Why Personal Training is expensive... (and why it is worth it!)
One of the most common things I hear when I tell people my profession is that they would not hire a personal trainer because it is too expensive. At 40$ an hour, I charge in the low-to-middle range per hour as far as trainers go, and I find it to be quite a fair rate.
I am speaking for myself here, but any other good personal trainer in the industry most likely also uses these principles when approaching the aspect of training a client. When I meet with a client for a free consultation to learn what they are looking for and presenting what I have to offer, I write down everything. I pay attention to what they say, what they like, what they dislike and I get an idea of their attitude towards themselves as well as their attitude towards health and fitness in general. If, at the end of the consultation, we decide to go forward with training, my work truly starts then.
I start all of my individual clients with a form of Movement Screen to ensure that we address any movement deficiencies and possible future injuries. From there, I am looking at specific things that could benefit this particular client. Behind each hour together training, there is a minimum of an hour studying, programming, and learning that I do to ensure that my client receives the best session possible.
However, when someone asks me why I charge so much, instead of explaining all of that to someone, I simply answer that they are paying for me to supervise their health and fitness and that I supervise with very high standards. For me, if that person does not feel that their health is 40$ and hour, I have to question what value they would put on their health!
At the end of the day, personal training is an investment- a health investment in yourself!