How Much Does Personal Training Cost?

Here at Plan B Fitness people always ask us “How much does personal training cost”? 

As you might imagine, this is a difficult question to answer. 

Given the number of variables and options available, such as the number of times a week you train, how much support you need/want with your nutrition, mindset, recovery and levels accountability, there’s a corresponding range in the price of the personal training programmes we build for you. 

We understand that when you’re researching personal trainers, comparing personal training companies, and looking into different fitness providers and gyms you need to know the price range for the service you’re looking for to help you answer the question of how much does personal training cost.

In this article, we will discuss the various factors that influence the price of working with a personal trainer and personal training companies. After that we’ll outline approximate price ranges you can expect to find comparing personal trainers. 

Hiring a trainer or coach is a GREAT way to fast-track your progress to get the results you’re looking for safely, quickly and more easily (and even have some fun along the way).

But the truth is, finding exactly the right trainer or programme for you can be confusing. It can also feel a bit intimidating, especially if you’re new to exercise.

What questions should you ask? 

How do you make an informed decision? 

How do you know you’re making the right investment in your health and fitness?

This article will arm you with the questions to ask so you feel confident when it comes to hiring a trainer and choosing a programme. 

You’ll know exactly what info you need so you can get the most value for your money, time, and effort. 

Here are some quick fire dos and don'ts when it comes to hiring a coach or trainer:

❌ Don’t hire based solely on price (more on that below!).

❌ Don’t hire the first trainer recommended to you simply because it’s the easiest choice.

✅ DO get referrals and do pay attention to world-of-mouth.

✅ DO ask a lot of questions.

And most importantly…

✅ DO listen to your gut instincts!

Ultimately, you want to hire a trainer who:

✅ Is experienced helping people like you get the results you’re after.

✅ Is a good fit personality-wise.

✅ Will push you and challenge you to be your best, even when you “don’t feel like it”.

✅ Will be there for you when you need it most and hold you accountable.

✅ Truly cares about YOU.

✅ Provides a high value for their time and expertise. 

A great coach can help you formulate your specific goals and a timeline for achieving them, but you need to know the basics first. 

  • Do you want to lose weight?
  • Are you coming back from an injury?
  • Do you want to become stronger?
  • Are you looking to improve your skills or fitness for a specific sport or event? 
  • Do you just want to feel better and have more energy? 
  • Do you want to get better quality sleep?
  • Is putting on muscle a goal?
  • Do you have any medical conditions? 

Some trainers and coaches will be more equipped to help with certain goals than others, and the truth is, some enjoy working with specific populations more than others, because of their background and interests.

In addition to having the expertise necessary to help you, you also want your trainer / coach to enjoy working with you as much as you enjoy working with them!

As an example, if you’re new to working out or you recently had a baby and need to work on core strength and stability, hiring a coach who focuses on youth athletes or men that want to build big muscles might not be the best fit.

Same deal if you are going through a stage of life such as peri/menopause.

Does that trainer/company have experience in working with clients going through the same stage and changes. 

Do You Want A Trainer Or A Coach?

This might sound like semantics… but it can be make-or-break when it comes to getting real results. It boils down to whether you want a complete programme to help you achieve your goals, or just a great workout.

Every decent personal trainer will put together workouts for you and guide you through them, correcting your from and count your reps for you. 

A trainer will also provide encouragement to push you through your workouts – “great job!” “you can do it!” “awesome!”.

And that’s fantastic – if that’s all you want.

BUT… a COACH will do all of that, PLUS provide you with guidance that reaches far beyond your workouts.

This can include nutritional guidance, accountability, and support for building a healthy lifestyle, self-development and mindset coaching, and all the “extras”  you need to create real shifts and lasting results in your life.

At Plan B Fitness, we’re proud to take a coaching approach and offer complete programmes that help you to regain and maintain your health, fitness, wellbeing and happiness. Not just the numbers on the scales. 

Does The Trainer Have A Proven Track Record Of Results?

If you have a chance to see your potential trainer in action at the gym or studio, or running a group session, do your own reconnaissance and watch how they interact with their clients during sessions.

Are they attentive and do they offer form correction? Or do they seem distracted, on their phone, and disengaged?

If it’s not possible to watch the trainer interact with their clients, get references and/or talk to 2-3 current clients about their experience and results.

A high quality coach will have no issues putting you in touch with their current clients or sending you examples of the type of clients they work with and results these clients have achieved. 

What Are The Trainer’s Qualifications? 

Here’s a weird fact: almost NO ONE ever asks trainers about their certifications and credentials.

It’s a question that’s definitely worth asking. Why?

In the UK now, you can get a Personal Trainer qualification in as little as a month without doing an in-person practical assessment.

The course is 100% online and the assessment is a video that is sent into the course provider… 

Compounding the confusion, there are literally dozens of companies that offer personal trainer certifications. 

Some offer certifications after a one-day training programme while others require months of study or even a four-year degree.

Top certifying agencies in the U.K. include the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual), Active IQ and UK Active.

While being certified might not predict whether a trainer does a good job, it does indicate a level of professionalism.

Plus, certified trainers must take continuing education classes in order to keep their credentials current, which ensures they stay up-to-date with current research and keep their skills sharp.

Two other things you should ask about, both of which show a commitment to professionalism: current first aid certificate and public liability insurance. 

Do Your Personalities “Click”?

This is an intangible quality, so you’ll have to trust your gut on this one.

It’s important that you and your coach enjoy each other's company, since you are going to be spending a lot of time together!

This doesn't mean you need to be BFF's – but you should find them motivating, inspiring, and knowledgeable.

You also need to be able to trust them because they will be pushing you out of your comfort zone on a regular basis (that’s part of getting results!).

Also: think about what motivates YOU. 

Do you need a cheerleader or a drill sergeant? Or a little of both? Will the trainer be able to deliver? 

You should feel confident that they can motivate and support you as you reach toward your goals. 

How Much Does Personal Training Cost? 

The price of training should play a role in your decision… as should what you’re actually getting for your money.

Remember that committing to a trainer/programme is an investment in your health, quality of life, and longevity, and should never be looked at as an expense.

A great coach has the potential to change the course of the rest of your life, your self-confidence, health, wellbeing, the way you look and feel… the list goes on!

Some trainers charge per month; others, per session or per programme.

According to the average price of personal training in the UK is £50 per session with variations depending on your PT's experience, specialisms, and geographical location.

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Remember though, the baseline numbers don't tell the full story.

An investment in a personal trainer isn't just about money; it's about the invaluable investment in your health and long-term wellbeing.

Your health is your best asset, so it pays to hire a personal trainer with the right skills and experience.

At Plan B Fitness, all clients start working with us on an initial six week programme.

We run programmes, rather than just ‘workouts’ because we work with every client on the physical side, provide full nutritional support, (inc. education, analysis and feedback) as standard, as well as incorporating lifestyle support as well.

We believe if we only offer you workouts, we would be doing you a huge disservice based on our level of experience and expertise.

Exercise is just one small part of many aspects to creating a long term, sustainable, fit, healthy and happy lifestyle.

As the saying goes ‘You cannot out-train a bad diet’.

We would add to that, that you can't out-train a super busy and stressful lifestyle either. 

If you have any or all of… a partner, children, aging parents, career, hobbies, social life etc., you have a busy (and potentially) stressful lifestyle.

How much does personal training cost at Plan B Fitness?

We run a number of different programmes – all that include training, nutritional guidance, lifestyle support and accountability as standard.

Our Six Week Group Training Programme (our most popular programme – by a very long way!) is £375.

We run Semi Private Training Programmes which range from £235 – £470 for the initial six weeks phase.

Our 1-2-1 Personal Training Programmes range between £347 – £697 for the initial six weeks.

We can also build 100% personalised programmes for you if you have a very specific goal or need, such as injury or illness rehab, or training for a specific/specialist event.

After your initial six week programme, we have a number of different monthly membership options available to you depending on your long term goals.


And finally…

We cannot stress enough the importance of doing your research and asking lots of questions before committing your health, fitness and wellbeing to a personal trainer or personal training company.

There are some trainers out there that would train anyone with a wallet and a pulse. This is NOT personal training.

This is also not a joke.