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5 Factors Contributing to the Cost of a Personal Trainer

Apr 24, 2018

The old “you get what you pay for” adage gets a lot of use, but there’s something about the cost of a personal trainer that makes it ring particularly true.

Entering a contract with a trainer is a commitment, after all, and one that places your physical well-being in the balance. And because a personal trainer custom-tailors an exercise regimen around your personal goals, basing it upon your individualized health assessment, “getting what you paid for” has never been more important.

In many areas, the cost of a personal trainer can average $60-$80 per session, with some studios charging upwards of $100. But what goes into this ticket price, precisely?

Here are five of the biggest factors:

  • Location – Costs can vary from region to region, with urban areas typically landing on the higher end of the scale. Personal training sessions in New York City will demand a higher price tag than those in Georgetown, which will likely demand higher prices than Ellicott City. By and large, however, fitness centers can provide more economic options than trainers who operate from a private studio.
  • Duration – Most personal trainers suggest one hour sessions for optimum impact. There are those who will offer 30 minute workouts as a convenience to their clients (and a bump in their client list), but this practice is not advised at Fitness Together. Here, clients are in the studio for anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes. During the first 15 minutes of a session, the client warms up independently and is shown how to use the equipment. They then train in a private suite for 45 minutes. If the client has weight loss goals, the trainers encourage them to stay up to an additional 30 minutes to work on those needs.

To see true results, a proper workout requires sufficient commitment. Setting aside an hour, at minimum, for your workout is, understandably, a good chunk out of an already busy day – but it’s never going to be a waste of time.

  • Certification – Credentials come with a price tag, but such experience is invaluable when your health and safety are on the line. Certification from a respected association, such as The American Council on Exercise (ACE), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), or the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), are a strong vote of confidence that the trainer you choose has the right stuff.
  • Attention – When you’re part of a group session, you’re an indiscriminant number. If you’re lucky, you maybe have a slight chance to ask a question or request assistance. When you hire a personal trainer, however, you’re number one – plain and simple. Knowledgeable, one-on-one guidance focuses on you and you alone, and that translates into better results, faster.
  • Incentive – Personal training is a commitment. For many people, it is also a luxury of sorts. Knowing that you paid for an appointment reinforces the need to follow through. And that’s a good thing.

Small group classes are also a viable way to minimize costs. Fitness Together Ellicott City offers two styles of personal group training - partner, in which one trainer instructs two clients - and family, which can cater up to four people.

If the potential cost of a personal trainer makes you nervous, don’t be. Fill out our form to get some initial information, or call one of our representatives at 410-750-2228 to find out how our program works.

We promise it’s worth it.


Schedule a complimentary fit evaluation so we can get to know you and your goals and build you a customized training program to reach them.