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How much do Personal trainers charge?

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oneyummymummy Sat 31-Jan-09 16:13:56

Does anyone know roughly how much a personal trainer and/or a nutritionalist is?

SimpleAsABC Sat 31-Jan-09 16:48:06

Personal Trainer

Try that?

MarkPT Sat 31-Jan-09 17:10:03

really depends on the area you live, how qualified the person is, and how many sessions your were to buy.

Do a google search for nutritionist or personal trainer in your county/area

hifi Sat 31-Jan-09 17:48:36

im in north london and mine charges £20 for half hour, its £25 normally but dh and i have a few a week so he does a deal.

oneyummymummy Sat 31-Jan-09 21:58:33

simple I tried that link, it didn't work.

I have tried to google it, but cant find any definate answers.

hifi Is that for a P.trainer?

MarkPT Sat 31-Jan-09 22:30:00

I would say that price is about right, tho most PT's will charge for an hour, and a minimum of X sessions.

hifi Sun 01-Feb-09 10:51:51

yes one on one high intensity.

Millarkie Sun 01-Feb-09 11:05:21

The last gym I went to had personal trainers you could book for £30 per half hour or £50 per hour.

eandz Sun 01-Feb-09 11:19:46

wow, i was paying £26 per hour for a full hour and i live in north west london.

but i did have to pre-pay and book at least 15 sessions to get it at that price. but it included a 1 hour massage every three sessions.

MarkPT Sun 01-Feb-09 11:51:58

I would say you generally get what you pay for. Yes there will be the odd PT who charges quite highly and isn't much cop, but genereally you would be looking at £38 per hour and upwards. No offence to you or your trainer but at £26 per hour they either weren't very qualified, not very good, not very busy, or all 3! smile

A good tip is to ask a PT for references from past or current clients. If they are unwiling they have something to hide, do no gest results and you should steer clear of.
This way you can ask the client about the trainer, the results they get etc etc,

eandz Sun 01-Feb-09 13:20:45

eh, i lost 3.5 stones with the help of my £26.00 an hour personal trainer. he was much much much better than any of the ones i've previously used.

He isn't too busy, 3 clients a day. He usually goes to the clients, because fitness and working out shouldn't be dependent on a gym membership.

He also gives new clients 7 days to show any signs of improvement or else he refunds. (So you don't have to see him more than once) but on the 7th day since your first meeting he does schedule a 15 minute assessment. He's quite strict. If you don't buy the package of 15+ sessions then the normal fee is £32 an hour and the assessments are at £18 an hour. The first two assessments are free and you pay him a £100.00 deposit once you've booked him, it is refundable after 7 days if you haven't made any improvements or at your 6th full session.

as far as nutrition- he does go over several different eating plans, and takes you through the different fad diets and explains harm/benefit of each. He personally suggests a certain calorie count depending on your dedication to actually work out with or without him and specifies what needs your body has as far as vitamins and supplements go. he never suggests you buy any specific products, or foods and does ask everyone to see a gp within 2 weeks of the initial start date to make sure that the plan both of you have set is safe.

i could go on and on about him, but to be honest he only takes clients through referral and his business revolves around word of mouth i think he plays on being exclusive....but with all the info i've given in this post, you could just do it all yourself without his help.

if you really feel like you need weights or a treadmill just buy them on ebay. i got my elliptical for £70.00 with original manufacturers warranty, it had never been used for more than a drying rack. Weights are cheap too. all of it combined is still much much much cheaper than a gym membership.

sorry if it's long, just don't want anyone to get stuck in the rut i'd gotten into when i'd gained all my weight and then faced the daunting task of losing it all. if you can put it on, you can take it off. you can and will do it if you really want to. you can do anything.

Millarkie Sun 01-Feb-09 16:29:47

Just back from my induction at a new gym. They are advertising 1 hour PT sessions at £25, with reductions for block bookings up to £200 for 10 sessions. (Have no idea on the quality of the trainers but the chap who did my induction today was one of the trainers and he did the most comprehensive induction that I have ever had - and I've run away from a lot of different gyms )

bran Sun 01-Feb-09 16:34:16

My pt comes to me, there's a gym in my building but during school holidays we usually do a home based workout. He charges £45/hour if 10 sessions are booked at a time, otherwise it's £50. I see him twice a week and it's made a huge difference to my strength and general fitness.

oneyummymummy Sun 01-Feb-09 17:24:43

eandz Where does he work? What areas? He sounds fab exactly what I need.

Thanks everyone for the feedback, any one know anyone around the south east?

MarkPT Sun 01-Feb-09 18:00:38

good detailed post Eandz. He certainly puts in some work for his £26 per hour, not sure how he makes a living though!!

I don't know ANY PT's who charge less than £32 an hour!!

What gym did you have your induction in? If fitness first, their "instructors" are self employed PT's so you should get a good "trainer" there, if not they could just be a gym instructor who can do "PT". Check their credentials, as gym instructors have a basic qualification and that is it. I've seen instructors at my gym, and I wouldn't let them near me or my clients. There's even one who is very confident in his approach/inductions etc, talks the game, but I saw one of the programmes he wrote for a client, and I wouldn't use it to wipe my bottom it was that bad!

ladycornyofsilke Sun 01-Feb-09 18:06:54

markpt are you in the UK? what do you think of the personal trainers at LA fitness? I'm thinking of getting some PT sessions and have a membership with them.

eandz Sun 01-Feb-09 18:12:48


he's in nw8 area. do you want me to ask if i can give out his number? i'm not seeing him until my next assessment, but i can text him and ask.

MarkPT Sun 01-Feb-09 18:28:59

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MarkPT Sun 01-Feb-09 18:34:23

Sorry just re-read my post, and it looks like I put to much emphasis on qualifications, when I would be the first to admit that experience and results are more important that any qualification.

However, via the qualification, you can see the background training they have...

ladycornyofsilke Sun 01-Feb-09 18:40:38

Thanks Markpt -I'm in the North - Surrey too far for me! Will check out the trainers at LA fitness then.

MarkPT Sun 01-Feb-09 19:39:44

no trouble - good luck smile

One other thing - ensure they give you nutrition advice. PT without good nutrition advice is like being given a Ferrari and no ignition key!!! They go hand in hand, so hopefully they will give some!

Exercise1Girl Tue 10-Feb-09 01:09:27


Good question and one I haven't seen answered properly anywhere here!

It depends on what level your personal trainer is and I've been PA to one of the highest qualified in the UK and Europe for 20 years. Most of the qualification papers specifically saying ‘personal trainer’ on them, ironically. don’t deliver the ‘real’ thing at all.

Alan assesses them too; in this country, Europe and Scandinavia and is called as ‘Expert Witness’ in litigation involving their ‘mistakes’ having been in Exercise, Injury and Nutrition for 40 years!

If you want to know how a 'real' one really operates when he/she first meets you, go to and on the homepage you'll see my boss' photo, with 'a truly extraordinary personal trainer' caption under it.

Click on his photo and then read his article' Looking for an Advanced Personal Trainer'.

That will really help you know exactly what level the person before you is, as there's only about 30 or so 'real' personal trainers in all of the UK, but literally thousands using the title with a couple of weeks to a few months training behind their ‘expertise’!

Literally 90% plus are really only worth about £20 an hour...absolute max, but you'll find them asking a lot more than that!

Working with Al, I've seen the evidence of this continually, particularly over the last 8-10 years.

Good luck hunting for the 'real' thing. Not a lot of them around!

All the Best


Exercise1Girl Tue 10-Feb-09 11:57:44

Incidentally oneyummy...I have an Hons 1st Sports Science degree and I'm not qualified enough to be a 'real' Personal Trainer.

The degree, as good as it is, doesn't give enough exercise biomechanics knowledge and didn't give me any nutritional knowledge at all!

Gives you some idea of how much weight of expertise you need in order to be a credible 'real' one, so be sure to be mega selective when you're considering someone.

JESSINBOOTS Thu 12-Mar-09 18:55:00

I've had quite a few trainers ranging from as little as £18 all the way up to £150 and I agree with MarkPT, you really do get what you pay for.

The fastest results I ever got came from the most expensive (sods law!) but then, the level of service was completely bespoke and covered everything (which you'd expect for that kind of dosh).

The best trainer I ever had told me that all trainers should be able to guarantee results. If they can't then steer clear.

Sounds good to me.

KatyTuncer Tue 18-Oct-11 21:19:42

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