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Starting a Personal Training Business Part 1.1: In Home Personal Training

Starting an In Home Personal Training Business

Starting your own business can be very rewarding but you can face many challenges.  Today, I will go into more detail about how to create your own in home personal training business.  When you hear the words “in home” what do you think of?  Is it training clients in your home or in their home?  Well it could be both and both options work great as long as your setup for it.  The best thing about in home training is its low cost and that you don’t need much equipment.  With that said, let’s start off with what type of equipment to purchase.  When I first started my in home personal training business, I thought that I need everything but I learned pretty quick that’s not the case. 

Items that I would purchase:


TRX or suspension trainer

Resistance bands

Tennis balls

Foam roller

Weighted vest



I’m sure I left a couple items out but these pieces of equipment can be used anywhere and are affordable.  Just think about it, you could train clients in your home, their home and outside with these pieces of equipment. 

In Home Personal Training

Training in Your Own Home

In order to train in your own home, I suggest to check the zoning laws in your city and make sure it’s okay.  You wouldn’t want your neighbors complaining that you have people coming to your house every hour as they might think you are running an illegal business.  If you rent an apartment, I suggest you don’t train clients there but if you rent a house, I would check with the land lord or property manager first.  Another suggestion is to talk with a lawyer and make sure you have the proper insurance in case there was an issue or injury that would occur.  Last, make sure you’re comfortable with clients coming into your house, you might only want people you know beforehand. 

Now that it’s time to set up a room for training you will have to think about the overall room size.  This will depend on how many people are going to be training at a time and the exact exercises you will be performing.  You may only need a couple hundred square feet for training one person without feeling cramped.  If you’re going to be performing Olympic lifts, deadlifts, etc.…, you will want to make sure you have a platform and solid ground for dropping the weight.  Ceiling height will also make a difference for those types of lifts and using a TRX/suspension trainer.  You will probably also want to have some type of padding on the floor and maybe some mirrors hanging on the walls. 

If you don’t currently have a room that you can use but you are going to be purchasing a new house in the future, then this setup might be a solution for you.  Maybe the house has an unfinished basement that you would be able to design a room specifically for training.  Just remember to tell your realtor beforehand and they can keep their eye out for a house/space that might work.

Training in Their Home

Training in your client’s home works great but you have to be aware of the space the client has.  I have done this before but I lived where the temperature was almost always warm, so we just trained outside and when needed in the garage.  The main issue is finding a spot that works for your program.

Training Outside

Training outside works perfect when the weather is nice.  Parks are great because they typically have large outdoor areas where you can run and do other activities.  This is where I would bring my cones, ladder, TRX and kettlebells to train one on one and small group.  I believe most cities let you train for free but you might have to get a permit to train in public places, so make sure you know the rules of your city. 

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