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What Are the Hours for a Personal Trainer?

author image Lisa M. Wolfe
A mother of two and passionate fitness presenter, Lisa M. Wolfe had her first fitness article published in 2001. She is the author of six fitness books and holds an Associate of Arts in exercise science from Oakland Community College. When not writing, Wolfe is hula-hooping, kayaking, walking or cycling.
What Are the Hours for a Personal Trainer?
Personal trainers can work from early morning to late evening hours. Photo Credit: OSTILL/iStock/Getty Images

If you want to hire a personal trainer, expect their evening schedule to be jam packed. If you are thinking of being a personal trainer yourself, you may have to put your social life on hold. If you want to work nine to five, 40 hours per week, you want to look past becoming a personal trainer. Personal trainers have to be available when their clients are not working or participating in parental responsibilities. Personal trainers do have the luxury of setting their own hours, but only to a certain extent.

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Early Morning

As a personal trainer, you may have clients that want to workout before they go to work. This means you have to be awake and motivating clients between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. in the morning. This schedule is difficult if you have young children who need breakfast and get to school or if you are not a morning person. The benefit of training clients early in the morning is you can be finished working by ten o'clock and then potentially have the rest of the day free for your family and yourself.


Your midday clientele may consist of homemakers or those who work midnight shifts. The hours between noon and 4 p.m. at a health club are usually the lightest for members working out, so it is a nice time to personal train as you will not have to wait to use the equipment. If your midday sessions are not filling up, you can use this time to teach group exercise classes, such as strength training or boot camp, to those who exercise during their lunch hours. You may also be asked to visit an office to provide lunch time personal training.


Evening personal training hours from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. are usually the busiest. The after-work clientele wants to stop at the gym on their way home from work so they can spend the rest of their evening with family or friends. Your evening schedule will likely fill quickly. Ask for commitments from your clients so they do not cancel their sessions and leave you standing around for an hour. Most clients will be finished before 10 p.m. so that exercise does not interfere with their sleep schedule.


The in-between hours for your personal training business should be spent on marketing and promoting. You can use this time to introduce yourself to club members or speak with local business owners about your services. You can set up "lunch and learns" at larger corporations to introduce yourself and your services to the community members. You can also design flyers, newsletters or business cards to share health and wellness information and entice new clients.

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