I recommend asking smaller personal training studios in the Atlanta area regarding independent trainer policies. Larger franchises usually have staff employees serving as trainers and refrain from hiring independent trainers. I’ve only seen a few places–military bases and the YMCA–that take independent trainers–and that was sparingly.
Another option is to take the training–program and equipment–to your customers. You’d be surprised how many people like the convenience of a guided workout in their home! Convenience and flexibility are great selling points! And you’ve got the neighbor factor that can facilitate indirect marketing!
I hope that helps!
as Rob said, large gyms will rare take independent trainers. Another avenue to pursue are apartment complexes which often have quite well equipped gyms. You may be able to strike a deal with the management company to have training privileges in return for some assistance to the residents.
I think if you check around your area you will find some smaller, personally owned gyms/studios receptive to having independent trainers come in to train. They will likely charge you a fee which you will pass on to your clients, so just be aware of that. I’ve had some gyms and studios reach out to me here on IDEA to offer their places to train, so having your profile completed on IDEA is also a good start (I have my own in-home training business, but also do some independent contracting at other facilities).
Good luck to you!