Personal Trainer Rates In The Singapore Fitness Industry

April 27, 2013

Image of personal trainer working with a client.As the popularity of personal training continues to rise unabated across the world, including here on our sunny isle of Singapore, the perennial question that never fails to arise in the minds of most consumers is: how much should I realistically expect to pay for such personal training services?

Though we – at Singapore Fitness Professionals Network – have tried to address this question in the past (please see one of our earlier blog posts: “Singapore Fitness Training Rates: What They Really Tell You About Your Fitness Provider”), we still get inundated with emails, queries and questions on the above topic – time and again.

So, in an attempt to “de-mystify” the mystery behind the rates and cost of hiring a personal trainer here in Singapore – once and for all – we will do our utmost here to provide you – the General Public and Fitness Consumer – with a comprehensive breakdown of what really goes into the pricing of a personal trainer here.

First of all, there are numerous factors that contribute to what and how a personal trainer charges.

These factors include:

  • Qualifications
  • Experience
  • Location Of Training
  • Time Of Training
  • Achievements (Titles/Awards/Accolades)
  • Demand/Availability
  • Specializations/Area Of Specialty
  • Media Exposure
  • Associations

We will look at each of these contributing factors in turn.

1) Personal Trainer Cost As A Function Of Qualification

Obviously, the MORE qualified and certified a trainer is, the HIGHER his/her rates. Hence, trainers with internationally recognized certifications, multiple qualifications and/or with solid educational backgrounds are definitely going to cost you much MORE than a trainer who has just a basic, entry-level fitness background.

2) Personal Trainer Cost As A Function Of Experience

Personal trainers who have clocked-in several years of coaching experience are also going to cost you much MORE than the novice or rookie trainer who is still finding his/her way around. Usually the LONGER that a personal trainer has been involved in the fitness industry, and the more experienced and established he/she is, the HIGHER his/her hourly charges.

3) Personal Trainer Cost As a Function Of Location

Whereas in the exact location that a personal training session takes place – will also play a large part in determining how much a personal trainer charges. A training session that is being held at a TRAINER’s own fitness facility will VARY greatly compared to that conducted at a CLIENT’S residence. It should be no surprise therefore that the cost will be much HIGHER if a trainer has to make private house calls or home visits.  Additionally, some trainers may also estimate the DISTANCE he/she may have to travel to the client’s destination, in combination with other factors like fuel cost, travel time, overall convenience, etc – to determine the FINAL cost which takes into account all the above-mentioned factors. On top of that, whether a training session is conducted INDOORS (think: shelter, comfort, privacy, air-con etc) as opposed to OUTDOORS (think: rain, sun, wind, public scrutiny etc) may also influence how much trainers charge for their services.

4) Personal Trainer Cost As A Function Of Timing

The TIME at which a personal training session takes place also determines the cost of the sessions concerned. Peak Hour slots – such as those in the early mornings and late evenings – are known to be charged at a HIGHER rate by some trainers, compared to “lull” periods in-between the rest of the day. Also, if sessions are to be held at Odd/Extreme Hours – such as late at nights (think: 10pm or later) or super early in the mornings (think: 6am or before), a premium rate will also be usually quoted.

5) Personal Trainer Cost As A Function Of Achievement (Titles/Awards/Accolades)

Personal trainers who have won titles, achievements, awards and accomplishments in the fields of physique/figure contests, sporting competitions and/or other fitness or sports-related areas will usually also cost MORE than one who has not attained any such credential or achievement. So, if one is trained by a former National Champion, or by a Multiple Award Winner, or by a trainer with a whole string of accolades – be prepared to pay a premium price for his/her services.

6) Personal Trainer Cost As A Function Of Demand & Availability

The more popular, in-demand and sought-after a trainer is, the MORE he/she is obviously going to cost. In Singapore, as in many parts of the developed world, it is not uncommon to hear of top-notch personal trainers who have clients on waiting lists for as long as 2-3 MONTHS! Such trainers – who are in HIGH demand, but with LIMITED time slots available – are going to cost much MORE than those trainers who are in low demand, and who have lots of spare time and plenty of free slots on hand!

7) Personal Trainer Cost As A Function Of Advanced Specialization

Personal trainers who have attained advanced specializations in fitness specialty fields like: special population training (eg. pre-post natal fitness, senior/older adults fitness etc), sports nutrition, corrective exercise etc, and/or other niche areas, are also going to cost MORE than the average, general-trained fitness practitioner. These personal trainers – by virtue of their higher learning, advanced training and specialized expertise – will charge significantly HIGHER rates than the average, run-of-the-mill trainer.

8) Personal Trainer Cost As A Function Of Media Exposure

Personal trainers who have been widely profiled and featured in the Mass Media – such as on News, on TV, on Radio, on the Internet, in fitness and heath magazines, and in other mass-circulated publications – will also cost MORE than the less-heard-of and less-seen-of trainer lurking in the background. By virtue of their ‘Celebrity Pop Status’, these trainers will command a HIGHER fee than the lesser known ones.

9) Personal Trainer Cost As A Function Of Association

Personal trainers who choose to work and associate with High Net Worth Individuals – including, but not limited to: TV & Sports Personalities, Celebrities, Dignitaries, Royalties, Socialites and other VVIP people; by virtue of their close association with these group of individuals – are also known to charge much HIGHER rates than the average trainer who works only with the common man-in-the-streets.


As one can see by now, there is a whole list of factors which inter-play and interact together to determine how much a personal trainer is going to price himself/herself, and how much – YOU – as the fitness consumer is expected to pay.

So, the next time if you come across a personal trainer charging $50/hour, and another charging $80/hour, and yet another whose going rate is perhaps $200/hour, don’t be overly surprised, shocked or confused.

Just bear in mind that the whole slew of factorsas mentioned above – are the ones responsible for this wide variance in personal training costs here in Singapore and across the rest of the world.

Singapore Fitness Training Rates: What They Really Tell You About Your Fitness Provider.

April 12, 2011

Image of a female fitness instructor 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:

Dear Josephine,

Typically, the disparities in pricing or rates in the Singapore Fitness Industry arise simply because of the differences and variations in fitness qualificationscredentials, 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!

Yours Sincerely,