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Whether you want to lose weight, build muscle, get stronger, or be more consistent with a fitness plan, you’ve undoubtedly thought about working with a personal trainer.

After all, a good coach can provide the guidance you need to push through the difficulty, learn fundamental facts, and reach your goals.

The question is, how much does a personal trainer cost, and why do some people’s services cost more than others?

Let’s review.

How Much Does a Personal Trainer Cost?

Personal training services vary significantly based on where the person works and how established they are.

In general, there are three broad categories to pick from:

  • Health clubs/gyms – $40 to $60 per session
  • Private studios – $85 to $150 per session
  • Celebrity trainers – $450 to $1,000 per session

Which One Should You Pick?

Let’s say that money is not an issue and you can work with whomever you choose. Should you go with the most expensive option?

1. Celebrity Trainers

Following the logic that the most expensive option is best would mean working with a celebrity trainer. After all, if these trainers work with famous actors, singers, producers, and such, they must know what they are talking about, right?

Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case, and just because someone is well-known doesn’t mean they are good. Sometimes, these people get to where they are because they have connections or know how to charm others. 

So, you might pay $600 for a session and get less than you would have by working with an average trainer at a gym.

Plus, celebrity trainers work with people who can spend a tremendous amount of money on other areas of life and fitness: nutrition, recovery, supplementation, performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), and more. 

Personal training is one aspect of their process, but it alone is not responsible for their results.

2. Private Studios

Private studios are your next option, and sessions cost around $100. Visiting a studio can be great, especially if you don’t enjoy the gym environment. These are smaller and more intimate, and it’s easier to form friendships with like-minded individuals. 

For most people, small business private studios are the best place to work with a personal trainer. The environment is much more relaxed, and you work with competent coaches that focus solely on your workout experience.

3. Health Clubs/Gyms

Health clubs and gyms are the last broad category on our list, and the one most people pick to get fit and work with a personal trainer.

Despite the more affordable price per session, we don’t generally recommend these for a couple of reasons. First, it can be tricky to find a good trainer, and working with an incompetent coach can lead to a bad experience.

Second, the environment is far more dynamic, and it can be challenging to connect with your trainer. Often, trainers in public gyms have to carry out other tasks like putting away weights, which prevents them from giving you their full, undivided attention.

Final Words

As you can see, personal training services vary, and a higher price doesn’t necessarily ensure quality. 

We recommend small business private studios because the trainers there are generally competent, the cost per session isn’t too high, and you’re more likely to get the attention you need.