If you’re an avid fan of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, you’re probably familiar with that one scene. Khloe and Kourtney out on the courtyard of their big mansions, getting their butts kicked by their personal trainer. You know what we’re talking about, right? I’m sure, for us normal citizens of the world, we’ve all been there and thought what would it be like to have a personal trainer. For someone to come and help you work out either in the safety of your own home or at the gym.
Well, lucky for you, you don’t need to be Kardashian-Jenner rich to afford one! So, Yougoz is here to break it down for you: the price range, what you should consider and when to opt for just a normal gym membership.
How much should I pay?
According to womenshealthmag.com, working with a pro trainer will range from about $50 up to $500 per session. It may seem pricy, but from what we know, you really get what you pay for. Keep in mind that these prices will vary, as there’s really no definite pricing for these kinds of things. But it’s safe to say that when getting a personal trainer, you get the best value for your money.
Another thing to take note of is it will all really depend on where you live. Think of hiring a personal trainer as a piece of real estate. When you live in a big city, such as New York maybe, personal trainers are more likely to charge higher ($60 minimum).
How do I pick the right trainer?
One of the things to consider when you’re looking for a trainer is their education, as well as their experience. To quote Women’s Health, “Top-tier trainers might have a certified strength and conditioning specialist certification or a Ph.D. in exercise physiology or kinesiology”. Take time to research your potential teacher’s certification and reviews as well.
Also, if the information is available, check to see what kind of clients they’ve worked with in the past. If let’s say, you’re expecting, then it would be best to hire a trainer that has worked with a lot of pregnant mothers in the past. If not, don’t be afraid to ask them — for their certifications and their past clientele as well, this is the only way you would get to learn about them and see if they’re the right fit for you.
Baltimore-based personal trainer, Erica Suter, C.S.C.S. says, “How accessible will you be throughout the program?” “How will you customize my routine to fit my needs?’” and “How many clients do you have?” “These are important questions to ensure you aren’t just another person with a cookie-cutter program that is blasted out to the masses”.
When do I know that a trainer is good for me?
Firstly, we suggest that you get a trainer if you have a schedule that fluctuates, or if it’s too busy. If the trainer is available to visit you at home and you have the necessary equipment, then you wouldn’t need to waste your time going to the gym.
Furthermore, if you have a special or recurring injury, then it would probably be better for you to have guided training. This is so you don’t waste more dollars in the hospital if you ever hurt yourself. The trainers would know what to do so as not to further injure yourself.
If you are the type of person who is more motivated when you hear the encouragements of others, then meeting with a trainer might just be the solution to get you going!
The Alternative Solution
If you’re worried about the price, we suggest that you consider a small-group personal training with two to four other people. This will not only reduce your spending but also motivate you to work hard alongside your peers (you’ll be spending approximately $30-45).
Hiring a personal trainer sounds like something only people living in Hollywood or Calabasas would do, but that is not the case! In fact, there are a lot of credible personal trainers who want to see you succeed and help you-you just have to let them. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, find the right one you’ll ‘jive’ with, and you’ll be well on your way to a happier, healthier life.