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How Much Should I Pay for a Personal Trainer?

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Hiring personal trainers in Singapore seem to be only part of a bourgeois lifestyle, with a cost ranging from SGD $70 to SGD $250 per session. In fact, personal trainers are essential in the fitness industry, providing a holistic fitness plan for all regardless of one’s demographic background.

It may not seem financially justifiable to pay such a huge sum for each training session, but after all, you get what you pay for. So the real question is, what factors determine the cost of hiring a personal trainer in Singapore?

1. Qualifications and Experience

The main deciding factor of the rate of a personal trainer should be the experiences and certifications the trainer has. It is also important that you invest in a personal trainer you are comfortable with. He/she should understand your fitness goals and help you set milestones along the way to achieve it. And of course, it will be more costly if he/she has better qualifications and longer years of experience.

High-end personal trainers in Singapore who are specialised in training celebrities and elite athletes can charge up to a whopping $200 an hour; whereas trainers who are new in the fitness industry typically set their rates approximately $60-80 an hour.

Did you know that you can easily attain a certification to become a personal trainer with some online courses within a day or two? This shows that it is really important to look into the other qualifications and experience of the trainer besides merely the PT certification alone. Having Sports Science background is definitely an added bonus for a personal trainer as the trainer would have in-depth knowledge into body anatomy and injury prevention, biomechanics, and proper periodization programming knowledge, in addition to merely coaching someone how to perform an exercise. At FITLUC, most of our trainers have years of education in Sports Science and Fitness coaching in addition to their PT certification, together with proven client records, so you are definitely in good hands!

2. Accuracy and Effectiveness in the Correction of your Form

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With the endless resources available on the Internet, you may think that training with workout videos is sufficient and comprehensive enough to kickstart your fitness journey. However, when you are pushing yourself hard (to burn calories quickly), it is definitely more assuring to have someone qualified looking out for you. A good personal trainer can help you correct your mistakes in form on the spot, and this is something you cannot address even as you try your best to follow workout videos diligently. This is one of the many benefits of having a qualified personal trainer, as doing an exercise incorrectly will result in serious injuries.

You might be surprised that some personal trainers might be great powerlifters or look real ripped, but they might not be the best at coaching someone in performing the exercises required to get them there, as having the knowledge and teaching are two fundamentally very different things altogether.

3. Additional Nutrition Advice to Complement your Training Programme

If gaining muscles and losing weight is as easy as following YouTube videos, then we can all embark on a career in Hollywood! Leading a healthy lifestyle is more than just working out. Aside from lifting weights and burning calories, it is important for you to have self-discipline in terms of your diet. A personal trainer should help you include the correct foods to your diet, together with the right combination of nutrients to provide enough energy when exercising. Therefore, you’re not only investing in a personal trainer just to watch you workout. The cost you pay includes credible nutrition advice to ensure that you maintain a balanced diet, which will complement your fitness plan perfectly.

4. Group Training vs. Buddy PT vs. 1-on-1 Personal Training

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Many times, people like to compare the personal training rates to group classes that they can sign up easily at commercial gyms, but very often, they neglect to see the fundamental difference in the two--- personalised training programme. For group training, you are following a fixed set of exercises meant to be a great workout for a generic group of people. For personal training, you are getting a tailored programme customised specifically based on your fitness level, your fitness goals, and your existing medical conditions. Your personal trainer will be able to adjust the programme to suit your pace, and you get undivided attention in correcting your form, to ensure that you are doing the exercise effectively. What's the point of working out, if you are unsure if you are doing it right or doing it effectively right?

If you are on a tight budget (or if you are intimidated to train alone), you can consider personal trainers in Singapore offering buddy training sessions instead. Even though you have to forgo some 1-to-1 attention, working out with someone you are comfortable with can be more enjoyable and motivating.

It is detrimental to practice self-medication when you are sick, because you are not equipped with the relevant knowledge to address the underlying problem. This is why you should consult a doctor who can prescribe the best treatment and appropriate medications for you. Just like how doctors know best, personal trainers are fitness experts we should turn to so that we can work towards our fitness goals while incorporating the safest and most effective workout routine. If you are unwell, you would pay a premium to consult a specialist for their expertise in the field right?

Nonetheless, the cost invested to lead a healthier lifestyle is not merely your trainer’s fees - it is also the amount of time spent exercising, when you could have been doing something else instead. As mentioned, you need to have self-discipline to dutifully follow your trainer’s advice too, if not all your hard work (and your trainer’s) will go to waste.

If you are still considering whether you should hire a personal trainer, check out our latest post about why having a personal trainer is beneficial. At the end of the day, the cost of not being physically active will be more significant than the amount you invest in to lead a healthy lifestyle!

At FITLUC, we strive to keep our prices affordable, yet not undermining the value that our personal trainers have. So what are you waiting for? Drop us a WhatsApp message at +65 8812 0110 or book a personal training trial with one of our dedicated trainers at only SGD $50 to explore if personal training is the best choice for you!

Just a heads-up, it will probably be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made.



Looking for a Personal Trainer in Singapore? Look no further! At FITLUC, we specialise in In-Person and Online Personal Training, and we also offer house-call PT with a small additional fee. We currently base our Personal Training clients at a well-equipped gym just a stone's throw away from Outram Park MRT.

We are recognized as one of the Top 12 Best PT in Singapore and were featured on Mothership, The Straits Times, YES 93.3FM, Yahoo News, etc. Our Personal Trainers have worked with clients aged 13 – 84, from Celebrities to CEOs, working professionals and homemakers, with goals ranging from fat loss, weight loss, muscle gain to athletic performance and elderly training. Our celebrity clientele includes Maxi Lim, Hazelle Teo, Tayying, Lee Teng, Ze Tong, Benjamin Tan, Royce Lee and more.

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