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How to Make $1000 Per Month as a Personal Trainer

The following post is by JT of Cash Flow Mantra.

The whole purpose of this blog is to help you come up with ideas to make money on a part-time basis meaning about 2-3 hours per day or 15-20 hours per week.  This can be done on the weekdays after regular employment, on the weekends, or even in some spare time when staying at home raising children.  In order to make $1000 each month with that type of schedule, then we should target hourly revenue of $15.  If that hourly income is possible, then it is a valid idea worth pursuing.  Otherwise, you might as well get a second job.

Making Money as a Personal Trainer

As I am writing this, I am still somewhat tired from working out with my personal trainer which got me to thinking about how it might be possible to make some extra money each month encouraging others to work out.  The place I exercise has a somewhat unique set-up as far as gyms go.  It is actually a private, appointment only facility which requires you to work out one-on-one with a trainer.  The appointments are usually scheduled such that you are the only one in the gym at the time which is a room about 12 feet by 30 with about 6 or 7 machines on a side.

The program is a high intensity workout with 5 or 6 exercises each session and a set consisting of 10 second positive and 10 second negative repetitions.  The total time for the session is 20 minutes once per week.  For this time, I pay $36 per session.  It seems like this is a comparable rate to what Crystal’s husband is paying, so let’s assume this type of revenue is fairly standard.

Doing the math:  $36 x 3 sessions in an hour = $108 per hour!

But We Need to Consider Costs

I spoke to my trainer about this and learned that there is a personal training certificate.  He studied for an exam and became certified as a personal trainer.  At this point, he went to work for the facility and is able to earn an hourly wage.  By going through additional classes on high intensity training, he was able to move into a tiered earning system and work on a commission.  He wouldn’t share what percentage cut he gets, but even if it is just 30%, that is still $32 per hour which more than qualifies for our Grand Per Month criteria.

As far as the certificate goes, the National Council on Strength and Fitness administers the test for $199.  Various study aids including books, flash cards and practice tests are available priced at $29 up to $110.  There are also home study courses and workshops available for a few hundred dollars.  All-in-all, you could expect to spend on average about $500 to get certified, which really isn’t that bad considering the costs of higher education these days.

Bringing Value to the Equation

How might you be able to convince a gym owner to hire you or even pay for your certification?  Introduce a situation where you can create added value for the gym owner, a win-win proposition.  If I were wanting to become a personal trainer at the gym where I exercise, I would approach the owner with the following offer:

Allow me to use the facility at a time that no one else typically uses it.  The latest workouts usually occur around 6 or 6:30.  There are many times that I have to reschedule since I am unable to get out of work on time.  On Saturdays, the place is usually closed by noon.

If I were wanting to make some extra part-time money, I would offer to train others with busy schedules later in the evenings from 7 to 9 or on Saturday or Sunday afternoons.  This is time when the gym is not ordinarily making any money.  The fixed costs of renting the space and the exercise equipment are already spent.  Any extra money for the gym owner goes straight to the bottom line.  I can schedule around my full-time employment as can others who want to exercise but work during the week.

Now you have created a positive scenario for the gym owner, yourself, and potential customers.  You have added value and increased revenue.

This is the type of creativity that we are trying to encourage with this site.  So if strength, health, and fitness are important to you, consider the possibility of being able to make extra monthly income as a personal trainer!Enhanced by Zemanta

In the next post Derek discusses how $1000 per month could change your life!

4 comments to How to Make $1000 Per Month as a Personal Trainer

  • I am a personal trainer…

    If your only experience is “I have a certificate,” you are not likely to get hired at a gym that pays you $32/hour. Most of the gyms around here pay between $7 and $16 *per client* — wage based on how much you work, not how long you’re there — but you have set hours.

    You also are not likely to walk into a client base — while I don’t work at your typical gym, I’ve been told it takes three to six months to build a client base. (I’m not sure how a facility like the one you highlighted would work.)

    Many gyms won’t hire part-time trainers, nor will they let you choose your hours. The gym I go to only has certain hours that trainers can train.

    Any certificate worth having requires re-certification hours, though if you’re only going to pursue this venture for a year or two, that wouldn’t be an expense.

    Depending on where you’re working, you might need to carry liability insurance.

    I wouldn’t recommend this route if you’re looking to make an extra $1K/month…
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      Heather,
      Your experience is definitely appreciated since I only know my personal trainer and the facility at which I exercise. At the $7 to $16 per client you are suggesting, that would mean an hourly income of $21 to $48 since my facility schedules 3 clients per hour. Even if you only took two clients per hour, it would be enough to make roughly an extra $1000 per month for part-time work.

      Now, the facility at which I exercise is one-on-one and the trainers do have quite a bit of flexibility in their hours. Some of them are even part-time. It is almost a salon type model where the trainer runs the fee through the gym and then get his/her cut. Work more and make more. It is possible to pull down six figures in this type of business model. This may very well be a fairly unique business arrangement, but I do know of some other gyms that follow a similar method of training.

      Admittedly, you won’t walk into a client base. It will take time to build as does any business (even blogging). But providing added value to individuals who work during the day by taking clients in the evening sounds like a win-win to me. It may not work for everyone, but if I can help one person think outside the box, then it was all worth it.

      If nothing else, then think about what the owner of the exercise facility is doing. He is putting up the capital, renting space in a strip mall, and putting in machines. Then he is allowing trainers to work for him, teaching them how to work with the clients and duplicating a method so that his system is reaching many more people than he could by himself. Plus he is getting a cut of all the action. He has 3 facilities around the city! I have sent 5 clients his way as well.

      Thank you so much for your input and experience. It is greatly appreciated for providing a more complete view of other situations in the personal training profession.

      Now I am going to go check out your blog.

  • Heather

    One clarification: most facilities offer only 1-hour sessions, so most trainers round here are making $7-$15 per hour, only for the hours that they see clients. Not a good deal at all, which is why I work for myself!

    Agreed that whoever bought and is running that place is doing well!

    I hope you found something you liked on the blog. My posting has become irregular — I haven’t come even close to mastering life-newborn baby balance — but it’ll pick up and even out again.
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    • admin

      Your clarification makes more sense. You are wise to work for yourself. Congrats on the new baby. I can imagine how it gets in the way of writing.