Ever since we included a “Search By Rates” function at our website, we have received a number of emails from members of the Singapore Public, who wanted to know more about the differences and varieties in rates for fitness services in Singapore.
Below herewith is a typical email received from a certain Josephine T.
” Can you please explain why the rates for fitness services vary so greatly here in Singapore? For instance, your site lists trainers who charge more than $100/h for their fitness services, and at the same time also lists others who charge only $30-40/h? Why such great discrepancy? Does it mean the more expensive the trainers are, the better they are??? And also, what does it mean for those (like myself) who can’t afford the most expensive trainer? Would appreciate a response from you guys, asap. Thanks.
Like many fitness consumers out there, Josephine has every right to be concerned about the great discrepancies in fitness rates here in Singapore.
In fact, this phenomenon is not just limited to popular services like One-To-One Personal Fitness Training, but also seen generally across the board – in other common private or personal services such as Pilates, Yoga, Aerobics, Aqua Fitness etc.
Well, our fitness blog post for today will focus on answering Josephine’s queries, and hopefully at the same time, clarify the doubts of many others out there who may harbour similar questions in mind:
Typically, the disparities in pricing or rates in the Singapore Fitness Industry arise simply because of the differences and variations in fitness qualifications, credentials, level of experience, popularity and demand factors amongst trainers and instructors.
Generally, trainers who are MORE qualified, MORE experienced, MORE popular and HIGH in demand would charge HIGHER rates than those who are not.
Incidentally, all trainers – when deciding on their own individual rates or pricing – would take into account the above factors when deciding what best to charge their clients.
Thus, in a way, you can say that the pricing is also a reflection of what the trainers’ think of themselves in terms of their absolute worth to their clients.
Having said that, it is NOT necessarily true that the more expensive a trainer or coach is, the better he/she may be.
There are so many factors and variables in play – including individual personality traits and differences in communication styles etc – that it is virtually impossible just to use the above factors to decide how good a trainer is.
For example, there could be some rookie trainers out there – who may charge comparatively low rates due to their inexperience – but are nevertheless pretty good and solid trainers themselves who have lots of promise and potential.
However, if you really need a general yardstick, and want to be safe and sure, then yes, by all means, you can assume that the more COSTLY a trainer is, the more VALUE you are going to get from him/her.
We understand that not everyone can afford the most expensive trainer, so our suggestion to you is to look at your OWN budget, and then decide what you can AFFORD.
Your aim should be to hire a trainer/instructor whose rates correspond to the UPPER ends of your financial budget. For example, if the maximum you would pay for a trainer is $80/h, then by all means find one that charges $80/h or something close to it.
In other words, hire the BEST that you can afford.
As long as you remember the universal rule: You Always Get What You Pay For – and willing to accept the implications and consequences of it – you should be fine.
All the BEST!