Personal Trainers Survey

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Press Release – 4/23/2015 – Personal Trainers Survey

A new study finds that the vast majority of people who have used a personal trainer are satisfied with the results.


A recent study conducted by to gauge consumer perceptions of personal fitness trainers has found that an overwhelming number of people are satisfied with their experience when they worked with a personal trainer.

The survey, conducted in the United States, targeted consumers that currently workout at least three times a week.

Key Takeaways:

  • 83% of people that have used a personal trainer were satisfied with the results.
  • Experience is the most important factor people consider when choosing a personal trainer, with 35% of respondents stating this was their most important consideration.
  • 61% of respondents believe that the average personal trainer does not have a college degree.
  • 45% of respondents believe that an average session with a personal trainer costs less than $30 per hour.
  • 41% of respondents believe that the average personal trainer earns less than $20 per hour.

Satisfied Customers

Of those surveyed, 56% of respondents who exercised three times or more per week stated that they had used the services of a personal trainer in the past.Of those that had used the services of a personal trainer as part of their workout regime, a whopping 83% were satisfied with the results, underlining the value that personal trainers bring to those looking to achieve their fitness goals.

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Of those respondents that had not used a personal trainer in the past, there was a clear understanding of the benefit of using a personal trainer as evidenced by the fact that 68% of respondents believed that working with a personal trainer would help them reach their fitness goals.

Personal Trainer Fees

The survey also looked at how much consumers expected to pay for a session with a personal trainer. 30% of respondents believed that an average session would cost between $15 – $20 per hour. 25% of those surveyed believed the cost was between $21 – $30 per hour and just 17% believing that that an average cost per session exceeded $40 per hour.

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On the other hand, when asked how much they believed personal trainers actually earn on an hour basis, 37% of respondents believed personal trainers earned between $11 – $20 per hour. 28% believed they earned between $21 – $30 an hour and $29% believed they earned more than $30 per hour.

Experience Matters

Consumers were asked what the most important factors they would consider when hiring a personal trainer. 35% of respondents said that the experience of the personal trainer was the most important factor followed by 27% of people saying that personality and likeability were most important. 26% of respondents cited cost as being the most important factor they would consider when choosing a trainer to work with.

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The study asked respondents what they thought was the education level of the average personal trainer. 61% of those surveyed believed that the average personal trainer has less than a college degree. 15% believed that the average education level was high school, while 46% believed that the average personal trainer had some college. 38% believed that the average personal trainer had obtained a college degree.

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The study was conducted in April of 2015 in order to understand how personal trainers are perceived in the marketplace by consumers who make fitness a part of their daily lives.You can view the entire survey by clicking on the graphic below:
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Author: Rob Miller

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Rob Miller founded over 7 years ago, and has been the chief editor ever since. He has a diploma in Advanced Dietary Supplements Advisor, and worked at GNC for 3 years. He KNOWS supplements, both inside and out. Rob currently resides in Jupiter, FL, with his wife of 4 years.  Learn more about him in his Bio here. Follow him on Twitter , Facebook, LinkedIn, or find him on Google +.