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The Cost of a Personal Trainer

author image Jeremy Hoefs
Based in Nebraska, Jeremy Hoefs began writing fitness, nutrition, outdoor and hunting articles in 2006. His articles have been published in "Star City Sports," "Hunting Fitness Magazine" and RutWear field journals, as well as on the Western Whitetail website. Hoefs graduated with a Bachelor of Science in exercise science from Nebraska Wesleyan University.
The Cost of a Personal Trainer
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Personal trainers are fitness experts hired by fitness clubs, training facilities or private studios to help clients reach fitness goals. According to the International Health, Racquet and Sports Club Association, nearly 91 percent of health clubs offer personal training with about 6.3 million Americans purchasing sessions as of 2007. The cost for hiring a personal trainer is determined by a number of factors, including geographic region, trainer’s credentials and the features of the training package.

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The most common form of personal training is a one-on-one training session. Rates are typically based on a session per hour basis and vary according to the individual fitness club or training facility. According to, the normal hourly rates range from $35 to $60, as of 2011. You can purchase different packages with a specific number of training sessions. As a general rule, if you purchase more sessions, the price per session decreases. For example, if you purchase three sessions, the price might be $50 per session. But if you purchase 12 sessions, the price might decrease to $35 per session.

Group Training

Some fitness enthusiasts enjoy working out with friends or training partners. As a result, fitness centers and personal trainers offer specific pricing for group training. The personal trainers typically offer a discounted rate for group training over one-on-one training. suggests that the cost of personal training group sessions can drop to $25 per session and per person. Not only do the clients receive a decreased rate, the personal trainer can design a wide variety of workouts for the clients.

Celebrity Trainers

Celebrity personal trainers training actors, singers and other public figures charge significantly more than traditional personal trainers at fitness clubs. Generally, these celebrity trainers have a broad education, background and experience for working with high-profile clients. As a result, the prices for training with celebrity trainers such as Gunnar Peterson or Tony Horton can reach $15,000 for a six-week workout program.

Online Personal Trainer

With the development of the Internet, online personal training programs are now widely available. Most of the online personal trainers still provide customized workout programs without the hands-on training during the workouts. By eliminating the hands-on training, online personal training costs significantly less than traditional personal training. For example, the Workouts For You online training website charges $16 to $45 per month depending on the training package with incentive packages for a one-year commitment. The online programs typically offer a 30-day money back guarantee.

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