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)
This has helped me out so much as well! I just received my personal training certification and I am looking to work independently. I want to work independently at the moment because I can not conform to specific hours at this point and I need to be able to make my own schedule. I’m glad I read this because I assumed, as a member of a gym with unlimited guests, that I would be able to bring clients in with no problem. After all, I already pay the gym and this is what the membership guarantees me but I guess I’m wrong. Nonetheless, to cover myself, I will look at private fitness studio as well as liability insurance before I get anything started.
Good answers. Working a deal with an established fitness center is a good idea. Working with your clients in their homes is an option, although equipment can be an issue. I took the time and expense to make a workout studio in my home so clients come here. They don’t have to deal deal with the pressures and anxieties sometimes inherent in training in a more populated facility.
You should find a gym that allows independent trainers in. You’ll pay a fee for each session and some will offer you a flat rent option. The client will likely have to get a membership there. Alternatively you can find a personal training studio where it’s customary to only have the per session fee option and no membership for the client, but they can only use the facility while training with a trainer.
Don’t open your own space unless it’s free or if you can get other trainers to pay the rent. Ido not recommend you using your home without hefty additional insurance for the space and strong waivers. It’s possible that one wrong move could cost you your house.
Don’t sneak into planet fitness and pretend you are training with your friend. They’ll know and you’ll both be out.
Keep your costs low, but don’t try for zero.