I am interested to understand how much of the personal training market is private – where the personal trainer themselves take 90% of the fee paid by the client. And how much is generated from the gym themselves – therefore where the PT has to split the value of the session with them gym. I am interested in how this works in practice and where the PT’s would administer their private sessions.
If you are an EMPLOYEE(PT) of the facility & have a standing agreement with them, my opinion is to honor the agreement. If it cover these situations there you go, if not, this is where it gets tricky depending on who you are.
As an employee if you are in a system that respects the PT’s ability to foster new business relationships you may be able to negotiate something. This new un-solicited business is what all facilities CRAVE, whether they admit it or not.
As an independent you still have some kind of agreement that needs to be honored on both parts. But these kinds of situations get me hyped for renegotiations without me giving up jack…
Won’t lie & say I have never broken the rules & benefitted but, you pay for it in other ways even if not caught by managers or owners(my opinion).
When I advanced to a Regional Mgr. of PT, this was one of my biggest headaches. Please believe it will not go un-noticed very long in a facility properly managed.
MY OPINION(whatever its worth):
Approach management about maybe throwing you some extra clients or hours – gratuity(your own group class)…If available to you and this person is NOT a member already, train them elsewhere to start then introduce them to the facility later if needed. That’s the win-win for me here, You get new client @ 100% $, client gets the help needed and you may build your standing with the facility as a valuable component to the team.
IF THEY ARE A MEMBER ALREADY, I hope you understand my comments above and 90+% will definitely be out the question unless you can mind control management into it(I have never seen it as an “employee”).
If you are not bound by contractual agreement, have an alternative to training @ this facility & they are not an existing member, rock on buddy cause you may have landed a client @ 100%. Realistically minus gas, time, insurance & location fees which still never amounts to 90% for you unless Im doing something very wrong…
Its a machine not built for us(opinion). Its also why facilities hurt for/to keep quality instructors.
REAL TALK BIG BROTHA, I have been there, done that…
If you make self invaluable you can’t lose. You may have to lower your expectations for now but, if you are diligent you may find your way to those fuller indi paychecks sooner than you think(+/-).