Session for session, I make way more training mobile. The personal cost, however, is also way higher in time utilized. Transportation, loading equipment, planning routes in case of road work or traffic.. yadda yadda ya. So, I don’t normally do it. I have a studio and I love it. I train more sessions per day and don’t have nearly the hassel. I do still undertake mobile sessions but they cost… a lot.
I have a gym in my home where I train most of my clients.I bought my equipment overtime. I get to write off my equipment and space. I also worked at a gym and they took most of our money for each session. I love the freedom and since I am at home I workout between clients and get stuff done in my house.
I have worked in a gym and now work as a mobile trainer. I definitely earn more now than I did in a gym. I sell my sessions as a package with payment up front. This benefits both the client and the trainer; the client has to make a commitment an I am assured a certain amount of money. I have been doing this for a few years now, and ave never had a client not renew thir contract.
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.