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How Much Should I Pay for an At-Home Personal Trainer?

author image Kay Ireland
Kay Ireland specializes in health, fitness and lifestyle topics. She is a support worker in the neonatal intensive care and antepartum units of her local hospital and recently became a certified group fitness instructor.
How Much Should I Pay for an At-Home Personal Trainer?
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Hiring a personal trainer to come into your home and help you reform your habits can give you the extra edge you need to meet your fitness goals. Unfortunately, private trainers can be pricey, especially when you reside in an area where trainers are in high demand. By asking upfront what a trainer's policies, contract terms and pricing are, you can begin a mutually beneficial partnership without the risk of missed communication and questionable terms.

Initial Discussion

While searching for the ideal personal trainer, you'll need to have frank discussions with the various trainers you contact. Expect to pay from $25 per hour to thousands of dollars per month. The average price is $60 to $70 per session whether you have a trainer come to your home or meet at the gym. The price will vary depending upon where you live. Some may set a price on a session-by-session basis, while others prefer a monthly or contract rate. Some gyms will offer you a discount if you buy multiple training sessions or sign up as part of a new membership. Online personal training sessions, via a webcam or Skype, are also available. If you're having the trainer come to your home or doing it via a webcam, ask what type of equipment is necessary so you understand what your upfront costs are.

Contract Terms

Once you've narrowed your search to one or two personal trainers, take the time to look over the client information and contract that a reputable trainer will supply you. The contract will likely cover terms such as your agreed-upon price, the length of your contract and what exactly you're paying for. It's important to read the contract thoroughly, since once you sign it, it's a legally binding document that proves your willingness to agree to all of the terms. It's also an excellent time to address any concerns you may have with the pricing or terms.

Buddy Rates

If your trainer's rates are too steep for you to afford in-home private sessions, consider splitting the fee with a friend. Most trainers will happily take on two clients at a time and some offer discounted buddy rates that are more affordable than one-on-one rates. You can still have your trainer come to your home and have individual attention but with the added benefit of exercising with a friend and a better overall price. Ask trainers about their buddy rates before committing to one completely.

Additional Fees

While the contract price or session price may seem affordable for a private trainer, remember that you may have other associated fees that alter the bottom line price of the sessions. Some trainers assess fees for late or canceled appointments, along with fees for other services, such as evaluation appointments, diet assessment and specialty instruction. Come the holiday season, a tip in the amount of your typical session rate may also be appreciated by your trainer. Ensure that you know what services your initial payment includes and what services are considered extras.

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