How much should a fitness trainer charge and do you need any certificates?

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I want to become a fitness trainer but I’m a bodybuilder so I focus more on heavy weights low reps. Can you become a fitness trainer just for building muscle only? I don’t do cardio at all!!! and do you need some sort of certification to become a fitness trainer becuase I’ve been bodybuilding for 3 years and know the different muscle groups and the machines. And how much should a fitness trainer charge I hear they get paid well.

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Answer by Sue
it doesnt matter what type but you do need some type of store permit and an owner permit its good that you have experience thats required dont do anything to expensive. i would say no larger than 50 dollars if they want more add 10 more dollars

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3 thoughts on “How much should a fitness trainer charge and do you need any certificates?

  • October 10, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Although there is no law requiring certification, you need a national certification in order to get insurance and/or work for a reputable gym. A national cert is once like ACSM, CSCS, ACE, NSPA. Generally, a nationally recognized body where you must take a proctored, closed-book exam. I say that because there are a number of certifications out there that have take home tests or no test. Generally, they are a crock. Expect to spend between $ 400-1000 USD to get a good personal trainer cert.

    As far as practice goes, it doesn’t matter what your fitness regimine is, as long as you give clients a workout plan that is tailored to their needs. Generally, trainers charge between $ 40-100 per hour for their services. If you work at a gym, you will keep anywhere from 50-80% of what you take in. A full time trainer can make around $ 30,000 per year to start, if you are a good salesperson, and a well trained trainer. As you develop your business, and your reputation and education increases, you can expect to make more. If you reach a point where you can own your own business/training studio, you can make some decent money. But my advice is that you pursue personal training as a side job.

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  • October 10, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    For starting the career,it is not necessary but for better career everything should be fair and certified.

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