When you first considered becoming a personal trainer, what was the biggest thing holding you back from perusing a career in the fitness industry?
Were you worried about negative stereotypes? Did people tell you there was no future in personal training? Were you afraid to open your own business?
See, I’m pretty sure you weren’t all that worried about any of these ‘problems.’ You didn’t care what others thought, you had the confidence to run your own business, and you defy stereotypes; these weren’t the problem.
There was probably one issue that got in the way though, didn’t it?
As with most people considering training as a career, there’s one major concern that always seems to hold them back: Personal Training Doesn’t Pay.
We’ve all heard that, right? There’s no money in the fitness industry. There’s too much competition, the big box gyms are too cheap, clients can’t afford real personal training rates, and on and on.
There are a million and one reasons why people believe personal trainers can’t make any money.
And when you look at the numbers, you might think those people are right. Salary.com reports that half of all personal trainers make less that $27 an hour, about $55K a year. Not much for someone trying to support a family and live a reasonable lifestyle.
75% of all personal trainers make less than $33 an hour. That still isn’t much of a raise and that’s nearly every personal trainer working in the industry.
But there are a select few who do much, much better.