big gym pay rates
I am new to personal training and am very discouraged by the pay my gym offers. They pay $5.15/hr for a "training assessment" on a club member (this is primary way you get new clients). For any "dead time" you receive no pay. This also means if your "TA" is a no-show, you get zip.
You sell a training package and, depending on how many sessions the client buys, they pay anywhere from $42 - $48 per training hour. The trainer gets only $13/hr when they are training a client, and 8% of any training packages they sell. If you hit your sales goals for several months in a row, your hourly rate will increase to $15/hr (still $5.15 for training assessments). However, the first month you do not hit sales goal, it drops back to $13/hr.
Also, regardless of prior certifications, the gym requires all trainers to get APEX certified. This is a certification I had never heard of. They take $50 from every paycheck toward this certification that I have never seen any training materials for. Apparently there is an on-line test you have to pass. After the test is passed, and you've paid your $399 for APEX certification, you get a "bodybugg", which is a cool device, but I feel like it's just a ploy to force more sales of bodybuggs, by requiring trainers to buy them.
This is a franchise gym with a big time name. The only thing that keeps me returning to work is my clients and the satisfaction of seeing their progress. It is certainly not the money.