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How Much Does a Personal Trainer Cost?

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Personal trainers can provide one-on-one expert advice on how to get fit. Many large-chain fitness clubs and smaller gyms employ trainers, but private trainers are also available to visit your home or office.

Personal trainers should be certified by a fitness school or physical training association. The National Board of Fitness Educators (NFBE) maintains a list of reputable certification programs[1] .

Typical costs:

  • According to Dr. Sal Arria, president of NBFE, the average hourly rate for a trainer is $60-$70 per session. However, trainers can charge as low as $25 per hour, while some high-powered trainers earn as much as $15,000 for a six-week session, depending on geographical location and their experience.
  • Where you live greatly affects what trainers charge. Rates are lower in small towns and higher in urban areas, according to A Healthy Me!, a lifestyle guide from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.
  • There typically is little cost difference between using a trainer at a gym and paying a private trainer to come to you, according to Dr. Arria. Plus, private trainers often bring their own equipment or show you how to maximize yours.
Related articles: Fitness Club, Diet Programs, Nutritionist, Physical Therapy, Elliptical Machine, Yoga Classes

What should be included:
  • Trainers should begin the first session by asking what you hope to accomplish. They should inquire about your overall health, including specific problems - such as cardiovascular conditions, mobility limitations or past injuries - that might prevent you from performing certain exercises.
  • Muscle building and toning sessions usually will include working with free weights, weight machines or weighted balls to gradually increase the body's core strength, as well as the strength of specific muscle groups, such as the arms, legs and back.
  • Weight loss training is likely to focus on cardiovascular exercise offered by treadmills, low-impact elliptical machines or stationary bicycles, with an additional emphasis on diet. Some trainers also encourage clients to keep a fitness journal.
  • Online Personal Training Services cost a fraction of what in-person trainers cost. Gym America offers interactive workout and diet regimens[2] for $7 per month or $50 for six months.
  • Fitness centers typically offer discounts if clients buy multiple training sessions or sign up for a new membership.
  • Because some people have greater success exercising together, trainers sometimes offer discounts to two or more clients for circuit training, a combination of cardiovascular and endurance building, according to Dr. Arria.
Shopping for a personal trainer:
  • Health Club offers information on nearly 8,000 gyms and fitness centers[3] . Personal Trainer Direct[4] and The Fitness Almanac[5] provide directories of private trainers nationwide.
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Master Trainer in NJ
Amount: $50.00 per session
Posted by: Lisa Torres in Sicklerville, NJ.Posted: October 12th, 2016 06:10PM
Type of Session: Session based
My Trainer, Anthony Darrison has a Degree with emphasis in personal training and has been in the sport of BB for the last 5 years. He brings all components of expertise to ensure clients are totally satisfied. From circuit training to 1 on 1... You painfully enjoy your results.
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Credentials Matter
Amount: $0.00 per session
Posted by: ST. Fitness Systems in Port Orange, FL.Posted: October 1st, 2015 10:10AM
Gym: BodylogixTrainer: K.M.
Type of Session: Functional Training
Cost varies not just because of location, but because of credentials. There are far too many meatheads in the industry with a weekend cert. ,posing as experts (a great body does not, make/equal a good trainer).
Look for a trainer with real education in the field (B.S./M.S. etc.) and an NCCA cert. If you're looking for real results, knowledge plus experience, it will cost more. I offer multiple rates/plans for clients, I also offer multiple services (Personal Training, Massage Therapy, Post Rehab, Corrective Exercise, Martial Arts, etc.). I have 25+yrs. in the industry (B.S. Spots Med., L.M.T., C.P.T.,...etc.....Currently pursing a Doc. Degree). My rates may be higher, but my education also leads my clients to expect more from me.....and they should.
If you're looking for something for nothing, that's exactly what you can expect to get. Look for and check CREDENTIALS! Anyone can get short term results, but a professional trainer will prepare/educate for long term success!
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So energetic and motivating
Amount: $40.00 per session
Posted by: Jessica w in Raleigh- Durham, NC.Posted: August 17th, 2015 09:08PM
Type of Session: Full body, body weight, boxing
Best trainer in the area, thoughtful, attentive and knowledgable and great at breaking down information, educating yet intense and motivating! Celeste is the perfect balance I wanted in a trainer plus she mixes things up and is fun a creative in her training. Plus she look like she just walked out of ebony magazine or sports illustrated but is so encouraging and supportive she makes you really believe in your fitness journey!
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Master trainer in NYC
Amount: $140.00 per session
Posted by: Rick A. in New York, NY.Posted: July 11th, 2015 10:07AM
Gym: CrunchTrainer: Robert
Type of Session: Functional core
After struggling with back muscle issues, trigger point injections, and 2 herniated discs, I was desperate to get my life back. My trainer is also a Physical Therapist, and knows exactly what to do. This is NY City and everything is expensive, but this training is worth every penny. It's given me my life back.
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Best Trainer in Georgia!
Amount: $45.00 per session
Posted by: Donna Miller in Brunswick, GA.Posted: June 24th, 2015 06:06PM
Gym: 1 Trainer 4 Life FitnessTrainer: Jack Jax
Type of Session: weight loss
I lost 100 lbs with 1 trainer 4 life fitness. This is one of the most unique fitness business in Georgia, they started in Atlanta in 1968 with Georgia Sosa, but Jack Jax changed the name of his grandfather company in 2003 after he took over the business. I am 5'3 and now weigh 103 lbs, I was 203 pounds when I first start 6 months ago. Jack is amazing and love what he does, he has been doing fitness for 25 years. If you are in the Brunswick and St. Simons Island area, try this guy out. I love his Swamp X and Beach Blast fitness classes. It's so amazing and he helps you meet your goals. I still train wih him.
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Amount: $65.00 per session
Posted by: erica1212 in Torrance, CA.Posted: January 26th, 2015 01:01AM
Gym: outdoorsTrainer: Freddy
Type of Session: full body/weight loss
I got to say that my trainer is awesome. i was looking to loss weight for a wedding and needed someone who could help me because I'm just not the type of person that has self motivation so i asked around and a friend told me about Freddy. this guy is awesome i told him what my goals were ( 25 in 4 weeks) and he helped me pull it off. he motivates you and truly cares and not only coaches you with the nutrition teaches you about it so that you can keep the weight off once you have reached your goal.I reached mine but continued with freddy and now im down 37 pounds and looking better than ever. give him a try you won't be disappointed
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Awesome Coach
Amount: $75.00 per session
Posted by: Angie Rivera in Orlando, FL.Posted: November 29th, 2014 05:11PM
Gym: Your HomeTrainer: Dwayne Caines
Type of Session: Total Body
I needed a little guidance on my fitness goals and I got more than just a little guidance. He was so professional!!! He asked lots of questions!!! My results showed within 3 weeks and I was so satisfied. The follow up was awesome as well!!! He texted, call and emailed me everyday!!! Highly recommend him in the orlando area!
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Starr Fitness Training Is Way Exciting!
Amount: $35.00 per session
Posted by: Kevin B. in Los Angeles, CA.Posted: September 12th, 2014 05:09PM
Gym: Local ParkTrainer: STARR
Type of Session: Cardio Boxing
Starr is an awesome trainer! First off, I want to say that I was skeptical even considering a female boxing trainer to begin with but quickly found out she knew her stuff and I got a kick but drenching sweat work out every time. I went into training with a goal to lose 20lbs and have since lost 16lbs in just three weeks... I'm going to dedicated myself to her training to maintain even when I reach my goals, she is fun, energetic and an excellent coach. Give her a shot, no one can ever regret her super energy.
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Amount: $50.00 per session
Posted by: Mills Tami in Matthews, NC.Posted: August 4th, 2014 02:08PM
Type of Session: Full Body
I have had plenty of trainers but none of them even compare to this guy. Motivated, inspirational, young, talented, professional, educated and experienced! He has his own success story that is amazing! I recommend this place to anyone. Awesome personal facility with studios for fitness classes and dance classes too! Lots of options, awesome staff!!!!!
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Personal Training
Amount: $65.00 per session
Posted by: wolfman in miami, FL.Posted: April 16th, 2014 01:04PM
Gym: bodiesbybonnieTrainer: Bonnie
I had a wonderful training experience with Bonnie in her private studio. Very knowledgeable. Consistant in helping me reach my goal. I trained for 8 weeks and was never more happy with my results
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Boot Camp trainer
Amount: $155.00 per session
Posted by: Lucy Allen in Fairfax, VA.Posted: February 9th, 2014 08:02AM
Gym: Geo Mason/Good Shep churchTrainer: Edye Lewis
Type of Session: Total Body
I have been working with Edye for 2 1/2 years now. She trains group women boot camp classes year around at GMU & Good Shepherd Church in Fairfax. Edye's classes are fun and she promotes camaderie among the clients, but don't let her niceness fool you, she motivates, challenge and keeps me accountable. Her manta is on form, classes are small and she is very personable. she is cutting edge, teaching flexibility thru line dancing and core/arms with hula hoops! She even had a bookclub meeting for us to all read "younger next year". She keeps it fresh and even though I work hard, I look forward to the workout! The group training makes it cheap! I have become more fit and energetic and healthy! If you live in the area, give her a call! She is awesome!
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James Cooper Great Trainer
Amount: $45.00 per session
Posted by: B.A.M. in Azle, TX.Posted: January 25th, 2014 07:01AM
Type of Session: 1 hour
I've worked with James for 10 months and have lost 55lbs of fat and I have gained muscle, energy, accountability, and self respect.
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Starr Fitness Training
Amount: $35.00 per session
Posted by: From a long Term Client in Burbank/LA Areas, CA.Posted: July 11th, 2013 04:07AM
Gym: Your home or residential gym or parks,Trainer: Marisol "Starr" Garner
Type of Session: Weight loss, Strength, Cardio/Core and C
Starr, fitness trainer is so awesome! She is always high energy and a great motivator every time. She works hard to make sure you achieve your goals and get results. She trains you hard and keeps you disciplined. I feel stronger and leaner and have lost 25lbs in the first 5 weeks with her boot camp and one on one cardio-boxing. I have alternated with my sessions going from training in a gym to the outdoor runs/boot camp and her cardio boxing classes which she also does one on one sessions. Give her a go, she truly is a "STARR" fitness trainer and the very best!
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Legend Fitness
Amount: $30.00 per session
Posted by: Mike Williams in Dallas, TX.Posted: June 27th, 2013 08:06AM
Gym: Dallas RecreationTrainer: Alex Williams
Type of Session: Strength and Conditioning
Great Trainer! He will work his hardest to make sure you achieving your goals and seeing results. He was very concern on what i was trying to get accomplish. He had me doing a lot of challenging workouts that made me feel the burn. His email is [email protected]. He also give great discounts.
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Wight loss
Amount: $35.00 per session
Posted by: Medo in San diego, CA.Posted: March 27th, 2013 11:03PM
Type of Session: Wight loss
I want it every day from monday to thursday
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Awesome Trainer
Amount: $65.00 per session
Posted by: a user in Miami, FL.Posted: March 18th, 2013 01:03PM
Gym: In HomeTrainer: Nelson - Hip 2B Fit
Type of Session: Strength / Weight Loss
I was reluctant of joining a gym, but having trainer come to my house was a great experience. Nelson trained me hard and kept me going even when I wanted to quit. I feel stronger and leaner and have lost weight - what a find. Nelson can be reached at (786) 417-7772 or [email protected]
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Great Personal Trainer
Amount: $75.00 per session
Posted by: JoAnna S. in Orlando, FL.Posted: February 3rd, 2013 04:02PM
Gym: HomeTrainer: Johnnie Daniels
Type of Session: Core and Cardio
Johnnie is a great trainer. He is very focused and listens to me. He has been helping me in my weight loss journey and I have lost a total of 27 pounds in 8 weeks. He gave me a life fitness plan which includes eating right as well as working out. He made sure that I was able to follow the plan. If I had any issues he worked with me and adjusted the plan. He is an awesome personal trainer who listens to his clients. His workouts are really tough but well worth it. I would recommend him to any woman in the Orlando/Lake Mary who is looking to get fit and improve her health.
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Oh MY Trainer!
Amount: $100.00 per session
Posted by: Kim64 in Hoboken, NJ.Posted: January 28th, 2013 03:01PM
Gym: My Complex BuildingTrainer: Leyla
Type of Session: Weight/Cardio/Nutritional
Leyla has taught me everything I need to know about how to maintain my diet, what body parts to work out when, and even what supplements to take in order to stop the soreness! I loved every moment of working out with her! She also has an online virtual training program which is what I started with. She gave me a 30 day plan on what to eat, what to take, and what workouts to do. She also spoke with me every week to check up on how i'm doing! Then she mentioned that since I live within her radius, she would offer one free session of personal one-on-one training in my complex and see if I liked it. Did I like it? I LOVED IT! I was comfortable with Leyla right away and she really knew how to make me enjoy the exercises. We didn't do those typical trainer exercises that gym trainers usually make us do. No, she made me get on the machines. I felt my legs and butt BURN when I was doing the exercises. I recommend her to any woman in the Metropolitan area! She's young, fit, healthy, and great!
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Amazing personal trainer
Amount: $45.00 per session
Posted by: J Natalie in Miami, FL.Posted: January 8th, 2013 09:01PM
Type of Session: Moderate to intense
Amazing trainer Darling trained me as an MMA fitness model to bs a ring girl in 3 months, the fat shed off my body like butter! She can be reached at [email protected]
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mike pernice
Amount: $175.00 per session
Posted by: brian brosard in greenwich, CT.Posted: December 28th, 2012 07:12PM
Gym: homeTrainer: mike pernice
Type of Session: weight loss
ive been working with mike for years, only trainer that has kept me interested and disciplined. great results, and truly passionate about his work.
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General fitness and boxing
Amount: $23.00 per session
Posted by: Nathan Lee in Costa Mesa, CA.Posted: December 20th, 2012 04:12AM
Type of Session: 1 hour
10 minutes of core and stretch prep work, and the rest is heavy circuit training. Original agreed upon price was $35 per hour session, but then my trainer tossed in a 3rd day of boxing technique and training for free, which effectively brought my real prices down to $23 per hour. EXCELLENT trainer and I'm seeing a lot of results.
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Detailed strength coach
Amount: $60.00 per session
Posted by: ciasse barnes in phila, PA.Posted: October 22nd, 2012 06:10PM
Gym: East Falls Fitness CenterTrainer: Tank Tucker
Type of Session: strength /condition
Amazingly detailed about how the body works, and how the muscles move when contracted or expanded.
Teaches a lesson throughout every workout. Professional and great looking! Very motivating also!
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best trainer in nj
Amount: $45.00 per session
Posted by: dayna manly in warren, NJ.Posted: October 5th, 2012 09:10AM
Gym: homeTrainer: john campbell
Type of Session: circuit. super slow. core.
this trainer is a former pro athlete who specializes in all round fitness. each session was quick, fun and challenging. i found myself motivated and the time just flew by. highly, highly recommend.i am enjoying buying my new clothes!
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Best trainer in Virginia!!
Amount: $45.00 per session
Posted by: a user in Colonial Heights, VA.Posted: September 18th, 2012 12:09PM
Gym: DefyGENETICS Fitness FacilityTrainer: Roger A. Riggle
Type of Session: Sports Performance
He has a very unorthodox style of training & I love it! He's very intense and motivated! I'm in the best shape of my life as a result of his training!! I'm more explosive and overall my athletic performance has improved immensely!!
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Personal Training
Amount: $75.00 per session
Posted by: Chris FT in Santa Monica, CA.Posted: May 29th, 2012 12:05PM
Gym: Fitness TogetherTrainer: Kelly
Type of Session: Group Personal Training
Since joining The Fitness Together in November, I have been very diligent with my nutrition, cardio and weight training.I work out with a trainer at Fitness Together 2x's per week and does cardio 5-6x's per week for 30-45 minutes. I have lost over 25lbs. since November and my bodyfat is down 23% from January!
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Amount: $40.00 per session
Posted by: Debbie L in Rockwall, TX.Posted: February 29th, 2012 09:02AM
Gym: at homeTrainer: Lacy Frasier
Type of Session: full body train
Lacy worked with me on getting my body in best shape ever! She was so knowledgeable and motivating!!
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Personal Training
Amount: $60.00 per session
Posted by: Claudio in Miami, FL.Posted: November 4th, 2011 01:11PM
Gym: Miami Strength and FitnessTrainer: Casandra Madero
Type of Session: Hour long
Iv had 4 trainers and Casandra by far was the most focused and dedicated.
She helped me achieve goals and even exceed them.
Give her a shot!
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Next Level
Amount: $30.00 per session
Posted by: Amber B. in Coral Springs, FL.Posted: August 26th, 2011 08:08AM
Gym: wherever you want to trainTrainer: Craig Lawson
Type of Session: Bootcamp (kinda cross fit)
Craig has taken me to the next level. I didnt even know I had a level. 6 weeks, twice a week, my bodyfat is down 8%, I went from 155 stay at home mom, to a 122 lbs, 6 pack having cross fit junkie. I couldnt run any longer than 1 mile at the beginning, but am now up to 6 mile runs with 10 sets of 50 yard sprint at the end. amazing motivator, and caring. I am now getting ready for the crossfit games, and my husband has joined in. thank you.
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Amount: $75.00 per session
Posted by: KIMBERLEY DANIELS in NY, NY.Posted: August 25th, 2011 05:08AM
Type of Session: CARDIO/STRENGTH
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Amount: $0.00 per session
Posted by: Obefrentrem in Hoskins, AL.Posted: June 27th, 2011 02:06PM
Gym: Trainer: Papua New Guinea
Type of Session: Running
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Great Trainer!!
Amount: $20.00 per session
Posted by: Cristal S. in Fairfax, VA.Posted: March 29th, 2011 01:03PM
Gym: Underground AthleteTrainer: Justin Case
Type of Session: Semi-Private
Justin is the most knowledgeable trainer I have ever met. I have been working with him for about three years and his training programs just keep getting better and better. I'm in the best physical shape of life thanks to him. He is continuously on the quest to learn new things so that he can create challenging programs for his clients. He is an inspiration and a motivator to so many people and I've very thankful to have found him!
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Weight Loss, fitness trainer and meditation
Amount: $80.00 per session
Posted by: Fritz K Hentschel in Miami, FL.Posted: February 21st, 2011 03:02PM
Gym: Your HomeTrainer: Beatriz Pirez
Type of Session: Hourly session with electronic followups
Betty is a great personal trainer not only for weight loss but also to learn how to be conscious about what you eat, how you eat and how to combine your food in your meals. She also has helped me greatly with an exercise routine that combines cardio at the gym, bicycling and weights. And if this wasn't enough she has shown me how to meditate. And all of this was done with love and caring as well as with a lot of knowledge that has resulted from her own experience in life. Highly recommended!
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