I am a relatively new trainer and am wondering how to handle the odd case where I meet with a potential client who really needs personal training and is 100% ready to commit, but absolutely cannot afford my services.
Hear me out- today I met with a young woman who is obese and having severe knee pain. Her doctor has told her that she must lose weight through diet and exercise to treat the pain. Without going into detail, she is severely economically challenged. After meeting her and conducting an assessment, I’ve determined that it is a good match. However, she cannot afford personal training at all. I would hate to deny her help just because she can’t pay. Have any of you set up a type of scholarship or trained someone for free for a long period of time? I was thinking of doing an exchange- if she would let me post monthly before and after photos and write about her experience, I could offer her my services at low or no cost.
What’s your take? I tend to be a big softie, and it doesn’t work out to well for me financially but I’m trying to find a silver lining or solution here…
It’s a nice gesture on your part but I would not do that.
Frankly, people say they don’t have the money but in fact it’s just a matter of re doing how they spend what they spend.
I had a client give up her two time a day trip to Starbucks and fast food and now she pays me instead.
Money is a motivator.
As a trainer it’s important to value your services.
From time to time, if someone wants to train but can’t afford me, I have them recruit a sufficient amount of friends that will pay and then they can train for free. But not in a one on one situation.