"Wow! $60 for one session? that's a lot!"
"That's half of what a PT will charge you at [big gym franchise who shall remain anonymous]!" I replied. That's not mentioning that guy in Brisbane who charged $400 per session back in 2013. His policy was to double his rates every year... I shudder to think what he must be charging these days!
When discussing Personal Training with people, the "cost per session" topic always arises. Whether they're talking about my rates, or others rates, people always say how expensive it is to get training. And when you think about the rate for a session in comparison with the time you may actually spend with your trainer, you're probably right. It IS expensive (especially if your trainer costs $400 / session). But there's a lot going on for us PT's that you may not have thought about. So on behalf of every Personal Trainer in the industry, let me share with you where your money goes when you pay us!
(Note: This is not a rant or vent or complaining session about people not paying us. It's something to help you understand why we charge what we do. It's important that we understand each other, right? Understanding makes relationships better :) )
- We have to sort out our own taxes (starting at 28% in Australia) & superannuation,
- Professional insurances (anywhere from $120 - $500 per year),
- Music licensing (approx $375 for a small bootcamp, right up to $3,500 for a facility with 100 members),
- Professional registration (anywhere from $220 - $440 every two years),
- Continuing education courses (often courses with enough credits will cost at least $1,000),
- Purchasing equipment, first aid kits as well as doing first aid courses,
- Vehicle registration and maintenance costs (at least $700 per year for registration alone),
- Programming software, etc.
I'm sure there's things that I've forgotten, but this is a good summary of what we need to pay for and these things are not cheap!
What about those outdoor trainers who run group sessions in parks, or trainers who use community halls? You've still gotta pay! Depending on the council, Trainers need to pay for use of public land. And community halls are cheap, but it's still an expense. And if you work from home, you still need to pay rent at home, or mortgage and rates if you're lucky enough to be a home owner. Often if you run a business from home, your home insurance rates increase too.
There's probably other things that I can write down on this list, but I think that's probably going to be overkill. You get the idea. We're not here to rip you off, or get rich off of you. Our rates are set so we can pay our bills, have a roof over our head, eat, and motivate you to actually set foot in a gym / go to a bootcamp / whatever so you can reach your goals and live your best life possible. It's absolutely up to you how much you pay for a Trainer. You're an adult and you can make up your own mind how much you want to pay. If you don't like a Trainer or how much they charge, try again with someone else. Simple as that! Hopefully you feel informed now, when the topic of cost comes up and you can be confident that you won't get ripped off :)