hey Linds, my pt went to university and studied a whack of stuff like kinesiology. He spent 6 years learning to be a trainer, plus he's a black belt in Shotokan Karate...he rocks! he's helped me tonnes...as you know I had a bad bike accident and needed help! He charges $70/hr but he works for a gym which takes 50% of his hourly charge. This is however, his first job out of U. I think its a very competitive job....you're either on top with a high demand or you're piled in with the rest...working for someone making whatever they want to pay you.... thats the bare facts coming from my pt.(edit)btw..my pt is also the head trainer of his gym.