Hi guys,  Kris from Custom Fitness here, your personal trainer in Amarillo.  When I said personal trainer, did you scoff at the idea?  Do you think personal trainers are only for the elite?  Have I got some news for you.  If this article makes you rethink about hiring a trainer, give us a call; we’d love to set up a consultation for you: 806-322-3188.

Pricing and the total cost to hire a personal trainer varies across the U.S. due to economic factors, such as cost of living and market saturation. For the purposes of this blog, we’ll be discussing rates for personal trainers in Amarillo, TX near our local studio.

When hiring a personal trainer, there are a few qualities you should be looking for. Obviously, if you hire a less experienced or non- licensed certified trainer, you could pay much less than you would for working out with an experienced professional. But as the saying goes, “you get what you pay for.” Working out with an experienced professional will add more value to your program. A personal trainer’s age is not necessarily an indication of value. There are some creative, young minds out there who know their stuff. That’s why you should definitely go through an in-depth consultation with any personal trainer that you are planning on hiring. At the consultation, ask questions about their personal experience, business philosophies,  credentials, and references.

When comparing pricing between different professionals, focus on four main areas:

Personal Training Fees

Here in Amarillo, to hire a personal trainer, it is going to cost anywhere from $20-$85 per session. Keep in mind that the range is due to what type of training they are offering you. For the $20-$35 range, you are generally receiving a workout in a group environment (usually one where everyone does the same exercises; unless you are at Custom Fitness). For the $40-$85 range, you are generally receiving a 1 on 1 personal training session that, in my opinion, should be customized to your specific needs, but not everyone agrees with that philosophy. In other words, know what you are going to get BEFORE you start the program.

Frequency of  Training Fee Payments

Most fitness business owners have figured out that in order to make sure they hold people to the highest level of accountability (ie. actually help them get results) and make sure they have enough set aside each month to pay their rent, they need to charge by the month. However, at most of the “big box” gyms, you can still find trainers that charge by the session (ie. buy a pack of 10 sessions for $XXX).

Most people seem to think they would rather pay by the session, but sometimes that doesn’t always work out well on their end either. Often when that comes into play not only is the trainer not as focused on helping you achieve your goals (since those 10 sessions can be used anytime during a six-month period or longer),  they also may tend to leave out the many little “extras” that come in with a monthly payment. For example, at Custom Fitness, the “little extras” are things like complimentary nutrition counseling, complimentary success sessions to check progress, complimentary seminars and grocery store tours, just to name a few.

Extra Fees

When you sign up for training at most gyms, you will not only have a personal training fee but also will have a membership fee. Need childcare or a locker? That’s usually extra as well. What about a game plan to successfully achieve your goals and overcome personal disappointments? It is important to add up these fees when considering a personal trainer because in order to use their services, this is usually a part of the package. Sometimes, when you are lucky, you can find a place that advertises NO ADDITIONAL FEES but that seems to be quite rare these days.

Extra Required Fees

So you sit down with a personal trainer and have a nice talk during your consult, you’ve gotten the info you were seeking and are ready to sign up – then, they throw in one last thing… “in order to be super successful here at XYZ gym, you really need to consider our supplement program.” Ouch! What that should indicate to you, is that they probably don’t know as much about nutrition as you’d like them to. Also, be aware that they are probably making some sort of commission off those products. Third, be aware that there’s possibly going to be some sort of monthly fee (on auto draft with auto ship) that you are now adding into your “training fee.”

Before you run out and hire the first personal trainer you come across, know the facts behind specific services. Do the math to determine an overall total price over time. Get all of the information you need to make an educated decision.

If you’re more comfortable in the “big box” gym arena, that’s wonderful. There are some good options there. But if you’re looking for a whole different experience, there are private gyms and studios that don’t always charge additional or extra fees. Also know that not every program requires supplement or additional plans.

If you find a really great gym that just wants to help you reach your goals in the most natural, holistic and comprehensive way possible, well, JUMP ON IT! It will save you a bundle in the long run and you have a much higher chance of not only being able to reach your goals, but also maintaining them.

Custom Fitness does not rely on these penny pinching tactics.  We like to be upfront with our cost for our all inclusive trainings.  Our studio boasts a group fitness room, a personal training room, and even a playroom for your kids to enjoy while you keep a close eye on them via closed circuit camera system.  Ready to get started?  Do you have any questions about our personal training, nutrition counseling, or group classes and programs? please contact us at: info@customfitness.biz or 806-322-3188. At Custom Fitness we are YOUR personal trainers in Amarillo, Texas. Have a great day everybody.