This post was originally published on February 4, 2019 but has been updated to reflect rates for 2021.
“What’s the cost of a personal trainer?”
This is always a big question for new clients when they start thinking about personal training – and we get it. Cost is a big consideration and one that can often dictate which facility you work with and how frequently you’re able to book with your trainer.
As with anything health-related, the results you gain are never just one-and-done, so it’s important to ensure that you get what you’re looking for out of the process by developing a starting budget and planning for ongoing personal training, no matter who you decide to book with.
The biggest barrier that makes it challenging to answer the question of how much a personal trainer in Vancouver costs stems from the large number of variables and options that are available to you. That said, this post aims to provide you with an idea of some realistic price ranges that most people can expect to spend on personal training in Vancouver.
What is the cost of a personal trainer in Vancouver?
The average rate of a personal training session in Vancouver currently sits around $60 – $100 per session (plus tax). As with any service, this may increase or decrease depending on the qualifications of the trainer, the facility and the type of specialized training you may require.
How do personal training rates vary by service?
When working with a fitness coach, you generally have the option to do so in a one-on-one, two-on-one, or small group class setting. The cost for each service varies as follows:
Private Personal Training
In a private training program, your workouts are performed as one-on-one sessions between you and your trainer. They are often 60 minutes in length, though 30 and 90 minute sessions are sometimes available at certain studios. A typical personal training program is structured to include:
• A consultation
• An initial assessment
• Program building
• Ongoing training sessions
Typical price range per private session: $40 – $120 (plus tax)
Semi-Private Personal Training
The semi-private option generally runs the same as the basic personal training structure above, but adds a workout partner into your sessions.
This means that your workouts are performed as two-on-one sessions between you, your partner and your trainer, and this allows for a decreased cost per person.
Typical price range per semi-private session: $30 – $85 per person (plus tax)
Small Private Group Classes
Private group classes are usually structured a bit differently than the two detailed above. These classes generally include 3 – 6 clients to one trainer, making it less focused on each individual’s specific needs and more catered to creating a motivating atmosphere with a set workout.
Typical price range per private group class: $20 – $50 per person (plus tax)
What affects the cost of a personal trainer?
As you can see, the price ranges outlined above can vary widely, sometimes with a difference of $100 from the least to the most expensive option. Factors to consider when estimating your total cost for personal training include:
You can generally book 30, 60 or 90 minute sessions with a coach, at a frequency of anywhere from once a week to every day. Some clients find they get more benefit from more frequent sessions at shorter durations, while others may prefer longer sessions at a lower frequency. The right option for you is the one that works best for your budget and your schedule.
Facility Type and Trainer Background
Training at a community centre vs. at a highly specialized facility is going to largely contribute to the rate you pay for your sessions. Not only will the amenities differ between each location, the expertise of the coaches will likely vary as well. The higher the specialization, the more you can expect to pay.
You’ll likely find each pricing model based out of the following facilities:
Lower-end pricing: Local community centres
Moderate pricing: Lifestyle studios
Higher-end pricing: Exclusive training studios or high-end gyms
It’s common to see discounts offered for longer commitments to a program. Some facilities work with session packages to determine rates, while others work with step-wise discounts depending on either the frequency of your sessions or the duration of your commitment.
Prices for other service options
Most personal training programs can be supplemented with support services targeted towards weight loss, rehabilitation or lifestyle changes. For these options, you might expect to pay the following:
Nutritional support: $90 – $120 per session
Lifestyle coaching: $50 – $350 per session
Physiotherapy: $75 – $180 per session (variable from 30 to 60 minutes)
Registered massage therapy (RMT): $65 – $160 per session
Though the above rates are simply generalizations current to 2021, we hope this will help you get a better idea of personal training pricing in Vancouver and provide some insight as to what you can expect once you begin the research process.
If you’re looking to get started with a personal training program, we’re happy to help you get set up!