Do you think you could be a personal trainer?
Ever finished a work-out in the gym and looked around to see someone not quite using a machine right or another slowly pedalling on the bike not even breaking a sweat and thought – I would love to help you?
This is where many Personal Trainers come from – not just an obvious love of keeping fit and working out but from the pure buzz you can get from helping another person to achieve their goals.
If that sounds like something for you then read on – here we take a look at how you can become a Personal Trainer.
What does Personal Training involve and how does it fit into your future?
The role of a Personal Trainer is to work with a client to achieve their health and fitness goals. It can be a hugely rewarding role, and for those who take their own health and fitness seriously, training to qualify can be enjoyable and fulfilling. Educating and advising clients on short-term and longer-term plans to improve their fitness and nutrition takes specialist skills and knowledge. In order to be able to operate successfully as a Personal Trainer you will first need to gain a recognised qualification.
Personal trainer courses
Courses to begin this process are available widely and UCAS provides some fantastic advice and guidance on where to find the courses and which ones are generally taken to progress along this route.
UCAS lists the following as a guide to which courses to explore
To become a personal trainer, you would normally be an experienced fitness instructor with a recognised qualification, such as:
- Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing – Gym
- Level 2 Diploma in Health, Fitness, and Exercise Instruction
- Level 2 Diploma in Instructing Exercise and Fitness
You can take further qualifications specific to this career, which include:
- Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training
- Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training”
Gym instructors and fitness instructors that already work in the leisure industry often make the move into personal training. Generally, some form of work experience in the world of fitness is required to get you started. The cost of the courses to qualify vary depending on location and the level of qualifications you already hold.
The National Register of Personal Trainers has a fabulous article looking at the different types of courses and costs. Prices can range from £900 -£4000 depending on where you are starting from and which path you want to take. Have a look at: https://nrpt.co.uk/articles/how-much-does-it-cost-to-become-a-personal-trainer.htm
University courses can be part-time or full-time to suit your lifestyle. Ranging from Diplomas in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training to Awards in Instructing Outdoor Fitness. As varied as the world of fitness is, courses can be taken to specialise in your chosen area to create your profile to become the Personal Trainer you want to be.
If becoming a Personal Trainer is a dream of yours and one you know you can achieve then the reward at the end of qualification is a career you love that you can do every single day!
Personal Trainer jobs
A lot of Personal Trainers are self-employed meaning that you can not only do the job you love but you can do it for yourself too!
The working days, however, may be long – it is definitely worth considering the aspects of the job that come along with it. Be prepared for some clients to need you at 5 am before work, while others want a session at lunchtime, and those who don’t finish work till 7 pm will want to book you when you would probably rather be thinking about an early night.
There are other factors to consider too, for example, your client base will need to be built up. This will take time and effort. A great way to build your base is to build your reputation; once people know you are reliable, trustworthy and can provide results, the clients will find you.
As you are self-employed, you will need liability insurance, and you will also need a first aid award that includes a CPR certificate. It is a good idea to be part of a professional body such as REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals) as they can help and support you on your PT journey.
You should also be prepared for lots of washing. If you are working out with your clients several times a day you will need to invest in a good washing machine or move closer to a launderette! The other aspects of your work involving writing meal plans, designing programs specific to the individual clients, and continuing to build your client base can all take time out of your already busy day.
But…despite the fact that when you tell people you are a Personal Trainer – everyone will ask you questions about things they should be doing – the job is an amazing one. Helping people to transform their lives, re-build their health, prepare for a special occasion, recover from an injury, or train for a competition. Whatever the reason why people need and want Personal Trainers the results are amazing – you can and do make a difference every day to every single person that you work with. Not a bad way to spend a career!
The future of the Health and Fitness industry is bright. More and more people are thinking about their own fitness levels and there has truly never been a better time to consider training. Yes, it’s hard work getting there but if it is what you love to do then imagine being able to do that to earn a living and to help others to love it too!
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