In the last few years, the fitness industry has been booming in the UK, helped along by a combination of social media platforms such as Instagram and a drive for individuals to be healthier.
Leading to more and more people joining gyms has also led to an increase in personal trainers in the UK. According to Statista, the UK had 57,000 personal trainers in 2019, an increase of 2.3% since 2014.
With this in mind, becoming a personal trainer can be a hugely rewarding job, especially for those looking to turn their fitness passion into a career. Below, we’ve taken a look at everything you need to know when it comes to having a job as a personal trainer.
What does a personal trainer do?
Firstly, even if you love hitting the gym, creating delicious yet healthy meals and going for a run or a swim when you get a little time to yourself, there’s a lot more to a job as a personal trainer than just telling someone to do a bit of exercise.
It takes a specific type of person. Some of the vital skills you’ll need include:
- Ability to motivate others
- Ability to inspire others
- Energy and commitment
- Communication skills
Meanwhile, as a job, a personal trainer will work one-on-one with individual clients, and by doing so, helps them to reach their fitness goals. This is done through meal plans, personalised routines and tracking their progress to ensure they’re on the right track.
With an hourly rate of between £40 and £60, here are just a few things you’ll need to do as a personal trainer:
- Set short-term and long-term goals for each client
- Motivate clients as they exercise, whilst ensuring they follow their programmes safely and effectively
- Educate clients on health, nutrition, and lifestyle changes
- Create fitness programmes that are tailored to each client
- Use various methods such as measuring heart rate and body-fat levels to track each individual’s progress
- Develop personal meal plans for each client
If a job as a personal trainer still sounds like the job for you, you’ll probably be wondering how to get there.
How to get a job as a personal trainer
Like most jobs, you can’t just walk into a gym or leisure centre and grab yourself a job as a personal trainer. And, before you start researching personal training jobs, you’ll need to ensure you have the right qualifications.
There are three key personal trainer qualifications, which are:
- Level 2 Diploma in Instructing Exercise and Fitness
- Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training
- Level 3 diploma in Personal Training
Here in the UK, the minimum qualification you require to work in the fitness industry is a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instruction. This qualification will enable you to work on the gym floor.
For those looking to work as a personal trainer in the UK, you’ll require a Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training.
However, the qualifications are only one part of it, with experience going a long way. Therefore, if you are looking to work towards a job as a personal trainer, obtaining some entry-level experience while training will be extremely advantageous.
You can do this by working at a local gym, which can provide you with an insight into how the industry works. Meanwhile, for more practical personal trainer experience, a good idea would be to ask a professional PT if you can shadow them to see what it takes to make it within the industry
Following the completion of your qualifications, you can begin looking for a job as a personal trainer, and some experience as mentioned above will always help.
You also need to remember that when looking for jobs, it’s not only gyms that require personal trainers. Places, where you can look for a job as a personal trainer, include:
- Leisure centres
- Boutique gyms
- Hotels and spas
- Job boards
- Online groups – you may be able to obtain a freelance client base
While finding a job in any industry may be difficult at any time, searching and asking the above will always help. However, there are other things you can do when trying to get a job as a personal trainer.
How to improve your chances
The last thing you want to do when trying to break into the fitness industry is to sit back and hope your CV does all the talking.
Below are a few ways you can improve your chances when looking for that personal trainer job.
- Friends and family:
You’ll need a client base, but, it can take years to build one and you’ll need proof of what you can do for many to come on-board. Therefore, offering free services to friends and family can help you to develop your skills as a PT, while also building up examples of how you’ve helped individuals to improve their overall fitness.
- Focus online:
The power of social media shouldn’t be overlooked. Setting up profiles for your services and sharing regularly will help promote you as a business. Think of it this way, if you loved fitness before and pushed your success, harness that and use it to help drive up business. Having profiles also give people somewhere to go to see what you do, and what successes you’ve previously had.
And don’t be afraid to ask friends and families to push your posts and profile too, after all, it all helps in the long run.
- Other qualifications:
With thousands of personal trainers out there, adding new strings to your bow will help you stand out from the crowd.
Examples of courses that can provide additional qualifications available at Focus Training include:
- Aqua aerobic course
- Circuit training course
- Core stability course
- Exercise to music course
- Specialist practitioner course
- Assessor course
- Outdoor course
- Older person course
Here at Focus training, we offer all this and more. So, whether you’re just starting or you’re looking to push further with your personal trainer career, get in touch today and find out how we can help you.