I am currently a personal trainer at 2 gyms and I work front desk at one of the gyms. As of right now, I am in a major financial crisis where I barely have enough to pay rent. All of my money from both jobs as a trainer and front desk barely give me enough to only pay rent. I am in the process of training clients at their gym (24 Hour Fitness, City Sport, etc.) and was wondering if it’s ever a good idea to look for clients via cold approach (striking a conversation with someone that I don’t know and then selling Personal Training).
Your best bet would be to make connections at the gyms you are currently working at. Offer free sessions and assessments and try to ask for referrals from your current clients. As for places like Starbucks or other public locations you can always put up some flyers or business cards with your information and hopefully you will pick up some new private clients. I hope this helps.