As a personal trainer I’m always looking for new ways to give my clients a great workout experience. Small group training seems to be the best way to give my clients the most bang for their buck. I’ll probably regret sharing this formula but knowing where your money goes may help you make more informed decisions when it comes to purchasing personal training packages.
When hiring a personal trainer the most expensive option would be to have a trainer come to your home. Because personal trainers are independent contractors or entrepreneurs they have to factor in things like gas, liability insurance, and equipment in their rates.
The next best option is to hire a trainer through a gym or health club. In this scenario you are paying for their time in thirty minute increments. This is not bad, however you must pay the monthly membership fees at the gym in order have access to the trainer. But if you’d rather not workout at home this would be the way to go. Unless your personal trainer holds sessions in public place like a park where the space is free of charge.
The best option that I’m now experimenting with is called group training. Group training is not to be confused with Boot Camps. A boot camp is a style of aerobics training like kick boxing or plyometrics. It’s just another format. Group training is a personal training session in which each member receives specialized instruction in a group setting. As the trainer I would group you with five other clients who have similar goals and abilities. I believe this is the best option because you get the benefit of having a support team and you get to split the cost of training with the team. If a trainer typically charges $35 per session of personal training, this same trainer can charge each member of a group of six $5 per session of group training.
There you have it a breakdown of the ways in which you can work with a personal trainer and the relative cost of each option. For anyone living in the Tallahassee, Fl area, I will be offering group training beginning next month. In addition to personal training I also offer Personal Shopping Assistance for those of you who want to eat right but don’t want to spend hours in the grocery store reading boxes. Coming soon Skype Training for all of my out-of-town friends who would like to train with me.
Until Next Week,
Nicole D.P. McLaughlin, PT
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