1) Are there facilities that rent space to independent personal trainers to train their clients?
2) From low, medium to high, what are the hourly personal training rates in Philadelphia?
3) Are independent trainers permitted to place business cards in condominiums, doctors offices, bike or ski shops, hospitals, etc?
If you do decide to relocate, please allow me to be one of the first to welcome you to the area. I’ve worked in clubs in the city, but now (for the past 20 years) I just work with private clients in their homes, mainly in the Western suburbs of Philadelphia. Let me take a look at your questions:
1) Yes. Clubs/Training studios offer various deals to independent trainers. Try to grab a copy of Philly Fit Magazine – a lot of clubs advertise for independent trainers in there. It’s a free publication – you can find it at gyms, health food stores & certain grocery stores such as Whole Foods. I’m sure it’s online also.
2) That’s going to vary based on experience an credentials – that’s anywhere. But if you’re looking for some ballpark numbers, I would start by pricing other trainers in the area who have a similar background as you. Look online – that’s a good place to start.
3) Like any city, you’re going to have to develop professional relationships to get referrals. Nobody is going to hand out your business card if they don’t know you. As you build a good reputation up over time, I’m sure you’ll get plenty of referrals.
Good luck Jan – it’s a great place to live. Despite what the national media believes, we’re great sports fans too! They still keep writing about booing Santa Claus in the 60’s – it’s getting pretty boring. Feel free to e-mail me with other questions (on profile). Good luck with your decision Jan.