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How to Become a Personal Trainer


The Fitness Industry is competitive but lucrative if you are able to establish your career pathway as a personal trainer, maintain your credibility and reputation with your clients, and market yourself effectively.

Bear in mind that a personal training course isn’t free. You will need to be prepared to invest in your chosen career.


1     Get Yourself Accredited or Certified

To begin with, it is absolutely a mandatory to get the necessary credentials to becoming a true personal trainer, and that involves also getting your fitness instructor qualification first.

There are two main qualifications you need to work in the industry in the UK.


  • Level 2 Gym/Fitness Instructor Award
  • Level 3 Personal Training Diploma


2     Education

The physical and mental exercises are but one part of your program. As an instructor, you must also know that your clients must have the proper fuel or energy to partake in the various exercises that you deem essential in your regimens. Nutrition courses are indeed necessary for you to understand what different types of foods and diets are necessary for your clients to achieve their goals.


3     Safety

As a fitness instructor or personal trainer it’s advised to also be well equipped in handling an emergency situation such as your client fainting from over exertion or dehydration. For this, you must take a course on first aid. This will give you the proper training in dealing with these situations.


4     To Join a Fitness Centre or to Freelance

In becoming a personal trainer, you will have to make a choice as to whether to join a fitness centre/gym or to find your own clients as a freelance personal trainer. Joining a fitness centre is advised when you’re just starting your career. That’s because you’ll be coming into an environment where clients are coming in, with the necessary gym equipment available to you. You will also gain a lot of experience and training because you will be able to study those personal trainers who may be more experienced than yourself. Learning what systems work and what don’t is essential as you will be able to formulate the best systems and regimens for your clients.

In freelancing, you may very well have to provide all of the aforementioned necessities in the programs of your clients. This may not be the best option when beginning your career, but it’s certainly something to work towards as it can afford you much more freedom and a higher earning potential.


5     Market Yourself Properly

Most of the successful personal trainers do both employed work and freelancing to earn a more lucrative paycheck. Like entrepreneurs, most personal trainers have the leisure of creating their own timetable of working hours. They can basically dictate their schedules to fit a certain client and if the instructor-client relationship is solid, the instructor may be able to dictate the time wherein they meet to resume the session.  This depends on the quality of relationship between instructor and client. This is your premier privilege as a personal trainer.

Building up a reputation and a certain credibility within a gym may help you branch out to those who may not want to go to a public place to train. Marketing yourself online is also a very effective way to broaden your client base, and we provide services to help, such as website design and hosting, website promotion and directory listings.

By doing this you will be able to boost your professional development, thus earning more clients, leading you to a more substantial pay check.


Living the Dream

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Being able to work in a fitness centre and freelance gives you more freedom to schedule your work. Unlike a nine-to-five desk job, whereby the same amount of hours are logged in daily, you can schedule your work and sessions as you please to the tune of £12,000 to £20,000 a year. Trainers earn on average £20 to £40 an hour. Some instructors who are well known and have great reputations can earn between £50 and £100 an hour.

This will of course depend on you and how much you want to earn in the industry.

Complete the form on the top right-hand side of this page and a Careers Advisor can talk through the various options available, and help determine exactly what is right for you.

What are the costs?

costs-feesAll the training providers have different prices, but they can range from £1,000 to £5,000 in the UK.
This might seem like a lot of money – and that’s because it is! But this short-term expense is your long-term gain.
If you’re passionate about health, fitness and helping others, then completing a personal trainer course is well worth the initial expense, and to make things easier, most training providers provide an option to pay back in installments.

In most cases, whether you pay for your tuition all at once, or monthly, you will likely have a registration fee to pay so that your space is secure on the course. Again, this varies from one company to the next, but in general it’s usually no higher than £500. A Careers Advisor can give you an exact idea of what to expect following your phone consultation.

If you are accepted onto a personal trainer course be aware that spaces are limited for each date/venue, so register as soon as you can.

Course Training Providers

With such a wide variety of training providers available, including Discovery Learning, YMCAfit, Premier Training, Lifetime, the Training Room, and many others, choosing the right one isn’t easy.
All of these companies basically provide the same core certification; the differences being any additional CPD qualifications that are packaged with it, as well as the cost, duration and location of the course.

You will have to consider these factors as well as your own circumstances when making your decision, and if you haven’t already, it’s recommended to arrange a consultation with a course advisor as they can work with you to establish exactly which course you want; and you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have.

Types of Personal Trainer Courses

Thanks to the competitive market amongst course training providers there’s a lot of flexibility when it comes to the three main factors:

  • Time
  • Money
  • Location


Course Type Breakdown

Full Time – This involves attending a course centre or academy every week day for several weeks. Also known as a Fast Track course, it is the quickest way to become qualified and the most expensive.

Part Time – For those of you that currently have a full-time job, this type of course is perfect as you’d only be required to attend on select weekends. You’ll be spending more time studying and revising from home than a full-time course, and the cost will be slightly lower too.

Online - Also known as Distance Learning. This option is mainly for those that not only have a full-time job, but would also have difficulty attending an academy during weekends. With an online course you’ll be completing most of the modules from home at your own pace, and will only be required to attend an academy to sit your exams.