How to Make Personal Training Affordable
You can work with a personal trainer without breaking the bank.
Personal training will whip you into shapeâ€”if you can afford it. Photo via Shutterstock
Working out with aÂ personal trainer seems like aÂ luxuryÂ reservedÂ for celebrities and pro athletes (or the really rich). But the benefitsÂ of working with a trainer are undeniable, like better form, moreÂ accountability, trying new things, and less time spent working out.Â Fortunately, personal training doesnâ€™t have to be the investment that breaks the bank. There are several affordable options out thereâ€” you just need to know where to look.
Use the Internet
Search a website likeÂ Thumbtack to find someone local. Many of these trainers operate independently and typically donâ€™t have a lot of overhead expenses. This allows them to offer competitive rates. You fill out a short questionnaire, and then the site will request quotes from all the personal trainers in your area that fall within your requirements.
Ask about Payment Plans
AÂ littleÂ known industry secret is that in some cases, you don’t have to foot the bill for 10 or 20 sessions up front. Many trainers are willing to be flexible with payment plans in exchange for a longer commitment. Youâ€™ll find this more often with independent trainers and small studios rather than trainers at the larger gyms. But keep in mind that the more flexibility you require the more of a commitment youâ€™ll have to make. Try negotiating a three to six month contract and offer to have monthly payments automatically debited from your credit card. If you take this approach, you will most likely get a good deal. No trainer is going to walk away from a guaranteed paycheck as long the deal is mutually beneficial. So never be afraid to ask, regardless of what their rate card says.
Semi-Private Training Sessions
If monthly payments still make the cost of a one-on-one session impossible then consider sharing your time with one to two other people. Unlike a group class, semi-private training still guarantees that youâ€™ll get individualized attention. Trying semi-private training is more affordable and can be motivatingÂ sinceÂ you will be in a small group. It fosters camaraderie and promotes healthy competition. In a group of two, you could get training at half the cost of a one-on-one session. Bump that up to three people and you can cut the costs even further. Try the payment plan tactic above for even more flexibility.
Many gyms offer discounted personal training rates for what they call their â€śoff peakâ€ť hours. The exact hours may vary from one gym to another (depending on location and demographics), but the hours usually fall between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. and then again from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. This works well for people who have a flexible schedule. The discounts may not be deep, but 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.
Technology like Skype has made location and price less of a factor when it comes to hiring a personal trainer. Virtual training allows you to connect to your trainer from anywhere. With one click of the mouse you have someone there offering you their expertise, and holding you accountable to your goals. Unlike an exercise DVD, your trainer will be on the other end interacting with you, providing constant feedback and motivation. But virtual training isnâ€™t quite the same as in-person training and may not be the solution for everyone. It works well for individuals who are disciplined enough to work out on their own but could use some new ideas and an extra push. With most virtual programs you will have weekly check-ins and receive a new workout every four to six weeks at a lower cost than in-person training.
Do you work with aÂ personalÂ trainer? How do you keep it affordable?
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