Working out with a certified personal trainer may seem like a luxury to many. Potential clients need to know that its possible to make personal training affordable. If you have some folks who are on the fence about working with you, send them here to get some relief about the price they will be paying for your services. Getting a personal trainer doesn’t have to break the bank. Knowing where to look and how to ask are key.

Ask about Payment Plans

Most of the trainers out there will let you set up a payment plan instead of paying for everything upfront. Many trainers are flexible in this area. Negotiation is never out of the question. It never hurts to ask for a lower bill for a longer commitment with that trainer.

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Ask the trainer if they’d be willing to train you with another friend or two to lower the price per person. You will still receive a ton more individualized attention than you would attending a group session or boot camp, but with a smaller price tag.

Ask About Programming Options

Some motivated individuals are just fine working out on their own and really just need a program to follow. This will dramatically reduce the cost of personal training or health and fitness coach. A seasoned and competent personal trainer will gladly tailor a program after an initial consultation and create a periodization program for a client to follow on their own. It may involve more oversight for a higher cost, or less! Not all trainers offer this out of the gate, but if they don’t, ask if they would be willing to do this for you.

Utilize Off-Peak Hours

If you have the ability for a flexible schedule you should think about “off-peak” hours. Many gyms offer discounted personal training rates for what they call off-peak hours. Those hours usually fall between 10 AM and 12 PM and then again from 2 PM to 4 PM. Some trainers may be willing to come down a bit on their hourly rate to fill their schedule during what would otherwise be dead time.

There are always ways to make things affordable for yourself. Something we forget in our consumerism culture is that things can be negotiated for. Whether it is a car, furniture, a house, or personal trainer. Things can be negotiated for and prices will drop. If negotiation doesn’t work (or isn’t your style) you may have to make a good old-fashioned budget. These things, although sometimes tedious, can work serious magic! Try some of these tips and you will soon see that if you really want to make a change, personal trainers can be very affordable!

Remote Training

Some trainers offer video training or remote training services at a lower cost than in-person training, even if you are local. It may be viewed as more convenient for fitness professionals who have children at home to train their clients virtually. Ask if you are unsure if this is an option


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Ryan Farrell

Ryan Farrell started working with the National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT) in 2012. As NFPT’s Marketing Coordinator, Ryan is responsible for aiding company reputation by building brand awareness and establishing strong working relationships among NFPT, its affiliates and industry partners.