Insurance can be… tricky to understand, to say the least. These days it is required for many professions and sometimes, people in those professions aren’t even aware of it.
When you went through your certification to become a personal trainer, did someone fill you in on all the odds and ends of personal trainer insurance? No? Well, it’s never too late to learn all about it!
Today, we want to walk you through everything that encompasses personal trainer insurance. We’ll tell you what it is, how you apply, what’s included, and how it can help you in your personal training career.
Let’s get started.
What Is Personal Trainer Insurance?
Personal trainer insurance is designed to protect your business from third-party liability claims arising out of your business operations, such as bodily injury or property damage.
These days, the average cost of a lawyer in the US is anywhere from $250 to $600 an hour depending on your location and the size of the firm? Or that the average payout for a personal injury claim can be up to $50,000?
And that’s on top of all the lawyer fees and loss of work you’d have to deal with as well. Would you be able to pay that out of pocket? Or would you need to have some kind of insurance in place to help mitigate this from ever happening?
With personal trainer insurance, you could be covered in similar cases and not have to worry about going out of business. Without it, you would be on the hook for any lawsuits against you.
Sounds, kind of scary, right?
You might be asking…
How Do I Know If I Need Personal Trainer Insurance?
Oh, you’ll know. If you’re trying to train in someone’s private gym or out of a chain gym then the gym owner or manager will likely require you to have insurance as well as list them as an additional insured before you can even begin working!
By listing the gym owner on your policy as an additional insured, you ensure that in the case of a lawsuit against you the owner is protected as well. This doesn’t mean that if the gym owner got sued for something you would also get sued, this means that if someone sues you after getting injured doing a lift due to your instruction, then the gym owner isn’t on the hook for dealing with it, they are just protected against a separate lawsuit claiming the same injury since they were already listed on your policy.
Even if the owner of the gym you’re wanting to train at doesn’t require you to have insurance, it is still a valuable business practice to follow to protect yourself. If you’re training outdoors or in your own gym, you want to be sure you have the proper safeguards in place in case the worst-case scenario were to occur. And, honestly, do you trust that nothing will go wrong while working out heavy weights and metal bars?
What Should a Personal Trainer Insurance Policy Include?
In order to have the proper coverages on your personal trainer insurance, you will want to be sure the policy you are looking at offers you the coverages you need.
The best personal trainer insurance policy will offer you:
- General liability insurance
- Professional liability insurance
- Products & completed operations aggregate limit
- Damage to premises rented to you coverage
- Option to add additional insureds
- Option to add inland marine coverages
And, to answer your next question…
What Do Those Coverages Even Mean?
We’ll do our best to explain.
As a personal trainer, you inherit many risks while on the job. Some of these risks may not have even occurred to you. Each risk you take on is associated with a different insurance coverage that could cover a claim pertaining to the coverage.
Let’s take a look at our limits table and go from there.
Limits of Insurance
General & Professional Liability Limits
|General & Professional Liability||$3,000,000|
|Products & Completed Operations Aggregate||$3,000,000|
|Personal & Advertising Injury||Included|
|General & Professional Liability Each Occurrence||$2,000,000|
|Damage to Premises Rented to You||$300,000|
|Inland Marine / Business Personal Property||$2,000|
Much like your personal auto insurance, your personal trainer insurance policy has limits for how much it would payout in the case of a claim. Each limit is associated with a different coverage and you should know what each one means.
General & Professional Liability Limit
Your general and professional liability limit is the maximum amount your insurance will payout within a policy year for general professional liability claims brought against you.
Product & Completed Operations Aggregate
According to IRMI, the International Risk Management Institute, a products-completed aggregate limit encompasses liability arising out of your products or business operations conducted away from your own premises once those operations have been completed or abandoned. This coverage is typically included in your general liability insurance coverage.
Personal & Advertising Injury Limit
The personal and advertising injury limit, which is tied in with your general liability coverage, insures against personal harm not due to bodily injury, protecting you against the following offenses in connection with the advertising of your goods or services: libel, slander, invasion of privacy, copyright infringement, and misappropriation of advertising ideas. Read more about it at IRMI.
Damage to Premises Rented to You Coverage
This coverage applies to damage by fire to premises rented to you and to damage regardless of the cause to the premises (including contents) occupied by the insured for 7 days or less. If you’re curious about more details for this limit, refer to IRMI.
Inland Marine / Business Personal Property Limit
Inland marine insurance, or your business personal property limit, is meant to cover tangible property that is movable or transportable in nature, meaning your supplies, equipment, or inventory. If you have questions regarding what would be covered, feel free to reach out to our customer service team who will be more than happy to delve in further.
You’re probably thinking, “That sounds great and all, but…”
How Much Is Personal Trainer Insurance?
Personal trainer insurance from Insurance Canopy starts at just $129 a year. Adding one additional insured incurs a $15 fee, and if you’d like the option to add unlimited additional insureds you’re looking at an extra $30 on top of your policy.
It’s important you choose a policy that offers you what you need, and Insurance Canopy is pleased to be able to offer thousands of personal trainers the proper coverage their business requires. We offer personal trainer insurance at an affordable, competitive price, giving personal trainers the best coverage at that price point.
Where Do I Purchase Personal Trainer Insurance?
From us! Insurance Canopy offers personal trainer insurance that covers gym requirements, that would protect them in worst-case scenarios, and that shows they are invested in their business. You peg yourself as a professional when you carry the proper insurance and make it easier for clients to trust you and your training.
Personal trainer insurance starts at $129 and can be easily purchased online in just minutes. Buy now and have access to proof of insurance documents 24/7.