How Much Does it Cost to Have a Personal Trainer?

How much it costs to hire a personal trainer in columbia, missouri. What goes into the cost of a personal training session? Find out the answer here.

Question: How much does it cost to have a personal trainer?

Answer: In Columbia, Missouri, a one on one personal training session may cost anywhere from $35 to $70 and up per session.


You should know-Not every personal training environment is the same and not every session is an hour. Some gyms offer personal training alongside normal members in a large space. Other facilities, like Simple Solutions Fitness, are personal training only private studios.

What Affects the Cost of a Personal Trainer?

Personal training session cost varies depending on a number of factors. Exercise is an inexact science. Two personal trainers can share the same information and write two completely different fitness plans.

You will not find the exact right program for you without some trial and error. There is a wide range of fitness programs that may work for some and not for others. Gyms also come in various shapes, amenity levels and sizes.

Because of this, packages between gyms vary greatly.

Session Length

While most sessions are based on 45 to 60 minutes, there are personal trainers who offer shorter sessions. 20 and 30 minute training sessions being the shortest I’ve heard of.

Number of Sessions

Another difference in pricing comes from how training is sold at each facility.

Some personal training sessions are sold in packages of 5, 20, 50 or more. In this scenario, the gym likely offers a discount for buying more sessions at a time. Those sessions also likely carry an expiration date.

Other gyms offer training sessions on a recurring basis of twice, three times and even “unlimited sessions” per week.

Simple Solutions fitness offers training sessions based on a clients goals, schedule and a reasonable estimate of how long it might take to reach a milestone. Often this means two of three sessions per week for at least 3 months.

3 months is a reasonable amount of time to expect to see results working with a personal trainer.

Of course, everyone responds differently to the exact same training programs based on genetics and other factors.

Type of Training Facility

Gyms often sell training as a premium add on to a regular membership. For some, this is the only option for access to personal trainers. The gym may have a separate room for clients or you may train alongside everyone else.

Private training studios offer “personal training only” type services. Some charge boutique prices, over $70 per session. Others charge similar to larger gyms, closer to $40 or $50 per session.

Simple Solutions Fitness is a semi-private training studio, another type of gym. Clients exercise in sessions of two to four people at a time.

A third “place” that you may have not thought of is in home personal training. When I first started my business, I offered this service. In-home training is very labor and time intensive. For this reason, it can often be the most expensive option on the market.

Trainer Certification

Believe it or not, large gyms often have a number of trainers who may not have a certification yet. Often, new trainers are allowed up to six months to attain certification while learning the ropes.

This may mean that trainers carry varying costs in the same facilities.

The three most respected organisations in the personal training industry are;

  1. National Strength and Conditioning Association (CPT or CSCS)
  2. American College of Sports Medicine (CPT)
  3. National Academy of Sports Medicine (CPT)

I personally hold the NSCA-CSCS (National Strength and Conditioning Association - Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) - the current industry “gold standard”.

The CSCS is the hardest certification to obtain. You’ll often see trainers listing the letters CSCS after their names to signify that they carry one. In reality, a certification is just a starting point.

Trainer Specialty

Some trainers work with very niche populations and therefore may have a higher demand on their services.

Some examples of niche training populations include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Older
  • Post Rehabilitation Clients (ex. Back, knee or shoulder surgery clients released from physical therapy)
  • Athletes

If you have a special circumstance, (or will) don't forget to factor this in.

Why Don’t Gyms List Prices?

Gyms don’t list prices online because they want to have a conversation with you. This allows the gym to make sure that they are talking to you about a service you’re interested in-making a sale more likely.

Think about it this way, if you go grocery shopping, you likely know how much you’re looking to spend. You might have a list, theme, couple items or meal picked out.

The more information your grocery store has about your preferences, the better chance you have of being shown something you’re interested in (thanks hyvee for sending the cereal coupons).

Some personal training providers are of the opinion that listing prices attracts only the “serious buyers”.

You’ll notice that I have not listed studio prices in this article. That is because I want to get to know more about you first.

Here’s How to Shop For Personal Training:

  • Check Your Area. Find out local gyms, studios and remote offerings you have access to.
  • Perform background research. Make a couple phone calls, check google search results. Ask friends and family.
  • Find out what to expect. Search google and facebook reviews to get information from people who’ve tried the service. What can they offer to help you with your goal(s)?
  • Talk to the personal trainer. See if their information is listed. Many gyms have a website, not all maintain them. Some require you to talk to sales.
  • Book a consultation. If the training program seems like a good fit for you, reach out to schedule a consultation. Fill out a contact form.
  • Ask questions. Some gyms offer an initial consultation for a fee. Other gyms may discount or waive a consultation fee if training services are purchased. Initial consultations are free at Simple Solutions Fitness.

There’s no surefire way to know if a style of personal training will suit you best but, you know what personalities mesh well with you.

Training is not about feeling sore and sweating in every session, it’s about getting better over time.

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