Live and train in Lafayette, La for a year now when I first started here they had no real training program in place and they had some under the table guys that were being told $25 per hour was too much.
Its been about a year now building the program and my trainers charge $30, $40 and $50 per hour and get good enough results for there clients that all of my full timers are too full to take any more clients at the time. I charge $65 an hour and rarely take new clients.
Life is good after you build a great program built around education, experience and results.
Depends on demographic of city and how large the city is. When I was working at a gym for a city ~5,000+ people my boss was charging $33 and hour while I got paid $20 for that hour. It was basic people looking for help in training. Nothing that was elite athletes seeking trainers.
Good Point. I currently live/train in a kinda crummy area in Queens. Obviously I could get much more per hour if I were to drive the 20-30 minutes to Long Island for clients, but the convenience of walking to a gym a block and a half away, and not having to kick the gym owners any percentage (and getting paid in cash) is huge. Additionally, as my real 9-5 jobs pays the bills, any training, contest prep, and online coaching are gravy. That said, $75 per session or package deals (usually $250 for 4 sessions/week) suits me quite comfortably.
How long did it take you to find space and equip your gym? That is the route I'm looking at going.
I, too, am in Germany, and yes, it would behoove(sp?) you to contact Cephalic_C. I'm going to be working here, as well. I wouldn't be concerned about Poliquin and folks of his caliber, as they've been at this for YEARS. You won't command their numbers anytime soon. On the economy, I'm looking at charging 20-25 Euros an hour, and most of my pay will be based upon what my clients can pay.
Normal rates here in London are £50 - £60 an hour, think thats about 70-80 euros, not sure of the current exchange rates. I personally charge £30 per hour to train people in the park though as you dont have the ground rent issue.