I think a union of trainers would help trainers who work for large fitness chains. I have seen gyms slash wages by 50% or more for trainers while keeping management salaries untouched. I have also seen gyms fight against unions. I believe it would benefit the maintenance staff at these same facilities who often deal with abuse. What do you think about a trainer/fitness union?
Personal training in a club, even as a union job, is not set up to be well-paying. A few problems:
– an individual trainer can serve only one client at a time, and the market will not bear $100 per hour training – at least not for the person you can hire at the club, as opposed to a premium trainer that would come to your home or train you alone.
– even those professionals who earn $100 per hour typically do not rely entirely on client appointments for their income. They teach, speak, write, consult, sell some sort of value-added package, or use lower-paid subordinates to scale the work.
– the things that go with union jobs would lower the wages in a way that the employment market would totally change. A $40 per session, flexible job that might be a sideline to something else (like an art career) or supplemented by something else (like working a half-time job with benefits someplace and seeing clients) is more attractive to many people than a $10 per hour, full-time union job with benefits.
The money is just not there for training in a club to be a very high paying occupation.