How to Become a Personal Trainer (PT)

Do you love going to the gym? Consider yourself a bit of a fitness-fanatic? Why not turn your passion for health and fitness into a career by becoming a fully qualified Personal Trainer. Due to the rapid growth of the health and fitness market, demand for PTs is on the rise, so there’s never been a better time to kick-start your career in health and fitness!

What Does a Good PT do?

The main role of a Personal Trainer is to provide support and guidance to clients, helping them identify and achieve their health and fitness goals. Any good PT should:

  • Run one-to-one workout sessions with clients, or oversee group exercises when required
  • Identify realistic goals for clients and plan individual fitness regimes to help them achieve these goals
  • Educate and give advice to clients regarding all aspects of health, fitness and nutrition
  • Keep clients motivated
  • Check and record clients progress
  • Keep up-to-date with the latest health and fitness developments and follow a fit and healthy lifestyle themselves

What Skills and Traits Make a Good PT?

A great Personal Trainer should be:

  • Enthusiastic about health and fitness
  • A great motivator
  • Determined
  • Patient
  • Outgoing, approachable and friendly
  • Organised
  • Knowledgeable about human anatomy, physiology and nutrition

Key Qualifications Needed

In the UK you must hold a formal qualification in order to work as a Personal Trainer, 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

Additionally, you can progress your career by gaining further qualifications such as:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training
  • Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training
  • Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Personal Training

Level 3 or higher qualifies you to become a member of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), a great way to enhance your reputation and demonstrate your extensive knowledge and skills. It is also good practice to have a first aid award, including a cardio-pulmonary resuscitation certificate (CPR). Check out some of our partners for great deals on a wide range of industry recognised qualifications.

Finding a Role Once Qualified

As you near the completion of your qualifications, it’s time to start thinking about your employment options.

  1. The first thing you need to do is head to to browse the latest roles in health and fitness and get a feel for the type of position you’re looking for. Be sure to check out our 360 site tours to see how each gym site is kitted out!
  2. Create your personal gymcareer profile, to which you can add your CV, qualifications, videos and pictures to showcase your professional achievements and make yourself stand out from the crowd. You can also add links to your professional social media channels to give employers the opportunity to see your personality and expertise.
  3. From your gymcareer profile, you can quickly and easily apply for the latest opportunities in health and fitness.

Congratulations, you’ve made it! You’re now a fully qualified, employed/self-employed personal trainer! For help building your personal training brand and client base, get in touch with our sister company, gymcreate!