How to Become a Personal Trainer

in special Feature 21 June 2016
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How to Become a Personal Trainer

Becoming a personal trainer can be an incredibly rewarding career choice. You get to do something you love every day, and see the transformation and progress of your clients – really sharing in their success and feeling like you’ve made a difference.

But how do you start the process of becoming a personal trainer? Our comprehensive resource guide runs you through it.

What skills does a personal trainer need?

Before you even look into starting any training courses, you need to assess your own personal skills and passions to make sure they line up with what a successful personal trainer is going to need. These would be our most important skills and traits:

Strong people skills including:

  1. Patience with clients
  2. Friendly, easy to talk to
  3. Enthusiasm & passion
  4. Tact
  • Knowledge of fitness, the body, healthy eating & anatomy
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Most importantly – a passion for the industry!

What qualifications and skills does a personal trainer need?

There are four initial key qualifications you require in order to start working as a personal trainer in the UK:

Click each of the above to Get Trained.

The more added qualifications you can get, the more expanded your skillset will be. The CPD (Continuing Professional Development) training offered by BodyAid allows you to go even further past your gym instructor or personal trainer qualifications.

You also need to be aware of specialist qualifications in addition to these basics. One of the best ways to break into the industry is to look at an area you’re passionate about and do it. To do this, though, you’re going to need qualifications and/or experience in your particular area.

This means you’ll master your trade and, when clients know exactly what they’re looking for, you’ll be there standing out on top!

How much does a personal trainer earn?

It's important to be realistic. A lot of people have mismanaged expectations of how much they can earn. You're self-employed so it's up to you to set a realistic hourly rate, and aim to take on a manageable number of clients.

As a self-employed or freelance personal trainer, you can typically look to be earning between £20 and £40 per hour.  Be wary of people touting high-end figures talking about £100 an hour as this isn't typical.

If you’re a personal trainer in full-time employment (e.g. working with a fitness centre or gym) then you can earn anywhere between £12,000 and £20,000 a year.

There are so many factors that go into what a personal trainer can earn that it’s really difficult to pin down an exact or average figure. It all depends on your qualifications, whether you’ve undertaken CPD training, how much experience you’ve got and the number of clients you can sign up, particularly if you're freelance.

How do I make it as a personal trainer?

How long have you got? The blog has some more useful information and a lot of it can fall outside of your initial training. Once you’ve got this under your belt you need to stand out; choose your specialities and run with them. Get more experience and (if possible) more qualifications so that you don’t get lost amongst the large number of personal trainers out there.

It’s a competitive market, so you need to be realistic about your rates, the number of clients you can take on and what specialities and USPs you can offer.

What’s next?

BodyAid's Advice Centre is constantly being updated with new posts and information that can help expand your knowledge outside of formal training.  It’s important to keep it topped up!

(You can read the original article here.)

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