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How to Grow your Salary


(Celebration, FL)

I have been a trainer for 17 years now. I have obtained in that time 12 certifications. Ranging from Personal Training to Youth Training to Medical Exercise Therapy to Advanced PT, Advanced Nutrition and Weight Loss Specialist just to name a few. Knowledge is POWER in today's industry. Clients have become more aware of exercise and nutrition so we need to be always ahead of the game and constantly learning more.



So my Salary has increased dramatically in the last three years. Three years ago i was making $66,000 in the gym and $20,000 outside of gym. Pretty good right cause that's $86,000



Two years ago my salary jumped up to $88,000 in the gym and about $30,000 to $40,000 outside of gym. Even better cause now I'm at $118,000 to $128,000!



In 2007 i pulled in $108,000 in the gym and over $50,000 outside of gym. Ok..I'm pretty tapped out with this because I was pulling shifts like 5:30am to 10pm on most days but still having weekends off. It's all about balance and commitment.



This year I plan not to work as much but i have increased my rates significantly to make up the income.



It's important to increase your rates it shows that you are an important commodity.

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Making 80K in Des Moines, Iowa
by: Anonymous

I've been running my own personal training business for many years now and my advice to you is to first ask yourself, "Who is my market?"

The answer isn't fat people or athletes or old people. It's RICH PEOPLE!!!

Rich people can afford to be consistent clients year after year which leads to you getting them results. Results leads to them telling all their rich friends about you. Cha-Ching! I complete 40-60 sessions per week @ $40-50 per session.

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Rich people?
by: Melrose

I don't know about you but I didn't enter this field just to make money, but to make a diffrence. Yes, money is always a nice thing but you can still offer your services to lower income individuals by doing a group session. By takeing this approach you can make the same amount of cash or more and increase your client base. If done correctly this is much more valuable than individual training.

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Melrose, Melrose
by: Anonymous

Please don't start your own business. Make a difference when you can afford it. Don't send a resume to my gym. PS. Get some spell check in place.

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Melrose! Wake Up!!!
by: Anonymous

Hey Melrose you go right ahead and train everyone for free since you're in this business to make a difference. The bottom line is you won't be helping anyone if you can't make a living! You'll be selling insurance. Sorry to break it to you, but it's all about the money. That's why people have jobs. Do you think a car wash owner gets into the business, because they're so interested in making a difference? No, they wanted to make a ton of money! Quit being naive and trying to be poitically correct. I think it's about time for people to stand up and speak, and quit sugar coating everything!

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Interesting
by: Anonymous II

I thought this was a "judgement free" zone until I read the past couple comments. Have you taken the time to consider, that both opinions are valid, Anonymous??? It's quite obvious from your repsonse, littered with ridicule aimed toward this person, that you have yet to master the art of relating to other people....which, given that you seem to know it all and are the definitive answer on how to run a successful personal training business, I would assume you would be at least somewhat proficient at. Now, before you tell me that I used a run on sentence, given that you also seem to have an affinity for correcting other peoples errors in erroneous chat rooms...try brushing up on some of your people skils and find something better to do than to pick on others' opionions....Oh, and as for the personal attacks: I hate bullies.

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Hey Im a freshmen going into college and was thinking of becoming a personal trainer would a degree from a college really help with bringing in the bankroll?

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Duration of sessions
by: Anonymous

You do 40-60 sessions per week. How long are those sessions, 30minutes, 45 minutes or hour sessions?

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intrigued
by: Mandy

I am wondering what certifications you have. I am looking to get into becoming a personal trainer as a platform to more of a Health and Wellness coach, meaning I would be a personal trainer, motivator, nutrition consultant...you get the idea. I am overwhelmed with what certifications I should get to start my professional journey, so any insight you have would be very helpful.

Thanks so much

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Are you for real?
by: John

I would certainly like to know which gym you work at and how you manage to make so much money at it. Doesn't the gym take a good percentage of your fees?

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Quit picking on Melrose
by: Anonymous

He/she will probably become the richest of us all. If you are in any job just for the money then you don't really care about our wonderful lovable clients. I love my clients and they know it. They keep coming back year after year. I know some of them can't really afford it but I make it a worthwhile experience for them, get them in shape and be their friend too.

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