I have a question about pricing. I work at 5 star hotel as their personal trainer but am a independent contractor. The hotel is being reserved in a 5 day conference for a company that wants me to hold a large group fitness class for their 175 attendees (they don’t think everyone will come). They want to pay per hour instead of per person. What is a fair price to charge?
I would charge according to the time I would be preparing, the time for me to come and go to the location, for the class, and for set up/break down at my highest hourly rate. But I wouldn’t exceed $500. I would also call the local paper and try to get a photographer and writer to the event to put it in your local newspaper. That publicity alone would be worth doing the class to get.
When we host presenters at the club where I work, many ask for a base fee and then a percentage on top of that. Plus expenses. Those are “big name” fitness people.
I’m hoping to do an event early this fall, where people will need to pre-register in order to get the equipment and print handouts in time. For that, we are charging per person, with a cut-off 2 weeks in advance. We also get to stay at the resort where we’re teaching for the weekend.
If I were doing just a flat rate, I’d figure very close to what Karin quoted, looking at my travel time and gas in addition to my teaching time.
Statistics show only 20% of Americans hold a gym membership of some kind and only a smaller portion of Americans regularly workout. So to be conservative, thinking only about 25-30% of individuals would show up, so 50-65.
If you flip the script, and think to charge just a nominal $5 per person at this potential, then you could ask for $250-$325 for the hour. It would seem a fair rate even if half showed up!
Hope this goes well, that sounds like a lot of fun!
Yours in health,
Eric Sarra, CPT
Desire to Achieve Fitness
Hello Erica Mitchell,
This is hard when you don’t know how many people will attend. How much work is involved, how many quick assessments to do? What the class needs and wants or what the company hopes to gain from the sessions?
If you are a regular contractor, I assume you do not have the travel time like Karin does. I do not know what your area would support, either. This is a time to do your homework in order to find out what large group events cost previously.
I believe it should be in the $75/hour to $100/hour range due to the large number of potential participants.
Please let me know what you decide and how it went. I know you will enjoy the experience.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.