It is me again…with a different question this time.
My personal training business now that I’ve officially launched is taking off a bit quicker than I envisioned (this is a good thing i know!). However, I’m not versed nor thought about this one little issue – WHERE do I train my clients. For example, I have a potential client interested in training with me. She has no gym affiliation (and even if she did not sure I could come in as a guest to train her?). I have affiliations with two gyms, one that one even allow for outside guests (it is a private gym i use for myself solely) and I do have a membership to Planet Fitness. Am I allowed to bring a “guest” as my client if I have the black card membership? It looks like I will end up with a couple clients right off the bat (again didn’t see this coming this fast!) and now in a panic to figure out where the heck do I train them. I can do some bodyweight/basic training outside at my house (i have a large private yard) but I need a facility to be based out of. Recommendations would be hugely appreciated! THANK YOU!!! (again)
Some gyms have trainers on staff, some hire as contractors, some allow trainers to ‘rent’ facility use. Pretty much every place I have worked have rules that a trainer, even if they are a member cannot work with a client on site unless they have an official legal relationship with that gym. You can always ask the 2 gyms what their rules are, and whether you can sign on with them, and what the rules are for training non members. I know some people work ‘under the table’, but when I was training I never did… for one thing without that legal relationship with the center their insurance will not cover you, and your own might not if you are breaking center rules. For another it makes one look unprofessional, and the road to establishing one’s business is to do so with clear legal and ethical guidelines.
If the 2 places you work will not allow non members to come, or if the structure for your bringing them in to train would not make economic or logistical sense you have several options.
If the person enjoys outside training you could do that. You would need to talk to local authorities and make sure you can use the space in which you are interested and whether there are fees. You would also need to make sure you are insured to go outside. But that can be a good option.
You can look into small facilities that are willing to rent to you as an outside contractor where you can bring your clients on an hourly rate. This seems to be pretty common. There have been people with studios on this site asking the opposite question about how to find people who are interested in renting. You might have to do some local searching and calling, but should be able to find something.
You can train in their homes or offices. I did a lot of that when I trained. My area was densely populated and had great mass transit, so the travel time and expense was not great, and as I usually worked with either people who were more beginners or from the yoga world I found I did well with rubber resistance and light weights. You will need to be creative about the equipment part, but it is doable.
You could also check local churches and synagogs to see if they do not have someone on site and if they would rent to you.