Choosing a Personal Training Gym in NYC

Claude Hillel
Claude Hillel
Choosing a Personal Training Gym in NYC

Choosing the right personal training gym in NYC is key to maintaining and increasing your training clientele. In addition to having the right skills, you need to have the right space. Not all gyms are created equal, and in a city as large as New York, there's no shortage of options. It pays to do your due diligence.

Unless you have a large apartment or home - both of which are unlikely in New York - you'll need to find a place where you can conduct your personal training sessions. That space needs to have everything you and your clients require. That's why today, we're talking about how to choose a personal training gym in NYC.

The Right Personal Training Gym in NYC

Several factors come into play when you're searching for gym space for rent in NYC. From atmosphere to staff and everything in between, crossing your T's and dotting your I's is absolutely imperative. As you look for the gym that suits you and your clients, it's important to keep all of those needs in mind to ensure that you find the best gym for you and your personal training business.

Equipment Selection

We previously covered the importance of equipment selection for physical therapists, but just because personal trainers might not need quite as much specialized equipment as physical therapists, that doesn't mean that equipment selection shouldn't be high on your list of needs. Personal training may not involved rehabilitating joints and muscles, but it is still an incredibly nuanced endeavor. As such, it's important to have the right gear and equipment.

Head to each gym on your list of possibilities and take a look at their equipment. Make sure they have a variety to fit your needs, from cardio equipment to free weights and machines. Every person is different and so are their goals. The right equipment can help you guide them toward those goals more easily. It's also important to ensure that the equipment is up to snuff. Equipment that is ratty, rusted, and looking like it's a hundred years old should be a major red flag. A quality gym will always keep its equipment in good working order.


A gym's staff is just as important as its equipment. The staff is the lifeblood of the gym, interacting with both you and your clients. While you're at the gym, be sure to stop and chat up the staff. Are they friendly and helpful? Do they give off a vibe that makes you feel at ease? These are all important factors. You'll be able to tell quite quickly if the gym is right for you based on how the staff interacts with you.


Atmosphere is another huge part of looking for a personal training gym in NYC. Choose a gym that strikes a balance between all of your clients. This is both directly and indirectly related to equipment selection. If you have a client who wants to bulk up and push some heavy weights, he or she will most likely be excited by free weights. Conversely if you have a client who is more interested in lighter weights and more cardio-based lifting, machines are a good option.

You'll also want to get a good idea of what kind of people the gym draws. A hardcore, old school gym might not be the right place for certain people. On the other hand, some people will want a little bit of a testosterone-driven vibe. Most gyms will have a mix of both, so take a few minutes to really get a feel for its vibe.


Check out the facilities at your potential gyms, as well. Look for locker space, showers if possible, and other amenities that will make it more likely that your clients will enjoy everything the space has to offer. Showers are always nice. No one wants to drive or take the subway home dripping with sweat. What about bathrooms? Are they clean and well kept? Does the gym have any kind of prep area for nutritional needs. All of these are important factors to consider.

Pricing Structure

Knowing a gym's pricing structure is incredibly important when you're choosing the right gym for you. Some facilities offer package rates. Some rent fitness space by the hour. It's important to keep that in mind. Personal trainers with several clients might do well enough to rent space in a package. Buying hourly packages is a bit like buying products in bulk. The more you buy, the more you save.

Finding the Right Personal Training Gym in NYC

If you're looking for the right personal training gym in NYC, keep the above tips in mind. They can help you wade through the many gyms out there to find the one that suits you and your clients best.

At SkyHealth NYC, we think we have all the bases covered when it comes to renting personal training space in Manhattan and the surrounding area. Stop by and check us out. We're always happy to give you a tour!