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Starting Your Own Business As a Personal Trainer

Beginning your own personal training business could be a very exciting prospect. As a private personal trainer, you set your personal hours and rates, which delivers you a lot more selection and flexibility in deciding on the clients you want to work with. Working as your own boss also has the benefit of allowing you […]

Beginning your own personal training business could be a very exciting prospect. As a private personal trainer, you set your personal hours and rates, which delivers you a lot more selection and flexibility in deciding on the clients you want to work with. Working as your own boss also has the benefit of allowing you to keep your entire hourly rate without having to split it like trainers in a large health club. This can give you a great sense of freedom and control. You get to pick your clients and decide what aspect of the fitness industry you would like to concentrate on. If you are a personal trainer who has already worked at a large health club you most likely have a core client list. Moving on to work for yourself could prove to be more profitable and rewarding as well as more affordable for your clients.

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On the other hand, should you just be starting out as a personal trainer starting your own business could be a challenging process. As a new trainer you will need to construct a sufficient client list to sustain both yourself and your business expenditures. This is usually why the large health clubs take such a large share of your hourly rate. Somebody has to pay for the lights, heat, rent, weights, and treadmills. And should you run your personal enterprise, this person is you!


Developing a successful personal training business could be a long and slow process if you are new to the industry. Word of mouth is commonly your best kind of advertising but, when you have just started a small business and do not have any clients, there aren’t too many mouths ready to spread the word.


You might need to invest a substantial sum of money up front if you want to rent a space and transform it into a proper gym. Even if you decide to train clients inside your own home, you will still want to supply adequate equipment and amenities. There is also the cost of purchasing liability insurance to cover you and your personal property in the event of a client accident or injury.


Some personal trainers decide to go mobile and train clients in their own homes. If this is how you intend to run your business then you may need to think about transporting fitness equipment to and from their home or office so you are not limited by whatever gym equipment your clients already have. A great solution to maximize mobile training is to purchase a quality set of adjustable dumbbells. They can fit inside the trunk of your car or truck and offer an almost unlimited array of exercise choices.


Going mobile also creates the challenge of lost time, or time spent travelling in between appointments. In the event you travel from house to house, you will need to give yourself adequate time so that you’ll be not late. It is possible to be setting your self up for embarrassment by not taking factors like traffic and weather into consideration. Booking appointments too closely together can also leave you scrambling to make it to the next one on time. It’s important to make each client feel like their time is valuable and that they are a priority for you. Personal trainers who cannot be relied upon to hold an appointment risk the possibility of losing clients.
As you can see, operating for yourself as a personal trainer has both positive and negative elements. It’s not for everyone so take time to decide if it is right for you. Weighing the pros and cons before you begin could really save you a lot of time and energy in the long run. That’s time that could be better spent training clients and raising your personal trainer salary. Read more at the study NASM core training concepts website.

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