I currently run a studio and we are building and opening a fully equipped gym with memberships, fee based group fitness, etc. I hear that the going percentage is lower than it used to be. As low as 50% for training studios… but what is the standard for a trainer that works in a gym with memberships?
The rates have changed so dramatically since 2000. When I used to work for a club it was a 60/40 split and you would get a 10% commission if you sold the package. Today, it is no longer the case and a lot of trainers get a set hourly rate based on their experience, their certifications/degree’s and how long they have been there. I also noticed when I work out at the local 24hour fitness’s when you read the bio’s the have a sections that states hours of personal training done in their lifespan with that specific company. So I am assuming that also affects their pay grade too. I am looking to open up facility in about a year and when I start hiring trainers I am going to give them a set hourly rate, plus benefits. I think the benefits can offset what they make per hour because this is a huge incentive and it will hopefully force them to be more loyal to the company, versus taking the client’s and leaving.
I believe the going rate at the major clubs (24, LA, Bally’s) is anywhere between $25-$35/hour. I know it is not much because you can make a lot more being independent, but it also depends on the cost of living where you are opening your club, because that could be a great rate.
I hope that helps!