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
Hi again John,
In that case I would make sure you are bringing something new to the table and present it in a way that the owners would benefit from having you in their location and negotiate a rate to your favor. A flat rate might be better for you and also for the owners of the gym, but it all depends on what their rules are and how flexible they are with independent trainers. I agree with Michael and Karin that you will need to bring up your experience and unique style of training as well as fresh ideas to them so not only they will be happy to have you, but also send some new clients towards your direction.
I wish you good luck!
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