I talk to personal trainers every day who are either struggling to make ends meet with their one-on-one training business or who are working for a gym and trying to decide whether to strike out on their own.
I tell every single one of them that starting a fitness boot camp is the best thing they will ever do for their income, their family and their quality of life. There are a number of reasons for this, but I think one of the best ways to illustrate the difference is by breaking down earnings and hours for you.
Remember, for personal trainers, it’s all about earnings per hour.
If you’re training one-on-one right now, how much are you charging your client? How much could you conceivably raise that rate without losing the client?
How many hours in the day can you realistically train? For most trainers, once they deduct travel time, set up and meals, the most hours they can train in a day is 6-8. That may not sound like a lot of work, but that’s 6-8 hours out of a 12-14 hour day. Additionally, there are very few one-on-one trainers who have enough clients that they can book 30-40 sessions per week.
On the other hand, if you run a fitness boot camp, you might have 20 people per session and hold 30 sessions per week. 20×30 = 600 paid sessions. Will you ever be able to book 600 one-on-one sessions in a week? Of course not.
So let’s look at earning per hour. Let’s say you charge $40 per session for one-on-one training and you book 30 sessions per week. That’s 6 sessions a day five days per week. But your days run about 12 hours long because you have gaps between sessions as well as travel and set up time. In this example, you’re making $1200 per week, but it only comes out to $20 per hour. Continue reading