In-home Personal Training – How to Work for Yourself!

Have you been getting sick and tired of working for a commercial gym?

Are you feeling that you are not living up to your potential as a personal trainer in addition to not getting paid enough for the services that you provide?

If this is the case, then the answer might be to switch over to in-home personal training! In this article, you’ll learn everything you need to know to get started.

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In home Personal Training

This can either be done in your own home or your clients home. The only necessities are that you have enough space to train, the proper equipment to give your clients a great workout, and some liability insurance for yourself.

You can make a lot more money by working for yourself because you do not need to split the money between the gym and their facility as well as the salesperson (in most cases). Let’s go over the three necessities to get started with in-home sessions.

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The essential equipment you will need

One of the most significant benefits of working for a commercial gym such as 24-hour fitness is that they provide lots of different high-end equipment that you have at your disposal.

Although it is great to have all this equipment during your sessions, it is not completely necessary depending on what type of training you are doing with your clients. In reality, all of the basic exercises can easily be performed using just a few pieces of equipment.

There are hundreds upon hundreds of different exercises you can do using these essential pieces of equipment. Let’s talk about these crucial pieces of equipment!

  1. Probably the most important thing you will need is dumbbells. Depending on what type of clients you are training you will need dumbbells that weigh different amounts. I suggest starting out with dumbbells ranging from 5 pounds to 30 pounds. That will be enough way for the majority of your clients unless you are working with athletes that need to do power training.
  2. The next piece of equipment is barbells or body bars. I suggest you get barbells ranging between 10 pounds and 40 pounds.
  3. I like to use resistance bands a lot in my exercise programs. Color usually arranges the difficulty of bands. I think Green is the easiest and black is the hardest band.
  4. Some platform that you can increase and decrease in height.
  5. You should have a variety of kettlebells ranging between five and 25 pounds.
  6. Bosu balls are a great piece of equipment to incorporate stability training.
  7. Stability balls can be used for hundreds of different exercises
  8. Make sure that you have some sort of padded mat for their variety of varying ground exercises.

Just by using these pieces of equipment that I’ve listed above, you can do hundreds of different exercises. You can incorporate resistance training as well as stability training for complete functional exercise routines.

If you are working with athletes or people that do any heavy weightlifting, then this will not be sufficient. But if you are focusing mostly on functional weightlifting and corrective exercise, you can get quite far with the weight ranges listed above.

The best part about all of this equipment is that it does not take up too much space. You could easily pack all of this equipment inside the trunk of your car.

You can be a very mobile personal trainer by being able to work out at your house, at your client’s house or anywhere outside if the weather permits it!


The essential space you will need

If you are doing the majority of your personal training sessions in your own home, you will need to make sure that you create enough space so that your client feels comfortable. I typically recommend having an area no smaller than 10′ x 10′. Preferably it would be more like 15 feet or 20 feet on each wall.

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This is so that you will have enough space for side to side movements without having to think about space constraints. Functional training requires much more space than basic weightlifting exercises.

If you are doing your exercises outside, then you should have no problem with space constraints at all, and you get to enjoy the sun at the same time!

Liability insurance is necessary

Most people never think twice about liability insurance especially when they are working for someone else such as a commercial gymnasium. In these situations, the gym pays for the liability insurance for all of the trainers that they employ.

If you are trying to break away to work for yourself, then purchasing your liability insurance is extremely necessary. If you do not have liability insurance, there’s a chance that you could have a lawsuit on your hands in the case that one of your clients gets injured.

Personal training contracts do not always protect you! This can quickly ruin a private training business with just one injury! Personal training insurance will make sure that you do not go bankrupt in the instance that you have a lawsuit filed against you.

There are dozens of different types of insurance agency as you could purchase liability insurance through. The first place I would check is the certifying agency that you have you received your certification from.

Large names such as NASM and ACE offer personal trainer insurance for an additional cost. Plenty of other general certifications like the two listed above offer and insurance as well. There are other cheaper options out there as well.

For approximately $150 every year you can get covered for $1 million in damages (medical bills). This is the minimum coverage that I would recommend you get. Check out my full article on personal training insurance.

Conclusion on in-home personal training

Well, that was my article! I hope you guys all enjoyed reading it and learned some valuable information from it. These are the basics that you will need to branch off on your own and work for yourself!

You can make at least three times as much money compared to working for a commercial gym! I am sure that is one of the reasons you became a personal trainer, to have flexible hours and make plenty of money to live on.

The hardest part about working for your self is getting enough clients. I suggest you check out my article on how to sell personal training. You need to work on your sales skills and networking abilities As well as other personality traits that will let you become a successful trainer.

But if you have been working in the industry for a while, this should be no trouble for you.

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