I have one client who I only train for 30 minutes. He suffers from Parkinson’s Disease, and 60 minutes are simply too much for him. And since he used to work out with me for a whole hour before the diagnosis, I simply slashed the price in half and left it at that.
If somebody asked me today for that, I would probably charge 66% of my hourly rate to reflect the extra preparation time.
I used to offer 30minute sessions, but dropped them a few years back. I always felt the sessions were rushed, that there was not enough time to meet the needs of the client and that the clients expected the same results as those that met we me for a full hour. Plus add in prep time and travel time (I do in-home personal training), the money just wasn’t there.
I can see the need for a client such as Karen’s. However if I was to do it now, I’d be sure to set very clear expectations with the client. They can not get the same results as those that meet with you for a full hour (depending on their goals). I’d charge more than just half of an hour session, as Karen noted above. I’d also have them complete a full warm-up prior to my arrival. Any questions or concerns that they had, I would not have as much time to address as I do in an hour session. (I use the warm-up and cool-down time to talk with my clients about these concerns.)
I’m much happier now that I only offer hour sessions and small group.
Hi Joy. I do not offer 30-minute sessions to my ‘individual’ clients. I do however offer a 30-minute small group training for employees. I find that in that forum the 30-minute format works well since employees often do not have a lot of available time during their work day to exercise AND have time for lunch.