I am a personal trainer and have been requested to offer a basic nutrition and exercise plan for a new client. The potential client would like to meet for about 30 minutes, twice a month to go over their “plan” and make adjustments and track their progress. How much do I charge for such consulting?
See what others are charging and charge more or less depending on your expertise/knowledge on the subject.
But I agree with Christine statement.
I charge the full session price for something like this. It does not help either of us (me or the client) to think that a shorter session requires less effort on either of our parts.
I do not offer menus or direct diet advice though. I do help clients understand what types of foods are good candidates for their meals and why. I discuss meal timing and calories, etc. And I give them encouragement as they progress.
Hello Sasha Price,
I charge a flat rate for the first hour; there is much work and travel that go in to this consultation. We all work many hours “off the clock” and need to be fair to ourselves. I also do a full assessment for everyone I work with so I know what is going on and needs to be done. Those who choose otherwise go elsewhere. This makes me the most comfortable to do my job most professionally.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
I charge my regular hourly rate for this type of training, although I don’t do it often.
I have done something like this in a special situation. A small-group client of mine was returning to her home country and wanted to learn enough exercises so that she could do strength work at home (no gyms nearby) with limited equipment.
Nutrition was out of my scope.
I met with her twice for a full hour, to teach her a variety of exercises. Then I met with her for a half hour for 12 times, to watch her exercise compliance on a portion of the exercises (could she repeat the exercises safely without my help, was she getting stronger). Depending on what / how she did, I’d either give her more instruction on existing exercises, progression on existing exercises, and / or a couple new exercises.
Based on her budget, her goals, and her motivation, this is what she could afford and the best plan we could come up with. Although the typical client will see better results if they train with me twice or three times a week for a full hour, I can sometimes compromise on my ideals for a client who understands the disadvantages of what they are asking.
I offer a one hour consultation free of charge
I used to charge but realized that I prefer to meet a potential client and be able to “get out of it” if I didn’t feel a connection
I would meet with your client with a plan designed around money and policy.
I would be clear that meeting twice a month is not advisable, get it in writing, and try to find a better arrangement for him or her.
I would charge your full rate for the sessions. Even tho it’s thirty minutes, factor in planning time and commuting if need be.