This is obviously a question we get asked a lot and it does depend on the package that you decide to go for and the Personal Trainer that you ask.
From a buyer’s perspective, it can be difficult to work your way through the minefield of who or what to look for.
Who is qualified?
What does each qualification mean?
Does the trainer practice what they preach?
How long have they been a personal trainer?
What kind of results do they get with normal people like me?
And of course…ultimately…
How much is this going to cost?
Personal Training is an Industry that has a low barrier to entry. Just 6 weeks and around £2000, 4 multiple choice exams and 2 coursework portfolios and anyone reading this could call themselves a Personal Trainer.
To us at Thrive, a Personal Trainer is someone that is capable of progression your flexibility, strength, fitness and body shape over the long term benefiting your health. The whole package.
Hiring a Personal Trainer can be life-changing and best decision you could ever make for your health. If you know what to look for.
Here I will aim to give you a clear idea of how much a Personal Trainer will cost and more importantly what you should expect to get for the money.
First, a couple of things to be wary of.
Selecting a Personal Trainer that will give you value for money can be a challenge.
Some Trainers are good with the sales talk but don’t necessarily back it up in qualifications and underlying knowledge.
Some have qualifications but not quite the personality and interpersonal skills to help progress a person over the long term.
Some have a great personality but are unreliable and don’t turn up on time
Some a great while they last but then move on after a few months at the gym
Some are constantly trying to impress themselves with their own physique rather than looking after you. This is fine, but this type of trainer still has a lot of growing and developing to do
Some look and sound like they know what they are doing, but they are training you with their own training routine that they buy for themselves from their online coach or worse still just find on Instagram.
So how do you find the full package in a Personal Trainer for a reasonable cost?
The training systems and training environment
The reliability over time
The nutrition as well as the training
Does this exist? And if so how much does it cost?
In our experience trainers can cost anywhere from £20 per hour up to £60 per hour in the North West.
Be aware of who you are paying…
Pay for a trainer that creates value for you.
Some trainers are slightly overpriced because they only get a certain cut of the money you pay them. They are either paying a chunk of your fee to an agency to manage them or a gym for the privilege of targeting their clientele and using their space and equipment. This means the price will be inflated to pay this third party which may not translate into value for you.
Pay for a trainer that invests in you.
Hire a trainer that shows evidence of using a considerable amount of the money you pay to constantly improve the quality of training they deliver to you. For example, they read (actual books, not just facebook posts) they go on courses, they invest in kit and training tools for you to use.
Pay for a trainer that is available.
Hire a trainer that goes on holiday LESS than you do. If your trainer is constantly unavailable because they are off on their next trip then running their business and providing value to you long term, is not their goal. This type of trainer is running a lifestyle business to allow them to take Instagram photos of their next trip away rather than design your next training progression.
Pay for a trainer that has a system.
A valuable trainer won’t train clients ad hoc and come up with training plans on the fly. They will have a tried and tested system that runs year after year which can be tweaked to meet your needs. It won’t follow the latest fads or trends. It will be based on training principles rather than popular training techniques.
Pay for a trainer that has a network of professionals available to you
A trainer should have access and can refer to a great physiotherapist and potentially someone who can help you with food preparation as these components are valuable parts of the process.
Pay for an adult.
Don’t hire a child. If a trainer can’t wash their uniform to turn up to your sessions properly dressed, or don’t even wear a uniform. If you spend more time listening to the latest relationship or family drama in their life instead of receiving specific coaching points on your form you shouldn’t be paying for it.
If they wear a baseball hat or flip flops in your session because they are more concerned about how they look and their comfort than the professionalism of their delivery, they aren’t worth the top money. These are your £20 per hour trainers and you will likely get unreliable, on-the-fly type training associated with this trainer.
Pay for the environment
You are paying for the environment as well as the trainer. If you cant train in the gym at the times you want because it is too busy then you should consider how much you are paying.
Pay for a multiskilled trainer that has scientific knowledge of how the intensity of training sessions relates to the duration and frequency of training sessions. In short, hire a scientist, not a hammer.
Many trainers work like hammers. Every client is a nail and the trainer takes pride in being the trainer that can give you the hardest hammering. This is not an intelligent training approach and indicates a poorly educated trainer. Pay money for a trainer that understands human Anatomy & Physiology.
£30 is a reasonable hourly rate for a personal trainer.
The problem is this is usually the start point for a new trainer that has no experience and is often learning more from you than you are for them. This is basically training with a teenage intern and as they progress their price will rise up to £50 per year. Maybe at an additional £5 per year.
To see results you need to commit to at least 2 hours per week of training.
So this is going to equate to around £250 per month – this is reasonable as long as the excellent value is provided.
This should be an all-inclusive price for:
- A Trainer with Degree level knowledge or above and 10 years of experience
- Access to your own Private Training gym with purpose-built kit and showers and changing rooms
- Access to all group classes up 5 per week on top of the PT sessions
- Access to all the nutrition Coaching you require
- A monthly accurate measure/assessment
- Tracking of your heart rate for training progress
- Exercises tailored to you specifically from a scientific year-long plan, that works that is already written out
- Availability with multiple slots from 6am-9pm through the week with additional availability at weekends
There is a way to pay £30 an hour for experienced, professional, qualified University educated trainers with over 10 years of individual experience.
This type of trainer is easy to tell apart from the other types of PT’s because they are committed enough to provide top professional service to invest significant personal finance, risk and time in creating their own bespoke Personal Training environment.
They will have their own purpose-built facility where you can receive a professional service that is going nowhere over the long term.
If a trainer is willing to invest all their energy, money and risk into providing a private facility where you can experience the most professional personal training then you are safe to invest your money in them. They will invest in you for the long term.
For these trainers pay £250-£300 per month as part of a full access package to the training facility.
The trainers who look like they invest little in themselves as trainers are likely in it for the short term. Paying these at all may not be a great idea, but certainly not more than £10-£15 per hour.
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