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Options for a Personal Trainer

You may have considered hiring a personal trainer to help you with you fitness regime, but are now worried about the most important thing: the cost. Hiring a personal trainer can be extremely beneficial to your exercise routine, as it can help you achieve your health goals in a structured way. You might want to hire the services of a professional personal trainer, but you are worried about how much this medium term investment might cost, and if you can afford it. There are different options to hire a trainer, which meet different budgets.


The usual kind of personal trainer we think of is the one-on-one health motivator. These are professionals hired by sports clubs and gyms, but also work freelance. It’s good to hire an individual trainer as this person will be able to assess your current health, create an individual plan, and then work with you every step of the way to achieve your goals. Rates are typically based on a package of multiple hours, for example 20 or 30 hours. Prices in Australia currently range from around $40 to anywhere up to $70 per hour for a personal trainer course; but if you purchase a package there may be a significant discount, or other bonus such as upgraded gym membership. So make sure to check out any deals.

Group Training

Whilst hiring a one-on-one trainer is often the preferred method, many people prefer working towards their goals in a small or large group. This can work out well if there are two or three of your friends who want to work out together. Alternatively, you can join a group with unknown people who want to start and end a course of group training at the same time as you. The downside is your individual fitness goals will not be focused on exclusively, but the upshot is this kind of training is cheaper. Group training sessions are around $25 to $35 per hour.

Online Personal Trainer

These days, a lot of people are opting to hire an online personal trainer to design a fitness program for them and then do the exercises unaided. Online personal trainers are real people, experts in fitness, and they provide you with a customised workout program that you can follow on your own in the gym and then report back to them. The main benefit of this type of training is that the packages will be cheaper, however it goes without saying that you’ll be missing out on the personal touch. However, if you are disciplined with your exercise, and you are looking to save a bit of cash then going the online route is favourable. A typical online personal trainer package will cost anywhere from $20 to $45 per month. That fee is monthly, not hourly.

Making the Decision

Once you’ve decided to ramp up your fitness regime by hiring a professional trainer, that’s the first decision you’ve made. Next, you need to make a choice between the various options possible for selecting a trainer. The traditional, and most popular, is a one-on-one trainer. Unfortunately, this is also the most expensive. If you’re looking to save some money but still have regular personal contact with your trainer, then consider joining a group program. A final option that has risen in popularity now that the internet is part of our lives is to hire a monthly subscription to an online personal trainer. This last option will certainly save you money, if you are confident of your discipline to train alone.