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How to fix the fees for your personal training?

Personal trainers make a living out of their personal training courses by training their clients to be fit, lose weight and get the body that they desire. It is important to choose the right fee structure to your clients. The training that you provide must be worth the charges that the client incurs. There are various factors that you must consider while fixing the fee structure.

What other trainers charge

Before fixing the pricing structure for your personal training courses, you must do a thorough research and see what other trainers on the Gold Coast charge. Note down what types of training programs or packages they offer and what their fee structure is.

This is important because you cannot charge significantly more than what they charge, and it would lead to you losing the clients to them. If you charge very less than what they do, you will have more clients, but it would not be financially feasible for your business.


Location is another important factor that must be taken into consideration while deciding the charges for your personal training courses. In metropolitan areas where the cost of living is high, the charges are significantly more as compared to suburbs or rural areas where the average income of people and cost of living is lower. Many fitness trainers come to the Gold Coast each year to find work becuase of the fantastic lifestyle the city has to offer.

Target population

With the fitness industry being so huge, there is a vast population who want to get trained but for different reason altogether. Overall weight loss, body toning, sports training, injury rehabilitation training, extreme weight loss training, maternity fitness training, training for the older generation are some of the training areas that trainers specialize in. The pricing structure varies with the type of client you cater to and you must be clear about this when you fix a fee structure.

Associated costs

The pricing that you offer to a client also depends on other associated costs such as travelling time and equipment cost that you incur as a trainer. If the client requires you to train him/her at his/her home, the cost that you would give to this client includes the travel cost that you will incur. On the other hand, training the client at your home-based gym will have to consider costs for the equipment and other resources that you have to use such as electricity, rent etc. For information on prices please check out this website:

One-on-one or group training

Some clients prefer one-on-one training in your personal training courses. The fees that you would charge to such clients will be significantly higher than what you would charge to a client who is ready to train in a small group of four people. This is because in group training, the cost gets divided amongst the participant and such trainings cost lesser that individual trainings.

Determining the right pricing structure for your personal training courses is an important aspect of your fitness business. You must do proper research and take into account all factors before finalizing the fees that you will charge your client. The costing structure along with the quality of training that you give your clients will determine the success of your business and will keep your clients coming back for more.

Not All Nutrition Bars are Nutritious

As a personal trainer I have to look over dozens of food diaries each week, one thing that always get’s me is the amount of sugar in the average persons diet.

If you think that the sugary cerials or the low fat pudding which you consume daily are proved to be healthy, but then in actually the case is not what you think. There is a lot of confusion regarding what to eat and what not to eat in order to attain weight loss. In fact even all nutrition bars re also not as healthy as you think them to be.

A few of the makers of the nutrition candy bars were asked to take off the work healthy from their packaging because the ingredients did not meet the fat guidelines. Here are two ways to figure out if a nutrition bar is a healthy choice or not.


These two ways are the nutrition facts table and the ingredient list. The bar manufacturers can either pick super clean ingredients like seeds and nuts or make the facts look good by mixing processed ingredients. The main trick is actually to find the balance between the two.

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The ingredient table


You should watch out for the added sugar which might seem healthy but in real which is not. There are high chances that there can be added sugar in disguise. But on the label if you read cane syrup or brown rice syrup then it is surely a chocolate bar instead of an energy bar.

Artificial sweeteners

Mannitol, xylitol or any other ingredient ending with ‘ol’ are all sugar alcohol, which will leave you gassy. The sweeteners like sucralose or aspartame can throw off your blood sugar, increase your craving for those nutrition bars in which they are present and can also meddle with your metabolism.

Hydrogenated fats

If you can find the word hydrogenated in the packaging of any nutrition bar then make sure never to eat that nutrition bar ever again. These types of fats are really not good for your heart and also for your overall health.

Nutrition facts table

Calorie bombs

A few nutrition bars will look super clean on their ingredient lists but in real will make you land up with more than 400 calories per bar. Well, so much of calorie in one bar is actually more than a dessert for a woman. There can also be two bars in the place of one in a packet but will provide you with the information of only one of the bar.

Carb overload

You should pick those nutrition bars for yourself which contains 30 grams carbohydrates or even lesser than that. You should always keep a check on that. Generally people just check for the protein intake and how much calorie they will gain upon eating a nutrition bar but no one notices the carb intake which is an essential point.

Hence, all nutrition bars does not provide you with those nutritional values the way you think. If you do not pick the right one for you then instead of having a weight loss you may land up with lots of weight gain.

HIIT Training and The Afterburn Effect

fitness trainer qualification

Other short and high intensity exercises such as the little method, density set training as well as 10-20-30 training can also be of great help.

Therefore, fitness training is very important for the afterburn. The exercises discussed above are performed at 70-85% of one individual’s heart rate.

It is not necessary for you to stick to the traditional cardio for achieving EPOC. Many fitness course studies conducted in Europe show that weight training can also elevate your EPOC, just be sure to hire a trainer that has the right fitness trainer qualification for this type of exercise.

It may be a lot more effective compared to cardio training in some cases. If you are new to this type of rigorous and intense training can also try a work-to-rest ratio, which would ideally be 1:2.

For example, 60 seconds of exercise is followed by 2 minutes of rest. Alternatively, you can do a 5-minute warm-up followed by 60-seconds of fast running and two minutes of recovery walk. Repeat this circuit six to eight times.

Then followed by a five-minute cool-down, it would add up to a 30 minutes in total, which is more than enough. Before performing these exercises it is best to do the fitness training. Fitness training will warm up your body and your body will be prepared to do the exercises mentioned above.

In order to stimulate EPOC, one major thing should be kept in mind is an appropriate fitness training routine.

A New Year a New Body?

As part of my 2016 health and fitness goals I have made a commitment to lose weight and get back into shape!

I told my husband that I want to lose 6 kilos in 6 weeks and he said he’ll be supporting me every step of the way.

So, now the easy part is out of the way… now’s where the work begins 🙂

After much research on the interent I think I have found a weight loss program I can follow through with, you only need to stick to eating once a day which suits me perfect.

Being a busy mum, wife and business owner I really don’t have the time to prepare meals and calorie count, and my long work days make it difficult for me to get to the gym more than 2-3 days per week.

After signing up they sent me this really helpful article called How To Lose Weight Fast for Women With These 50 Easy Tips, if your’e a busy business women like me, I highly recommend you check it out… there’s some really great tips in there.

That’s it for me, I plan on writing a weekly update to keep me accountable.

Till next Time!

Sarah James


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