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Learn about the prices and costs for personal trainers in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

Here's a detailed look at personal trainer prices in Ho Chi Minh City

The fitness industry has exploded in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam is the past few years.  Vietnamese as well as Expats in HCMC are now focusing more than ever on their health, wellness and becoming fit and healthy.

Many new gyms have opened in all Districts of Ho Chi Minh City.  Along with these new gyms has come a wave of newly certified personal trainers and fitness coaches.

Our very own staff personal trainer, Nathan Love is actually the NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Certified Master Trainer.  Certified Master Personal Trainer is the highest level of personal trainer education and certification offered by NASM, the most reputable personal trainer certification organization in the world.

Nathan provides the education platform, teaches the new personal trainers and administers the tests for people to become newly certified personal trainers in Ho Chi Minh City.

Thus, he as an educator and I as a personal trainer and personal training business owner in Ho Chi Minh City have extensive and in depth knowledge of the prices for a personal trainer in Ho Chi Minh City.

So how much does a personal trainer cost in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam?

Hiring a personal trainer in Ho Chi Minh City typically costs 500,000 VND - 1,500,000 VND per session, but costs can range from 230,000 - 340,000 ($10 - $15) for an unqualified or newly certified coach to 2,000,000 VND ($90) and higher for a personal trainer holding an NCCA accredited personal trainer certification or a University Exercise Science BS or Master's degree with twenty plus years of personal training experience and specializations providing private in-home personal training.

Prices for a personal trainer in Ho Chi Minh City will vary if the trainer works inside a gym or is a freelancer training in-home, at apartment gyms or outdoors at a park in Saigon.

Typically freelance, mobile personal trainers in Ho Chi Minh City will cost 230,000 - 340,000 VND ($10 - $15) more per session to account for their travel time and expense to and from their client's training location.  Ho Chi Minh City is a huge urban city with popular personal training Districts being Districts 1, District 2 and District 7.  Some of the personal training locations within Districts are very far from one another, require lengthy travel, thus personal trainer prices in Ho Chi Minh City can be higher for freelance, in-home and apartment gym training prices will be slightly higher as the distance needed to travel gets further from the trainer core area.

230,000 - 340,000 VND per session personal trainers in Ho Chi Minh City

Personal trainers in this price range are unqualified, lack a personal trainer certification or have little or no personal training experience.

Ho Chi Minh City personal trainers charging 230,000 - 340,000 VND are mostly Vietnamese nationals who cater to a Vietnamese personal training clientele.

It is wise to avoid personal trainers in this price range as their lack of formal anatomy, physiology and especially kinesiology education puts you at risk of injury while training.

Penny wise and dollar dumb is the saying that comes to mind when reviewing the value of a personal trainer in this price range.  Personal trainers charging a lower price like this are often times found sitting on a bench watching their client do the exercise or looking at their phone.

370,000 - 450,000 per session personal trainers in Ho Chi Minh City

Personal trainers in Ho Chi Minh City in this price range typically work at commercial franchised gyms.  They will most often be certified by a local organization which is not accredited by the NCCA.

Freelance personal trainers in Ho Chi Minh City charging per session in this price range typically have a weak training resume, are not certified and do not have a professional website to market themselves, thus, the lower price.

Personal trainers in this price range are not your best investment as they often time lack the anatomy & physiology necessary for  being able to identify body parts and train them.

Many foreign personal trainers in Ho Chi Minh City who have no website to advertise themselves fall into this price range by default just so they can have a lower price and gain clients.

This is not a recommended spend if you're looking for a high quality, expert personal trainer in Saigon.

570,000 - 800,000 VND per session personal trainers in Ho Chi Minh City

Personal trainers in this price range are typically foreigners with a personal trainer certification, and between 5 - 10 years of personal training experience.

500,000 - 570,000 VND seems to be the "sweet spot" for Vietnamese freelance personal trainers as most will be charging this rate for personal training at training studios, commercial gyms and apartment gyms in all Districts of Ho Chi Minh City.

Foreign personal trainers in Ho Chi Minh City charging this price have less experience and are often not even a certified personal trainer. 

915,000 - 1,250,000 VND per session personal trainers in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City personal trainers in this price range are typically foreigners with a personal trainer certification, University degree in Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology or Kinesiology and 10 plus years of personal training experience.

Some personal trainers will charge in this price range and closer to 1,150,000 VND as it is congruent with the International standard personal trainer rate of $50 per session.

Personal trainers and fitness coaches charging these prices are a much wiser investment as they are typically more mature, educated, professional, ethical and embody the traits and characteristics of what a personal trainer should be.

They will have a formal University education or certification in nutrition and provide integrated nutrition coaching into every client's daily fitness training program.

1,350,000 - 2,000,000 VND per session personal trainers in Ho Chi Minh City

Personal trainers in Ho Chi Minh City in this price range are typically foreigners with an NCCA accredited personal trainer certification, University BS or Master's degree in Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology or Kinesiology and 20 plus years of personal training experience.

This personal trainer, myself Dennis Romatz being an example personal trainer, will be a fitness industry ambassador, leader and have a proven track record and long list of training clients with safe, successful results.  He or she may possess multiple NCCA accredited personal trainer certifications as well as supplemental nutrition, sports performance, strength & conditioning, pre & post natal, Senior's training and group fitness certifications.

The personal fitness trainer in Ho Chi Minh City in this price range is an absolutely wise spend in terms of being able to maximize your personal training sessions, improve your health and transform your body.

This expert Ho Chi Minh City personal trainer will offer clinical based personal training.  He or she will perform thorough exercise tests and fitness assessments, design a goal appropriate fitness training program, utilize clinical based, biomechanically perfect fitness training modalities and methodologies and monitor and scale your fitness training program for ongoing, sustainable results and achievements.

About the author

Dennis Romatz is an Internationally acclaimed, clinically focused, exercise based, naturopathy centric personal trainer, online fitness coach and plant based nutrition coach specializing in weight loss with a University Exercise Science & Nutrition education and 35 years of personal training experience.