5 Tips for Negotiating How Much to Pay a Trainer

May 18, 2018 • By Penelope Torres
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Usually, a fitness trainer makes $40 or more per hour. This rate includes the gym fee (in most cases). Moreover, trainers don’t ask for separate traveling expenses. 

Still, it’s better if you check up with the management and ask them about the following:

Ask Their Quota

We spoke with our local chain gyms, they are known for their selling prowess. Little does the common man know they can use these marketing tactics against them.  The key point is, that gyms expect a pre-set number of sales, and they have their deadlines and quotas.

Therefore, if you want to save money, ask them at the end of the month (closer to the deadline).

Try to go at the end of the day, or week and they will agree to meet the quota. You will never know how close someone is to their quota, but they will bargain if it helps them get closer to their target.

Refuse to Pay for Simple Workout

How do you learn to do a job? It’s simple, you walk forward and do it faster. What else were you expecting? The irony is, that people willingly pay the salary of a personal trainer just to see them do the exercise.

The key is, that when you hire a trainer, you pay for sessions. Let’s say you pay for 10 or 15 sessions, regardless of what you do; your trainer can’t teach you every important thing within this time frame.

Despite what you agree to pay, you need to have them on your side for a long time if you want to make a difference.  Not every trainer will rip you, but you better be careful.

If you are afraid, you can start with a treadmill or cycle on your own. When the trainer shows up, you can learn the tough stuff like free weights or Pilates.

Find a Right Sport for Yourself

No one wants a sports coach, but it’s important to find someone who suggests a training regime that fits you. We are not talking about physical stuff like which muscles to train, etc. Instead, we are

  • Help you get affordable gym equipment
  • Don’t mind the extra time
  • Help you get into a sports club

Try to find a fitness trainer who can double as a sports trainer. This will help you both get along.

See Their Time Limits     

As said before, training packages are divided into sessions, but you better ask about the time limit for each session. It means if there are 50 sessions, they usually won’t show up daily, so you need to adjust the sessions during each month. A session can be anywhere from 30 minutes to 1-2 hours or more.

You pay for sessions but most people sort of waste them out of their laziness. This is why most companies cancel the sessions after an expiry date without any refunds.

Set a Boundary

Fitness is a lifelong thing, not training fees. So, before you start, you need to set a stopping point that is based on your self-improvement instead of time.

You can stop once you have taken care of the simple stuff. Once you reached the goal, carry on your own.  When you improve to a new level, come back for some advanced training. Lazy people want someone to spoon-feed them. So the point is, prepare yourself to leave, and don’t pay non-stop.

Penelope Torres

She is a health blogger that knows exactly what readers expect from her writings on nutrition, health and wellness. She inspires them to act and educate them on nutrition and healthy living using real and scientifically-based facts that support her ideas.
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