Renting a Space for Your Personal Training Business

If you’re ready to take your personal training business off the ground, it’s time to rent a space that’s perfect for training clients. This won’t happen overnight, so be sure to get through this checklist to make sure you’re on the right track to securing the perfect space.

Renting a space for your personal training business

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If you’re ready to take your personal training business off the ground, it’s time to rent a space that’s perfect for training clients. This won’t happen overnight, so be sure to get through this checklist to make sure you’re on the right track to securing the perfect space.

One of the biggest mistakes I see trainers make is waiting for the perfect situation before making the jump. The same way we tell our clients to take baby steps, we need to do the same thing. 

After years of training experience, I rented space from dance studios and rec centers before committing to a long lease. I still remember carrying my equipment in and out for every single session!  I was able to pay these locations by the hour to avoid having a massive overhead. This allowed me to save up my money and eventually get my ideal location. 

You don’t need to have the best of the best when it comes to equipment. You don’t need to have the biggest, fanciest space. You need to have love for the game and a crazy work ethic to keep taking those baby steps that will eventually lead to your dream location. 

 

Reach out to everyone! Don’t be shy! Just because a location is not advertising rental space, does not mean they will say no!

What will You Need?

To rent out the right space for your business, you’ll need clientele, a budget,  and an established brand.

  • Clientele

If you haven’t already, set the scene to attract the attention of potential clients. You won’t want to rent out a space until you’re already making some money in the business.

Start with people you know and trust and consider offering a first free session to hook new clientele. It’s always a good idea to start off working for bigger gyms and having mentors before jumping out on your own. 

Focus on customer experience to help spread the word, and consider where your clients live when choosing a training space.

  • A Budget

Every business needs a budget, personal training included. Calculate your costs and the maximum amount you’re able to pay for a training space. Know how many clients you’ll need to maintain your business, and try to keep your personal budget separate from the one at work.

  • Websites and Social Media Accounts

Nowadays, if your business isn’t online it is going to lose hundreds of potential customers. Set up your website and  social media accounts to show what you offer. If you’re tech-savvy you could also start your own website. Like with everything, it will not be perfect. But you have to start somewhere. 

  • An Established Brand

In conjunction with your social media, you’ll need to clarify your brand. This includes a clear and easily-remembered brand name, mission, and target audience. This will also help you choose the location and amenities of the personal training space you’re looking for.

  • What to Consider

Now that you’re ready to browse spaces, it’s time to figure out what kind of personal training space you’re looking for.

  • Price

Pricing is perhaps the most important factor when choosing your personal training space. It will vary a lot based on location and the type of studio.

Some gyms will allow you to rent out space by the hour, where others will do this by the week or month.  I strongly suggest finding a location that will allow you to pay by the hour if you are just getting started. Nothing worse than paying a ton of money, and not being able to get clients. 

If you’re looking at open spaces instead of gyms, you’ll need to account for the cost of equipment. If your business or the gym requires things like liability insurance from the state, you’ll also have to factor in these costs.

  • Square Footage

Do you plan to do group training classes or one-on-one sessions? Will your clients be doing cardio or focusing on weight-lifting? All of these things will impact the size of the space you need.

  • Equipment

There are hundreds of exercises you could teach as a personal trainer. The equipment varies greatly and will depend on your chosen training methods.

We recommend assuring that the space you rent has the main equipment you plan to use. Purchasing and transporting equipment otherwise – unless you’re renting out a private space long-term – can be very ineffective, expensive, and tiring.

Some gyms won’t let trainers use all of their equipment, so clarify this before signing a contract with a gym.

  • Location

If most of your brand’s followers live in the city center but you rent a space out in the suburbs, don’t be surprised when your clientele doesn’t follow you to your new training spot. Consider your clients – both current and future – when looking for potential training spaces.

 

How to Negotiate Price

As with all businesses, networking is key for personal trainers. If you can develop a relationship with the owner of the space, you’re likely to get breaks in pricing.

You could consider volunteering to teach a class for them in exchange for a discount or offering your personal training services to their members at a discount. This won’t work for all situations, but networking will always come in handy somehow.

 

IN SUMMARY

Renting a space for your personal training services is a vital step towards solidifying your business. Once you have established your brand, potential clientele, and personal training goals, you can start to find the right space by considering your budget, necessary equipment, space sizing, and location. With a little negotiation and networking, you’re sure to find the space that meets your needs and helps progress your business goals.

If you are looking to rent space for your fitness business in the Williamsburg, VA area send me an email or text! My studio, Results Performance Training, might be the perfect fit! 

If you are a trainer looking to make a career out fitness but don’t know where to start, set up a FREE consultation with me to Learn more about my coaching services. TEXT 757 589 7028 or email [email protected] 

 
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Cool, Calm, & Chaotic: It’s not that Serious

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  • Advice for personal trainers looking to make a career out of fitness
    Music, Food, football, Life in VA + more
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Success without the filter: 5 ways social media lies to new trainers

Success without the filter: 5 Ways Social Media Lies to new trainers Signup For Newsletter Name: Email: We respect your email privacy Endless perfectly posed snapshots, smiling guarantees of skyrocketing sales, shocking client transformations… when you’re scrolling your feed, it’s easy to believe training is simply getting paid to do fancy workouts.   That shiny … Continue reading “Success without the filter: 5 ways social media lies to new trainers”

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Endless perfectly posed snapshots, smiling guarantees of skyrocketing sales, shocking client transformations… when you’re scrolling your feed, it’s easy to believe training is simply getting paid to do fancy workouts.
 

That shiny vision is every bit as filtered as the photos.

 

Too many great trainers give up on their career way too early, disheartened by unrealistic expectations and feelings of failure. Online business coaches claim you can make huge sales your first month in the game; they’re just selling something. Nobody goes viral talking about the grind.

 

You become a great trainer on the job. So what if you passed an exam for a cert? That just means you know some basics. There is no replacement for hours on the gym floor.  Don’t expect to be handed a full client roster without the confidence and hard-earned skills you win through years of consistent action.

 

 

Being a trainer is a rewarding but complex career. It isn’t always glamorous. Social media is necessary for the modern fitness professional, but you can be smart about it and protect your passion from burnout. You need to understand these 5 problems before scrolling:

 

 

 

1. The comparison trap.


Social media inherently generates comparison… but it’s not reality.


Carefully composed pics leave both trainers and clients comparing their natural bodies to flexed physiques in perfect conditions. Fitness is about more than aesthetics, and you don’t need to look like a seasoned bodybuilder or a fitness model to be a successful trainer.


Keep in mind that many of your idols have been at this for years. They had to start from zero, too. Your year 1 is not comparable to someone else’s year 20…or 10, or even 5… whether you’re looking at business or performance.



2. Fitness models and influencers aren’t trainers.


If you want to be a content creator or a fitness model, those are valid career paths… and entirely different from being a trainer.  Content creation is an advertising gig. It looks good- but has nothing to do with the deep understanding of programming and personal interaction that marks a great coach.


Training involves a unique combination of skills: understanding many styles of workouts and different types of bodies, as well as sales and business.  You need the knowledge and flexibility to adjust for circumstances and goals completely different from your own.


The focus is on serving your clients, not yourself. You can watch a hundred viral workout videos, but the real gold comes from talking to experienced trainers. That’s where you’ll find insight on how to relate to a difficult client or adjust an exercise for someone with a disability.



3. Social media is only a highlight reel.


Camera-worthy content hides the daily reality of training. It’s not pretty, so failure gets completely ignored on social platforms.


Tiktok won’t show the exhausting days of hustling to fill your schedule, rushing to squeeze in your own workouts or clients who suddenly quit. Coaches post promises of constant income when in reality, for every client you book, you’ll lose count of how many times you hear “no”… or get ignored.


No post can teach you to navigate those situations. You just can’t skip the “suck phase”. You know that part- when it feels like you don’t know what the heck you’re doing. You have clients you don’t know how to program for, half your consultations no-shows, sales are mediocre, client retention is patchy at best, and you have no idea if you’re building real rapport.


This is 100% normal. It pushes you to expand and grow. But first… you gotta buckle up and accept the suck. This is what separates trainers who are truly willing to learn the trade. Turn every mistake into a lesson, and failure will become your greatest asset.




4. Social media pushes chasing views instead of clients.


Followers are not a measure of success as a trainer. We’re conditioned to reach for that dopamine hit with every like, but don’t let your IG popularity distract you from gaining valuable experience on the floor.


Watch out for circus trick workouts and fad diets. New and unusual content gets attention- that doesn’t mean it’s useful. Stick with tried-and-true methods based on science. Do real research before adopting a new technique.




5. Training is about more than a “before and after” photo.


Fitness is a lifestyle, not just a 6-week bikini body crash program. Meaningful progress is often slow. Few clients are going to have perfect adherence to a plan, especially if they’re new to fitness. It’s part of your job to set realistic expectations. Social media can only show visual results, so other forms of progress are often underrepresented. Movement quality, increased performance, decreased chronic pain, improved posture, and the list goes on… Explore different kinds of progress, both for yourself and for clients.


Building a business takes as much time and practice as building muscle. Don’t expect to go from 0 to 10 clients overnight.

 
 

So what does success for a new trainer actually look like?

You don’t tell a beginner client they’ll be deadlifting two times their body weight in no time. You focus on small increases every week. Do the same with your progress.

Track these markers over time:

  • Increased sales and higher percentage of sales conversion
  • Increased client retention
  • Happier client feedback
  • Feeling more confidence when prospecting, selling, and training
  • More effective programming, communication, and training style

Any measurable improvement in these areas demonstrates you’re on the right track!


Are there any positives to using social media?

Even if the most important aspects of training happen offline, social platform presence is crucial for a modern entrepreneur. Use it to your advantage with these tips:

  • Since so many people use social apps every day, regular posts are a great way to inspire people and remind them to stay on track.
  • Your platform is a tool to spread informative content rooted in facts instead of fads. Show your audience you’re knowledgeable and reliable, not just after likes.
  • You get to create authentic content that represents your values as a trainer and provides a hub for current and prospective clients.

Ultimately, social media is just a virtual tool. It can never capture the intensity of working hands-on with clients every day. Every moment that feels the exact opposite of Instagram-worthy is a stepping stone to success. Embrace unfiltered reality and milk each lesson for every drop of knowledge it contains. That’s the mark of a smart trainer playing to win the long game.


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Detric Smith’s Weekly Wrap Up

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 What Am I Reading

 

 

 

Diets Don’t Work: Why Restrictive Eating Plans Fail And What Can You Do Instead – Tony Gentilcore

 

 

 

Fitness Culture And The Internet: The Absolute Worst Combination For Good Mental Health – Lee Boyce

 

 

 

 

Respect Your Season Of Life – Ace Fitness

 


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How To Be A Featured Fitness Writer

Writing about fitness and writing this well is a great way to reach new audiences, solidify your knowledge, get more personal training clients, earn more money, and be seen as a person who can be trusted. But none of this happens overnight. Much like your own training, you have to put in the reps.

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The best way to get better at writing is to write more. Sometimes it is easy to overlook the obvious. But the best way to get your writing featured on well-known health and fitness websites, that’s a little less obvious.

Writing about fitness is a great way to reach new audiences, solidify your knowledge, get more personal training clients, earn more money, and be seen as a person who can be trusted. But none of this happens overnight. Much like your own training, you have to put in the reps.

Before we go any further let me get this out of the way. This isn’t going to be about the Xs and O’S on the skill of fitness writing. I’m assuming you know how to put together a few coherent sentences and your knowledge of the human body and coaching is up to snuff.

But this article will show you how and why writing about fitness helps your training career. Plus, I will share all the tips and advice I’ve picked up through my 20 years of training clients and writing for websites.

 

Let’s dive in. 

Before we go any further let me get this out of the way. This isn’t going to be about the Xs and O’S on the skill of fitness writing. I’m assuming you know how to put together a few coherent sentences and your knowledge of the human body and coaching is up to snuff.

But this article will show you how and why writing about fitness helps your training career. Plus, I will share all the tips and advice I’ve picked up through my 20 years of training clients and writing for websites

Let’s dive in. 

 

Where I’ve Been Featured

 

Okay, this is the part where I brag a little.  But this isn’t to show off but to prove to you I’ve put in the reps. Here are a couple of major publications I have written for.

 

  • Breaking Muscle
  • Stack
  • Bodybuilding.com
  • Elite FTS
  • Tony Gentilcore
  • NCSA

Not only have I written but major fitness sites such as Men’s Health and Men’s Journal interviewed me for my expertise. Plus, I regularly publish content for trainers over on my site detricsmith.com. Okay bragging over.

How Writing Helps Your Career

It’s pretty exciting to see your name in the by-line and it never gets old. There is a personal sense of satisfaction that people will read your work and get something out of it. Here are five other ways writing will help your career. 

Builds your reputation- this doesn’t happen overnight, but when people see you produce good work, you’ll develop a name for yourself in the industry.

Solidifies your knowledge-  I’ve attended dozens of conferences, tons of continuing education credits, and read hundreds of books. The best way to condense all this knowledge I’ve accumulated over 20 years is to write about it. Once it’s down on paper I can always refer back to it if need be. 

Positions you as an expert- Growing up reading fitness magazines, I used to hang on to every word and took this training advice as gospel. When someone reads your work, they may feel the same way too.  

Can add another income stream- if you are lucky enough to get compensated for your writing, it can add another income stream. Do not expect to get paid for your first few writing jobs. Have patience, put in the work, and focus on getting your work out there. 

 

Helps you get clients- when you can point potential clients to your written work or someone comes across your writing, they’re more likely to hire you than not. You want to be top of mind when they are ready to buy. 

6 Writing Tips To Help You Get Featured

Assuming you’ve read this far, and you are in it for the long haul, here I’ll outline a few tips and tricks that have helped me along the way. Again, this isn’t an x’s and o’s on writing. There are other people for that. It is my hope you take this advice and apply it to your own writing so you can also get featured on fitness websites

Hire A Coach

4 years ago, when this writing thing became serious, I hired Nick Tumminello to take me to the next level.  Nick explained to me that my writing was negative. My tone was one of writing down to people. There were no takeaways, and I was leaving the reader unfulfilled. This changed after I hired Nick. He also explained how to network my work to reach my ideal audience.   

Find Your Voice

There are tons of great fitness writers who may seem smarter and more qualified than you. But you have one thing over them. Your voice and your experience.  None of these writers have your voice, your perspective, and your set of experiences. 

If you’re struggling to find your own voice, take notes on writers who resonate with you. I bet they are authentic and tell a story with their writing. Think about how you can weave your perspective and experiences into your writing so the reader connects with you! 

 Write For Free

If you want to get featured and nobody knows who you are, then it is up to you to start making a name for yourself. And that starts with writing for free to display your talents. A good place to start is HARO where journalists are looking for people to contribute to stories. There you will get a feel for what magazines want and you’ll learn the art of writing and pitching your article ideas.

Read More

Read everything you can get your hands on. The act of reading is like osmosis for your brain. You will pick up vocab, style, ideas to write about and increase your knowledge. If you want to be a better writer, it starts with being a better reader.

Develop Relationships

When you read something that resonates with you,  reach out to the author or leave a comment on their page. Social media is an easy way to develop online relationships with other coaches and writers. When you develop a relationship, it will be much easier to ask them questions or  they might allow you to write a guest post. This is a great way to get your name out there.

Seek Editorial Opinion

You have to be a big boy or girl and let other people read your work. When you’re too close to your work, you don’t see your opinions rubbing people the wrong way. It’s also a great idea to have someone review your work for grammatical errors. Either way, it helps to have a second pair of eyes on your work. If you have developed relationships with your fellow coaches(point above), this will only make your work better.

Wrapping Up

 

Adding another string to your coaching bow with the written word will help you get clients, earn the respect and admiration of your fellow professionals, and add money to your wallet. Plus You’ll always enjoy the feeling of seeing your name up in lights. 


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