most likely have all the equipment you need.
But mobile training is more lucrative than working in a gym as well as being able to set prices based on client income compared to fixed rates which could turn potential clients away in the gym.
I’ve done both as well. It has been much more lucrative for me at a gym/club, I can fill my schedule up easily without as many gaps and of course no drive time lost. And like others mentioned the club fills up some gaps in my schedule with new clients too! Alsom, unless you’re doing in home training for a club or you’re in business for yourself already you not only have to figure in cost of gas but liability insurance as well. The exception for me has been mobile group circuit training. I love doing that and if a group of 8 or more pay for a full month of group training it’s worth my time to go to them.
Hope you find the best fit for you!
I totally agree with Debi above. When you’re trying to figure out your actual “take home pay” amount from mobile training, in comparing it to your in-gym training you have to look at some of the obvious expenses: gas, etc. along with some of the hidden costs: such as “opportunity lost” due to travel. A lot of trainers focus only on the dollar amount being charged/collected instead of factoring in the lost time due to travel. So, for example, a $100/hour mobile rate may initially look great compared to a $60/hour rate at the gym (these are just examples :-)), but if your total time (training and travel) to the mobile client took you 1.5-2 hours total, your actual per hour rate is lower, AND when you add in the direct costs of the mobile travel, that $100 rate is not so great all of a sudden.
I think that your question is a great one, and hits on the type of analysis a trainer must take a hard look at before deciding the rate they should charge for their mobile training practice. Take a look at ALL related costs before setting your mobile training rates!
I hope this helps.