I’ve recently been certified through NASM and want to train my clients at a local gym, but I want to remain an independent contractor. I’ve been teaching fitness classes in the area for almost three years, so I already have a client base to draw from.
I would like to know how you negotiate rates with local gyms. Do you pay a percentage? If so, what is a fair percentage? If not, how much is too much per month?
Do the gyms allow your clients to work out without having a membership?
What other details should I be thinking about? I already carry insurance. Thanks for your help
many gyms have their rules and will give you little room for negotiation. Having said that, that does not mean that you cannot try.
What I would highlight is the benefit that you can bring to a gym and what sets you apart from the other trainers. If you have loyal clients that will become members, that would be one. If you can attract new members because of your style of training, that could be a selling point.
Do not be disappointed if gyms will give you the ‘take it or leave it’ treatment. They understand the benefits to you as well as you yourself as you have listed them here. Once you are established in a place, you can always try to re-negotiate.
I wish you good luck.