How Did You Get That Job? Personal Trainer

How Did You Get That Job? Personal Trainer

If you’ve got a passion for fitness then there’s no reason why you can’t make this into career. Channeling a passion is the key to being able to get a dream job so here’s our guide on how to do that as a personal trainer:

Get your own house in order

It’s not enough to just have an effective fitness regime yourself, although this is of course essential, since you’ll need to practice what you preach. To be a personal trainer you need to understand the human anatomy and which exercises are effective for different parts of the body and for different health goals. You also need to know what diet is required to fuel an effective training regime and you must have a thorough understanding of how to use all of the common gym equipment safely. Make sure you can do all of this before you proceed.


Once you have the groundwork in place, it’s time to prove you know your stuff by picking up qualifications that prove your new-found knowledge, either from colleges or private providers.

Qualifications that should help you to achieve this include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing - Gym
  • Level 2 Diploma in Health, Fitness, and Exercise Instruction
  • Level 2 Diploma in Instructing Exercise and Fitness

Once you’ve achieved those it’s also possible to move on to:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training
  • Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training

Qualified fitness instructors can also take a Level 3 Award in Conversion of Advanced Fitness Instructor to Personal Trainer Status.

Earn your stripes

As implied above, becoming a fitness instructor can be an important stepping stone on your way to becoming a personal trainer. Leisure centres, gyms and sports clubs are great sources of work when you’re looking to rise up the career ladder in this field.

People skills

Don’t just focus on the ‘trainer’ aspect of being a ‘personal trainer’. The ‘personal’ part is equally as important. You need to be able to strike up a rapport with the people you wish to train, especially since you might need to go into their homes. You also need to be flexible in order to be able to arrange sessions that fit around your clients’ needs. Don’t seek a 9-5 lifestyle, be patient and professional with people and make sure you’re easy to contact.


You must have a businesslike approach to your work. That means getting your accounts in order, managing your diary properly and, importantly, getting the appropriate paperwork in place. You’ll need public liability insurance and must be first aid trained with the ability to do cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Don’t neglect the paperwork, doing so will mean your business is doomed to fail.

Gradually go full time

It can be slow going when you first start up as a personal trainer as you build up a solid bank of regulars and try to forge a reputation. You might want to consider doing this on a part time basis around your existing job so that you have an alternative source of income at the start.


Some personal trainers specialise in putting together programmes that benefit the elderly, children or those with very specific medical conditions. Adding one or more of these strings to your bow can increase your chances of employment success. Qualifications are available for people to prove they are able to help those with conditions such as back pain, for example.

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