Monday, November 13, 2006


I hope I didn't sound like I was mad at my gym or anything in my last post. They handled this with a great deal of grace and were very kind about the situation.

Girlfriend Jen asked why I don't just train for my gym. Excellent question. Problem with training there is twofold:

1) They charge something like $75 per hour for personal training, and
2) The trainers only get like $15 per hour.

So it's like everyone loses -- the client AND the trainer. Well, the gym wins in this case. But it's their choice as to how they're going to set up personal training. If it were up to me, I think I'd charge maybe $40 per hour, give the trainer $35, and call it good. I mean, you're already making money on membership fees, so why not encourage loyalty and great results??? But it ain't up to me...


Brit-Man said...

Yeah, but for a lot of places, it's all about the money.

Customer satisfaction is important, but if the money aspect doesn't impinge too much on that, then a lot of places will push it as far as they can, I'll bet.


Anonymous said...

Wow, didn't know that about trainers fees. That blows. I had started going to school to become a PT and wanted to work in a gym.

Sorry that you have to stop training at your gym, but how cool that people are noticing.

Jen said...

I'm with you, Leslie. I would think the gym would want to do anything and everything to encourage new members and if that means lower personal training rates - that sounds like a win-win to me.

I mean - if they standardized it and said: $50/hr - we split 50/50.

And your client can train here for six months after which time they need to join.

That seems fair to me. But what do I know?