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How much should I pay for a personal trainer?

Posted Jul 16 2012 12:36pm

When someone chooses to seek out the services of a personal trainer, there are many factors to consider.   However, no matter what your needs are, price will be the most important factor.   Will I be able to afford the type of personal training services that I need?   I am often asked the question, how much is a personal trainer?   In short, mostpersonal trainers in New York Cityrange from $60-150 per hour for a single session.   If asked to narrow the range, I would say most personal trainers in Manhattan range from $75-$105 per hour for a single session.   As one trainer recently confirmed for me, you may find rates to be a little cheaper in the other boroughs of Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, or the Bronx.   Sometimes as low as $40 per hour.

 

When considering price as one of your major deciding factors, you must keep in mind that working with a fitness professional is an investment in one's health and body.    That said, you cannot choose your personal trainer just on price.   Not all personal trainers are created equally and not all of them base their hourly rate on the same criteria.   Sometimes it may be as simple as supply and demand, but usually it is based on how they weigh different factors.

 For many, travel time is a factor on how much they charge, but others the rate is consistent as long as it is within their service area.   Another factor could be their years and level of experience.   Personal trainers who continue to take continuing education credits to improve their knowledge base can command additional dollars.   The question is whether you need to pay up for additional certifications you don’t need your trainer to have.   Another big consideration might be the expense incurred at the training location.   Are you training outside, in a home/ apartment gym, the trainer’s private studio, or an independent trainer’s gym.   Some fitness professionals pass along a training gyms fee, while others absorb the expense. 

In the beginning, we spoke about single session rates.   If you see a personal trainer NYC who may be a good fit for you, but they are slightly out of your price range, it is important to reach out to them and inquire about multiple session rates.   Mostpersonal trainers NYCwill offer discounted rates for clients who are willing to purchase a block of sessions at a time.   Session packages can range from 10, 20, or 50 to monthly packages.   All of these options offer discounts of varying degrees.   It is these discounts that could bring the right trainer for you to a cost that meets your budget.

 

Thus, the question of how much a personal trainer should cost, is better rephrased to how much should the right personal trainer for me cost.   As noted, that will come from weighing a wide variety of factors and deciding which combination should provide you with the best results.   Of course, the ultimate confirmation of your choice is when you have the muscle-toned, firm, body that you have always dreamed of having.

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