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How much does a Personal Trainer cost? 2021

Average Price
$50 per session

How much will I pay for a Personal Trainer?

Want to get your fitness on track with a personal trainer but not sure of the cost? Don’t sweat it! Read our guide to find out how much your fitness professional will charge for one-to-one classes, group sessions, Crossfit training, and more.

What is a Personal Trainer? 

We all want to feel our best, but it’s not always easy to know how to. With so many workouts and fitness plans out there, finding an exercise routine that works for you can be tough. 

Whether it’s losing weight, building strength, or training for a marathon, we can connect you to a wide range of personal trainers to give you the push you need. They’ll be there to get you through the difficult days and celebrate the good ones, so you can stay on track to achieving your fitness goals. 

What is the price of a Personal Trainer? 

Reaching your fitness goals doesn't happen in one session, so it's important to know how much hiring a personal trainer will cost, especially if you are considering regular classes. To give you a better understanding, here’s a handy breakdown of average prices based on local US professionals: 

Average cost (per session) $50
Minimum cost (per session) $30
Maximum cost (per session) $80

Factors influencing cost

The cost of a personal trainer can vary depending on several factors. These include: 

  • The professional’s education and experience

  • One-to-one vs. group training sessions 

  • Price per session - hourly rates or package deals 

  • Type of training

  • Location

The professional’s education and experience

When choosing a personal trainer it's important to consider the level of their education and experience. In the US, the two most recognized certifications are: 

  • NSCA-CPT (Certified Personal Trainer) 

  • NSCA-CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist)

Professional trainers in the US also complete CPR and AED certifications, to be able to offer emergency assistance if a client has a medical emergency. 

Beyond this, a trainer’s experience can range anywhere from having a degree in human anatomy and wellness to being a professional athlete. In a nutshell, the more experience they have, the more you pay. 

Here’s a rough estimate of how much you can expect to pay per session based on the professional’s experience: 

Experience levelAverage cost (per session)
Junior $40
Average $50
Experienced $65

An experienced or specialized trainer could charge up to $120 - $150 per session - this can increase if you’re in a big city like New York or LA, so be prepared to spend big bucks if you’re looking to hire the crème de la crème. 

One-to-one vs. group training sessions

Most professional trainers offer individual and group training sessions. Individual sessions are customized to your needs, which makes them more expensive. Here’s a rough breakdown of the cost difference: 

Session typeAverage cost (per session)
Individual $50 - $60
Group$30 - $40

If you’re on a budget, most group sessions are small, so while you might not get as much individual support, your personal trainer will still have plenty of time to tend to your needs. Working out with friends also reduces the hourly rate per person, so it's a win-win.

Price per session (hourly rate or package deals) 

Most personal trainers will give discounts on packages of multiple sessions to encourage you to book more at once, bringing down the hourly rate. If you need a personal trainer over a longer period, then booking multiple sessions is the way to go, as it will save you money in the long run.

Here's a rough idea of the type of discount personal trainers may offer, but remember that prices will vary depending on the instructor!

  • Package of 5, 10, or 20 sessions - up to 30% discount

  • Weekly or bi-weekly training sessions - up to 30% discount

Type of training 

The price per session can also be affected by the type of training you want. 

Prices for workouts like Boxing or Crossfit can rise to around $60 to $75 per session as trainers need specialist skills to teach these classes. 

If you want your package to come with a tailor-made nutrition plan, expect to pay more for this additional service. 

Location 

Let’s face it, big cities burn a hole in our pockets. If you live somewhere like New York or LA, you could spend double (or more!) of what you would elsewhere for the same personal training service.

Remember, prices in big cities can jump to around $90 - $150 if you are looking to hire super-specialized or experienced instructors. 

If you're on a budget but live in a big city, you may want to consider an online personal trainer to keep costs down.

Is hiring a Personal Trainer worth the cost? 

With a personal trainer, you can set realistic, achievable goals tailored to your needs. While it comes at a cost, there’s no better place to invest your money than in your health. A personal trainer also means you don’t need to fork out for monthly gym membership fees!  

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