Many clients may think that a personal training session is expensive. But very few clients will realise the costs and expenses associated with being a personal trainer. The biggest cost is of course the initial qualification that ranges from around £2,500 up to around £5,000 depending upon which course and which provider you choose.
Then if you intend to work for yourself in your local area you will need transport and fitness equipment. Even a small run-around will likely cost you £4,000 plus perhaps £500 for equipment. And all this before you have even earned your first client!
But of course the costs don’t simply stop there. There are ongoing expenses such as fuel that is required to travel and then investment in your ongoing education, professional insurance, accountancy and fitness training equipment. Expect to spend out about £2000 a year in fuel and then about £2000 in courses, training and equipment costs.
Bearing in mind that the average hourly rate for a personal trainer in the UK is around £30 then all these little extras really do add up. The answer for most trainers is simply to increase their prices and pass this on to the client. Other personal trainers are looking to take on part time jobs that they can run alongside their personal training job.
For many the answer may be to cut corners and use second hand equipment, not take up additional training courses each year or worst still maybe not renew their insurance. We have to understand that personal trainers need to make a living and perhaps we should be looking for training courses that are provided by government funded education providers that offer more affordable or subsidised training. Currently the training providers in the UK and private companies who can charge whatever they wish. The cost of such courses will no doubt be one of the biggest ongoing expenses for personal trainers.