How Much Does Personal Training Cost?

One of the most common questions I get with a potential new client is, “How much does personal training cost?”

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The answer is: “It depends.”

The hourly rate you pay when you work with a professional Personal Trainer does not really correlate with what your actual cost will be. That’s not a typo. Hourly rate is not the same thing as total cost, yet most people shopping for a trainer are only concerned about the hourly rate. Furthermore, most people only consider the cost in dollar amount to be spent on working out with a trainer while ignoring the cost of health care or medical bills. If you don’t do what’s necessary to lose the fat, improve eating habits, or strengthen muscles and bones to keep yourself functioning pain free and independently as you age, you’ll be spending your hard earned cash on drugs, therapy, or assisted living instead. So let’s look at a few factors that can influence the actual cost of personal training.


If you knew exactly what you needed to do in order to achieve the results that you want, you wouldn’t be reading this page. You’re here because you’re not an expert in the fitness profession and need the guidance of someone who is. That means you need to either educate yourself so that you know exactly what to do (my Master of Science degree in Kinesiology cost about $20,000 and took a couple of years to get – and that was awhile ago)…. or… hire a professional, which should cost considerably less and take less time. A skilled professional will perform an assessment to see what you need and will get you on a path to where you want to go by knowing what exercises to include in your program and how to progress you along the way. Yes, it will require an investment on your part. But just like anything else, hiring a professional is usually cheaper in the long run.


This is a biggie! How motivated are you to make permanent lifestyle changes and do what you need to do on a regular basis? If you need to be accountable to someone to keep on task and don’t have unwavering support of friends or family, then expect to see your trainer more frequently. If you’re intrinsically motivated and have the discipline to do your workouts regularly, then you may be able to go several weeks between sessions and check in with your trainer once a month to get an updated workout so keep you progressing. The more often you need to see your trainer, the higher the cost. If you aren’t motivated enough to workout regularly and try to skimp on training sessions, you’ll either give up before achieving your goal (most likely) or it will take much, much longer and end up costing more.


If you are a beginner and just learning new skills, you’ll need to see your trainer more frequently – at least in the beginning – to make sure you’re doing things correctly so you don’t get injured. If you already have experience with exercise and your technique is sound, you won’t need to see your trainer as often.

In closing, investing in your health is one of the smartest things you can do and will save you money in the long run. I have clients that have gotten off of some of their medications once they reached their fitness goals. Their health improved to the point that they no longer needed to be on statins, blood pressure meds, oral meds for blood sugar control, or meds for bone density. The money they spent on personal training payed dividends by decreasing some of their medical bills while improving their quality of life. So, to answer the common question: my hourly rates currently start at only $75 per hour depending on how far I have to travel. How much it’s actually going to cost is largely up to you.

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If you live in the Minneapolis area and would like to discuss your situation in more detail, call me today for a free consultation and get started!