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How to Become a Personal Trainer

When you first consider becoming a Personal Trainer it can seem a complicated path to follow. It is actually very simple and we have outlined the basic steps, along with some useful contacts.


Firstly, you need to know what qualifications a Personal Trainer needs. Personal Trainers need to be qualified to REPs Level  3.

A number of different organisations run courses that qualify you to this level.  The course length varies with different providers and depends on whether you choose to study full time or part time.

You do not need to have a background qualification in sport, but it definately helps because you need to learn a lot of theory. You will need to have achieved your level 2 qualification before you begin your level 3 and often the courses run back to back if you study full time.

Finding work

When you first qualify as a Persoanl Trainer you will have all of the knowledge you will need to start personal training. The next thing you will need is the experience. 

I recommend while on the course that you train as many different people as possible so when you start training clients you have a varied range of skills. 

To gain experience it is great to start off working at a gym with other personal trainers. There are a lot of different options available for work. Try looking on websites such as to see opportunities in your local area or even in countries all over the world.

Your earning potential is discussed in detail on the following link :

Personal training at a gym: Costs and Potential Earnings

Personal training at clients’ homes:  Potential Earnings


Job interviews

 Job interviews can be intimidating whatever they are for. Your interviewer will be looking for the following qualities in you (a prospective PT)

  • Friendly
  • Well dressed (suit or smart gym gear)
  • Fun
  • Confident
  • Self-motivated 
  • Hard-working
  • Good communicator

Possible questions:

  • How will you find clients? 
  • What sets you apart or what do you specialize in (USP)?
  • What exercises would you give someone with high blood pressure (if they were recommended by their to exercise)?

Good ideas:

  • Take in one of our consultation forms. This details the questions you ask someone in a consultation (these forms are in the free gift with given with every order)
  • Don’t be nervous; be confident
  • Don’t worry about your competition; make sure you show them you are right for the job.

Gaining experience

  • Learn from other Personal Trainers
  • Go on as many courses as you can


What makes a succesful Personal Trainer

Personal Trainers aren’t superhuman. To be a success as a Personal Trainer you need some of the following skills:

  • Be a good communicator
  • Care about your clients – people are drawn to people who care about them
  • Look professional; if you are in great shape that is a great start. If you aren’t, don’t worry, but you need to be seen to be working hard on your own training regardless of your shape
  • Develop a presence that draws respect, or brings energy to your clients
  • Train hard and give yourself challenging goals
  • Always learn; doing courses boosts your energy and expands your knowledge.

 Please note:
This is offered as advice for Personal Trainers. No responsibility is accepted on our part for any losses or damages. Always use your professional knowledge on if or how to apply this advice to your business.

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