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How do I rent a private gym studio for personal training, photography, or filming?

Updated: Dec 30, 2020

Are you looking to rent a gym to train your newest client? Or, are you looking to finally invest in a professional fitness photographer to step up your Instagram game? Maybe you just need some open gym space to film your virtual online classes. Either way, you might find these tips helpful when looking to rent a gym for personal use.



Where to find available fitness space?


Your local park is always a good place to start. For many cities within Los Angeles, parks are usually free and provide a lot of open space with some gorgeous views of the Los Angeles skyline. If you’re looking for a more professional setting, city park rentals are available but you will need to request a permit and pay an hourly rental fee to ensure you won’t be escorted out nicely by Parks and Recreation.


For many clients, nothing beats working out from home. Many personal trainers that provide high-end services are willing to commute to their clients’ homes for private personal training sessions. The upside is that trainers typically charge more for these types of services.


However, if you want to take your workout experience to the next level, you can rent a private gym studio to host your clients. Many fitness studios are willing to open up their rentals for the right price. You can rent a private studio here.


How much does it cost to rent a gym space?


To rent out a fitness studio, gym’s typically offer multiple pricing options. You can rent a gym using Huego and find one that works for you. The price of an average studio rental ranges depending on the location, type of facility and the equipment you need for your personal training, photo or filmining needs. There are typically three pricing structures when renting a fitness space:


1. Hourly rentals are typically a flat hourly rate and are best for one time sessions or want to get a feel for multiple fitness studios.


2. If you need a place to rent for a longer period of time, many fitness studios offer monthly rentals where you can commit to a monthly package at a discounted rate.


3. The last pricing structure is based on your number of clients that join you at the fitness studio. If you are coaching more than one client at a time, gyms typically charge renting a gym space by the number of clients you have. Meaning, you are likely to receive a better rate the less number of clients you bring to the fitness studio for a given session.


How to train a new personal fitness client?


You may not always know your clients’ medical background; therefore, it is always best to create multiple workout plans or have modifications for each workout.


What to expect when renting a new fitness space?


Before arriving at your new fitness studio, you will want to understand some basic information. Ensure the location will have the proper equipment, building access, and studio guidelines.


We recommend considering customizing your workout program, photo and film shoot to the fitness space you will be renting. Whether it is a park, gym, living room or garage, make sure you can modify the fitness session in terms of equipment and room constraints.


Additionally, fitness equipment is critical when it comes to working out regardless of workout type. If you are training and plan to rent a gym, make sure you confirm with the fitness studio what equipment is available for you to use and what equipment you may need to bring if it is not provided. If you are training at home, ask your client what gym equipment they have prior to arriving to make sure you understand what gym equipment you will need. This will help you save time transferring unnecessary fitness equipment.


What is personal trainer insurance and do I need it for renting a private gym studio?


It is even more important that you purchase personal training insurance if you don’t have your personal training certificate.


If you are going to rent gym space for personal training at a private studio, many gyms require personal training insurance. This is a liability insurance and at a minimum, you will need to purchase General Liability Insurance. It is pretty easy to obtain and it’s usually a one time purchase typically lasting up to a year. Independent contractors will need to list the gym on their own insurance policy as an “additional insured.” Check with the insurance provider for details and be sure to ask for proof of insurance from the independent contractors.


As a newly certified personal trainer it’s important to insure yourself against potential liability issues (e.g. client injury or client dissatisfaction). Having insurance gives you access to general and professional liability coverage designed specifically for those in the fitness industry.


Policies can be purchased online, in a matter of minutes, and monthly payments are available, making it easier for you to get your business off the ground without breaking the bank. We highly recommend personal trainer insurance coverage.

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