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Tips for Becoming a Personal Trainer

by Steven Dick(more info)

listed in exercise and fitness, originally published in issue 282 - November 2022


Tips for Becoming a Personal Trainer

Becoming a personal trainer is a great career choice for those passionate about health and fitness. As a personal trainer, you will have the opportunity to help others improve their physical well-being and reach their fitness goals.

In addition, personal trainers typically earn a high salary and enjoy many job perks, such as free gym membership and discounts on fitness apparel. You could work for a gym or fitness centre or end up running your own business, with the trials and tribulations that brings. If you are considering becoming a personal trainer, here are some tips to help you get started.


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Get Certified

If you think you have what it takes to become a personal trainer, the first step is to get certified. The Level 3 Personal Training Diploma is the UK's gold standard for personal trainers. Ensure your qualification is accredited by organizations like Ofqual, CIMSPA, REPs and UK Active.

A good personal trainer course takes around four weeks to complete, though this will vary depending on whether you study in person with live sessions or online. Once you've completed the course, you can start your career as a qualified personal trainer. And with the right attitude and dedication, there's no limit to what you can achieve in this field.

Develop a Niche

To be successful as a personal trainer, developing a niche is a good idea. This will stand you out from the competition and attract clients looking for someone with your specific expertise. When choosing a niche, it is important to pick something you are passionate about. This will make staying motivated and invested in your work easier and allow you to provide your clients with the best possible service.

What kind of niche should you choose? You could specialize in helping clients lose weight, target older clients or focus on offering kettlebell training. You could qualify as a pre and post-natal specialist trainer, helping expectant and new mothers maintain or regain their fitness levels during and after pregnancy.

Once you have chosen your niche, it is important to build up a base of knowledge and experience. This will help you attract more clients and enable you to charge higher rates. If you are dedicated to your career as a personal trainer, then developing a niche is essential for success.


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Market Yourself

A career in personal training can be rewarding and challenging. The fitness industry is competitive, and personal trainers must work hard to market themselves and attract clients. One way to do this is to create a strong online presence. Use social media to promote your services and highlight your unique brand.

You can also get involved in the local fitness community and connect with potential clients through the press or other channels. In addition, it's important to continuously learn and develop your skills as a personal trainer. Take advantage of business classes or marketing resources to stay ahead of the competition. With dedication and hard work, you can build a successful career in personal training.

Talk to Your Clients

When it comes to being a personal trainer, one of the most important things you can do is get to know your clients. This means more than just learning their names and what exercise they like. Take the time to have a casual but professional conversation with them so you can learn more about them as people.

What are their goals? What motivates them? What are their concerns? The more you know about them, the more you can help them. And when your clients see results, it makes you look good too! So if you're looking for tips on becoming a personal trainer, remember: get to know your clients. It's the key to success.


It's important to network. Get connected with other fitness professionals in your area and attend industry events. You never know when a connection might lead to an opportunity. Second, don't be afraid to ask for help from friends and family. If you need help getting started or marketing your business, they may be able to provide some advice or put you in touch with someone who can help.

Third, remember that becoming a personal trainer is a process, so take your time and enjoy the journey. Start by taking some classes and workshops to brush up on your skills, then get certified and start building your clientele. With hard work and dedication, you can make your dream of becoming a personal trainer a reality.

Is It Time to Take the Next Steps?

If you’re passionate about fitness and want to help others achieve their goals, becoming a personal trainer could be the perfect career. It’s a highly competitive field, but if you get certified, develop a niche and learn some basics of running a business, you’ll be well on your way to success.

So what are you waiting for? Turn your passion for fitness into a whole new career to explore!


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About Steven Dick

Steven Dick is the director of The Fitness Group which provides online fitness instructor courses in the UK, including personal trainer courses.  All of the Fitness Group’s courses are certified by Active IQ, the UK’s leading awarding body. Please contact Steven via The Fitness Group and The Fitness Group Education.

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