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Personal Training in Winnipeg: The Definitive Guide

If you’re looking for personal training in Winnipeg, we can help! This guide is designed to give you all the resources you need to choose the right personal trainer.

We want to help you make an informed decision so you can maximize the return on your investment in health. And we don’t want you to waste your time. We know you’re busy, but you’re making time to prioritize your health. So it’s important that you get results.

Below, we’ll explain a little bit of about personal training, including how often you need to see a trainer to get results. We’ll also give you an idea on rates and help you understand how to tell good personal trainers from bad ones in Winnipeg.

A blond coach in a grey sweater high-fives a Winnipeg personal training client as she runs by the gym on a spring day.

 

What Is Personal Training and Who Needs It?

Personal Training: The Details

Personal training is the gym equivalent of the private golf, guitar or dance lesson. Except the goal is nothing less than improving your health, fitness and overall well-being.

Clients work one on one with a qualified fitness coach who evaluates a client’s goals, training history, current fitness level, time, motivation and commitment to create a customized plan that will measurably improve health. 

Good personal trainers are experts at teaching movement. But they also have to understand how the body responds to exercise in the short and long term. A great training plan is designed to give the client what he or she needs each day. Each session is also a rung in a ladder that reaches toward long-term goals. These goals often include weight loss, fat loss, strength gains, improvements in conditioning, cardiovascular health, improved mood and energy levels, and so on. 

Trainers are not equipped to diagnose and treat medical conditions, but your medical professional will confirm that general fitness has dramatic effects on all aspects of health. Fitness can both prevent and improve disease conditions, and good trainers work on the instructions of medical professionals to help people become fitter. If a doctor says, “You need to lose weight, build strength and  improve cardiovascular fitness. There are no restrictions on how you do this,” a personal trainer is your best option. 

For apparently healthy individuals, fitness training is one of the best ways to preserve and even improve health. 

Session Length and Locations

Personal training sessions can be any length of time that works for the client. One hour is very common locally. Some places also offer 30-minute personal training in Winnipeg.

As the client, you can request any time frame that works for you, and the rate will reflect the length of the session. In general, one hour offers ample time to warm up, perform the day’s strength and conditioning work, and stretch and cool down. But if you don’t have an hour, request a 30-minute session. Thirty-minute sessions are usually more than half the price of the 60-minute sessions because the trainer still has to create a short- and long-term plan.

Personal training can happen anywhere. Some clients book personal trainers to come to their homes or another location. The rate for this customized premium service is usually higher because the trainer must travel to the client. Personal trainers who visit clients are limited to the equipment they can bring or the equipment the client has. The main benefits of having a trainer come to you: convenience and privacy.

Other personal trainers in Winnipeg operate independently out of spaces owned by other people. Or they’re employees of a gym. The main benefits of personal training in a Winnipeg gym: Dedicated fitness facilities have lots of space and equipment, so the program has no limitations.

 

A blond coach instructs a Winnipeg personal training client on the correct technique to perform a pull-up or chin-up.

Who Needs Personal Training?

There are three main ways to get fit: Working out by yourself, working out in a coached group or working out with a personal trainer.

At CrossFit 204, we offer group and personal sessions. Many Winnipeg gyms sell access to their facilities, but you are on your own. Your membership fee offers you access to the facility but no planning or coaching. Too many people are lost in the gym and lose motivation because they’re confused. And no one is holding them accountable. We believe coached fitness, in a group or one on one, is the quickest path to health.

You’re ideally suited for personal training if you have specific goals and want to work with an expert to accomplish them fast. If you’re the type of person who will research a topic, develop your own plan and implement it, you’re better off working out by yourself. Would you rather learn to fix your car or pay an expert to do it quickly?

Ideal personal training clients also enjoy direct interaction with a coach. Some people really enjoy group fitness, and we offer many classes each day. But other people thrive in one-on-one situations in which an expert gives you his or her undivided attention. This personal attention means the program is absolutely customized to the client, which usually produces that fastest results.

Some clients also worry about whether they’re doing things properly. A personal trainer is ideal in this situation. People who have injury concerns thrive under the watchful eye of skilled coach who helps them move with confidence.

And age doesn’t matter! We have personal training clients from 16 to 80 in our gym! 

What Can a Personal Trainer Help With?

More than anything else, a personal trainer offers flexibility in scheduling and accountability through a one-on-one relationship.

Yes, a trainer will create a personalized plan for you. But your trainer should also get to know you so he or she can motivate you. That means the trainer will kindly encourage you if that’s what you like. Or the trainer will push you with energy if you prefer. It’s up to him or her to figure out exactly what you need to find success.

Beyond that, a trainer can help with a number of physical elements. Fitness has amazing effects on the body. Qualified personal trainers in Winnipeg can help clients:

  • Improve strength.
  • Lose weight or fat.
  • Tone and change body composition.
  • Learn new and increasingly complicated skills.
  • Improve sports performance.
  • Work around injuries.
  • Rehabilitate injuries according to instructions from a care provider.
  • Prevent injuries through proper technique and sound training principles.
  • Avoid overtraining by determining exactly how much training is needed.
  • Complete vacation fitness plans and “homework.”
  • Build confidence and self-esteem.
  • Improve mood and sleep.
  • Burn off stress.
  • Improve energy levels and vitality.

A graphic showing average rates for personal training in Winnipeg as $50 to $70.

Rates for Personal Training in Winnipeg

In our survey, we found a wide variety of rates for Winnipeg personal trainers. 

In general, Winnipeg trainers charge $50-$70 per hour. You can find some rates lower than that, and some higher, though most of the lower rates are tied to purchases of five, 10, 15 or 20 sessions. A broad survey on Lessons.com confirms these numbers more or less reflect national rates. The article lists low-end rates at around $35, average rates around $55 and high-end rates around $120.

In Winnipeg, volume discounts are very common, with single-session rates often reduced by $3-$5 for each increment. For example, you might see rates of $65 for one session and $60 for five. This is because initial assessments, planning and relationship building take time, and the trainer can work much faster in preparing a plan once he or she knows a client very well. 

It’s worth mentioning that some facilities require purchase of a membership, with personal training services added on top of that. 

As mentioned above, rates for 30-minute sessions are usually more than half the price of rates for 60-minute sessions. 

At CrossFit 204, we have a decade of experience, a large facility full of modern equipment, specialty knowledge in diverse areas, body composition equipment, and nutrition and therapy services. We charge $84 for one to four sessions, $73.50 for five sessions and $630 for 10 or more sessions. Click here to read more about our personal training services.

Personal and Group Training Packages

Of course, personal attention comes at a cost, so personal training clients have to be willing to pay the trainer’s fees (see below). The good news: Rates for personal training in Winnipeg are variable, and the investment is worth it when you consider the value of improvements in health, fitness and self-confidence.

If cost is an issue, facilities like CrossFit 204 also offer “hybrid packages” in which the client joins group classes but also adds in a few personal-training sessions once in a while. This blend is economical and still ensures the client gets personal attention.

Factors Affecting Rates for Personal Training in Winnipeg

  • Skill of trainer and ability to produce desired results.
  • Availability of trainer (trainers who get great results are in high demand).
  • Size of facility, equipment, amenities.
  • Relationship with gym owner (owners set staff rates; independent trainers set their own rates).
  • Location/travel time for trainer. 
  • Accountability and homework.
  • Complexity of client’s needs.
  • Experience and credentials of the trainers.
  • Volume discounts.
  • Additional services, such as extra workouts, vacation plans, assessments, etc.

We encourage you to evaluate all factors when choosing a trainer. Cheaper is not better. The most important thing of all is this: You must get results. If you do, you are working with one of the better personal trainers in Winnipeg. After selecting a trainer, review your progress regularly. If you are not getting results, select another local trainer.

A senior does strength training with a dumbbell at CrossFit 204 in Winnipeg.

How Valuable Is Personal Training?

Some people compare rates for personal training in Winnipeg to rates for gym memberships. They are not the same thing.

Gym memberships are very inexpensive in most cases. Rates of $20-$50 are common. But you are essentially paying a rental fee for the gym’s equipment. That’s fine if you know what you’re doing. But not if you don’t get results.

For example, a skilled craftsman could rent a tool from a hardware store and do the work himself. Some of us could rent the tool and spend a lot of time learning how to use it—perhaps succeeding and maybe failing. Or you can pay an expert to use the tool and get the job done quickly.

Same deal in the gym. Comparing personal training rates to gym rates is an apples/oranges comparison.

How to Determine the Value of Personal Training in Winnipeg

To determine the value of personal training, try to put a dollar figure on your goals. With health and fitness, it’s very hard to do so because the goals are so incredibly valuable.

What is your health worth?

How much would you pay for self-confidence?

What’s it worth to fit that special dress or pair of pants?

What would you pay to wear a swimsuit without fear?

How much value would personal training have if it allowed you to avoid injury?Perform better at your job? Win a race? Pick up your child? Help an elderly parent stand up?

Obviously, all of these things are priceless. But you have a budget, and you need to manage your money. We encourage you to look into your budget and see if low-value pursuits are taking up space. If you spend $100 a week on alcohol, for example, you might be able to make an adjustment to prioritize your health with personal training. 

More than anything else, the value of personal training is determined by two things:

1. How badly do you want to accomplish your goals?

2. Is your personal trainer helping you accomplish your goals?

How to Select a Personal Trainer in Winnipeg

Many people will tell you to look at a personal trainer’s credentials when making your selection. 

We believe this is incorrect.

Here’s why: Most fitness certifications involve written tests involving questions on physiology and exercise technique. These aspects are important, but filling out a test and teaching a client to move better are two very different things. 

Similarly, no test can determine if a trainer is an empathetic, caring motivator who can keep a client on track. No test results rate a trainer’s demeanour and professionalism. No certifying body actually sees if trainers are getting results for clients after the trainer earns a credential.

We believe all trainers should have proper credentials and insurance. (All of ours do.) We also believe that all trainers should actively pursue continuing education whether their credentials require it or not. 

But we do not believe any single credential indicates quality. We have met great trainers with many credentials and great trainers with one credential.

Here’s the gold standard for evaluating personal trainers with any legitimate credential: Are his or her clients getting measurable results? And are they smiling regularly because they’re having fun?

You are the evaluator. You must demand results from a friendly, inspiring trainer, and he or she must provide them. 

Overall, you should work with the trainer who motivates you and helps you cross goals off your list.

A blond coach with a pony tail adjusts the elbow position of a personal training client before a barbell press.

Other Factors to Consider When Evaluating Winnipeg Trainers

Does the trainer ask about your goals and history?

This is critical. No one can make a personalized plan for you without finding out what you want to accomplish and what you’ve done in the past. 

Does the trainer offer free consultations?

You should be able to meet your trainer and talk about your goals. He or she should answer any questions and provide recommendations for success. You can book a free consultation with one of our trainers here.

Is your trainer a professional?

Is the trainer sloppy and unprepared or completely ready to lead you through a well-planned program?

Can your trainer explain why the plan is perfect for you?

The worst personal trainers apply one plan to everyone. The best create customized plans. If your plan looks exactly like everyone else’s plan, ask your trainer why. And if a trainer can’t explain exactly why your plan is ideal for your specific goals, find another trainer.

Will your trainer change the plan? How often?

No training plan works forever. The best programs are constantly adjusted to bring clients closer to goals. That doesn’t mean you don’t repeat workouts or movements. It just means you don’t do the exact same thing over and over. Lazy trainers have clients do the same thing for months. Good ones will make constant adjustments to movements, sets, reps, loads, rest intervals and so on.

Can your trainer guide you to nutrition services?

Personal trainers are not nutritionists or dietitians. But good trainers understand that food is critical to health and fitness. The best trainers either have the credentials to help you address your diet or can recommend a service to help you. We employ a dietitian and several nutritionists to ensure our training clients have access to nutrition help, either as part of a package or in addition to personal training. Working out is only half the battle. So we’ve invested to make sure qualified people can advise you on diet. The fastest progress comes when people combine appropriate physical training with ideal nutrition. 

Will your trainer show you that the program is working?

He or she must keep records and be able to document your progress. You should expect regular progress reports and check-ins to make sure you’re moving toward your goals. 

Does your trainer know how to help you accomplish your goal?

This is where credentials and experience come in. A trainer must know about the aspects of fitness that will help you. For example, a gymnastics specialist would not be ideal if you are training for a marathon. And a marathon coach might not be ideal for strength training. Your trainer must have knowledge that will help you. When you tell your trainer your goals, ask why he or she is qualified to help you reach them.

A large group of happy people from 18 to 70 jump with their arms overhead in a CrossFit gym.

Take a Positive Step Today!

If you’ve found this guide, you’re looking for personal training in Winnipeg. That’s wonderful!

You’re about to take a great step toward improved health and fitness. We know this can be challenging, and sometimes motivation fades because fitness seems confusing. We hope this guide helps you figure out how to find the right person to work with.

If you have any questions at all, we’re here for you. Click the button below to meet with one of our coaches for a free 15-minute consultation. No sales, no pressure. Just help. 

We’ll ask about your goals and history, and then we’ll give you a plan. And we’ll tell you if we’re a good fit for you. If we aren’t we’ll point you in the right direction. 

If you feel at all confused, talk to us. We want you to start getting fit today, and we’ll do anything we can to help.

Fitness doesn’t have to be confusing. All you need is a goal. It’s up to a qualified trainer to tell you how to get there.

So what’s your goal?

 

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