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    Can you make money as a personal trainer?

    Is it true that Personal trainers don't make enough without a side gig??

    If so what is the plan?

    I feel like everyone starts because they love it but then there has to be a side hustle to pay the bills. Is that what most of you have found?
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    Most don't.
    Like any business you have to put in the time and build clients.
    Usually they aren't handed to you if your on your own.
    If you work for a gym that supplies clients you get paid a modest fee and they get a amount of it.
    Hands on experience,schooling/certifications,willing to working long or interval type hours if you want to make money to live on.
    If you just want some extra income(a side gig) then training a few clients a day might be something to do but to build a business you will need to put a lot of work in and prove your worth if you want to make $50 + a session.
    Not many do.
    $20 could be an average session fee that I've seen.
    What qualifications do you have?
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    Originally Posted by teeeeeeeeeeeeee View Post
    Is it true that Personal trainers don't make enough without a side gig??

    If so what is the plan?

    I feel like everyone starts because they love it but then there has to be a side hustle to pay the bills. Is that what most of you have found?
    In the beginning, maybe but not necessarily true. If you’re able to gain and retain clients, you’ll be well off. Find a niche, a training style, and how you’ll deliver your services and you’ll be well off.
    Train with the intent to help people rather than for the money. Be approachable and good af with sales. Look to part.
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    Different gyms have different pay rates. Crunch fitness pays trainers about 50% of the $65 per hours, with some variables.


    I bought a package of 12 sessions. My trainer says she works 30 hours per week and wants to get up to 40. She of couse wants to get there by having me schedule more per week and buying more packages.

    She does improve my form, but she also tries to show 5 different new exercises each session. She says it is to keep my muscles guessing, but I suspect it is so I don't notice a lack of progression on any one lift since we don't do it again. I have to put my foot down to get training on basic movements and stick to them.

    I think it is a bit of a sales gig. Their perfect customer is someone who needs accountability, since that person is long term. People who just need to learn propper form come and go.

    I definitely learned several points of better form, got caught a few times breaking those rules, learned better stretching methods, learned I was not as close to failure on sets as I thought, and learned my exercises were not optimal. I'm on a much better track now.

    But my trainer already said she knows I won't need her later. She seems to be scrambling to sell other exercises, almost putting off basic lifts as bate for later so I'll buy another 12 in order to learn that. Or I could be reading her wrong. She might just be trying to show me more exercises to choose from so I find my favorites.
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    Originally Posted by Darkius View Post
    Different gyms have different pay rates. Crunch fitness pays trainers about 50% of the $65 per hours, with some variables.


    I bought a package of 12 sessions. My trainer says she works 30 hours per week and wants to get up to 40. She of couse wants to get there by having me schedule more per week and buying more packages.

    She does improve my form, but she also tries to show 5 different new exercises each session. She says it is to keep my muscles guessing, but I suspect it is so I don't notice a lack of progression on any one lift since we don't do it again. I have to put my foot down to get training on basic movements and stick to them.

    I think it is a bit of a sales gig. Their perfect customer is someone who needs accountability, since that person is long term. People who just need to learn propper form come and go.

    I definitely learned several points of better form, got caught a few times breaking those rules, learned better stretching methods, learned I was not as close to failure on sets as I thought, and learned my exercises were not optimal. I'm on a much better track now.

    But my trainer already said she knows I won't need her later. She seems to be scrambling to sell other exercises, almost putting off basic lifts as bate for later so I'll buy another 12 in order to learn that. Or I could be reading her wrong. She might just be trying to show me more exercises to choose from so I find my favorites.
    I hate reading stuff like this. "Keeping the muscles guessing" is just retarded, its not a real thing. Progressive overload is the goal, and so I keep my clients on a fixed program so I can track progress. Occasionally I will swap out an exercise but I will usually only do so if its something with an identical movement pattern. For instance, I may swap cable lat pulldowns with the assisted pull up machine, or maybe swap bent over barbell rows with some other type of row. The reason I do this is because I want the movement patterns to basically be the same, but sometimes the equipment we need is in use by another gym member or just to switch things up to keep it a little more interesting but without sabotaging trackable progress.

    If my client is getting really good at their program and not needing as much instruction then I may add extra sets or an exercise to the session, but not at the expense of leaving something else out completely.

    I also tell my clients that my goal is to get them to the point that they don't need a trainer anymore and can continue working out without me. Most of them are well on their way within 3-4 weeks, and for me its like seeing them graduate and take that next step into fitness on their own. Nothing makes me more happy than seeing my former clients in the gym killing it all by themselves.

    To OP's question though, unless you have a huge client base it would be hard to work solely as a personal trainer. I have a regular day job and I only train part time after work because I like it, but there's no way it could support me if it was my only job.
    All it takes is consistency, effort, proper nutrition, good programming, and TIME.
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    Look the part plays a huge role.

    People will pay you to help them look like you.
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    So much of the trainers success depends on how they look. You could be the best, most informed, the most educated trainer in the world and if you carry any body fat or look less than perfect you will lose clients to a person that genetically superior and doesn’t know anything about training and fitness but people just want to look like that person I’ve seen it it’s sucks but it’s just reality And no to answer your question there’s no money in it
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    Luckily I’m employed by a gym but as a Pt so I receive a fixed salary
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    Originally Posted by teeeeeeeeeeeeee View Post
    Is it true that Personal trainers don't make enough without a side gig??

    If so what is the plan?

    I feel like everyone starts because they love it but then there has to be a side hustle to pay the bills. Is that what most of you have found?
    Personally I like to do personal training as my side job/hustle while working another full time job. However, if you want to make personal training a full time job, you have to hustle to get clients and once you get them its pretty easy to keep them if you are a good trainer. Referals are by word of mouth or online advertising. Loads of free info online about training like youtube in general. However, you get what you put in simply put.
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