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How to Become A Personal Trainer

Becoming A Personal Trainer

If you’re a fitness enthusiast who want to know how to become a personal trainer, wants to share your passion for health, love of fitness and help others in their quest for the body beautiful… then a Personal Trainer course may just be for you!

As with any career change, it’s important to consider what it will take to get there, and make a success of your shiny new fitness career. So we’ve put together a few pointers on how how to become a personal trainer…

Decide If You Have What It Takes for a Personal Trainer Career

Personal trainers require a multitude of skills! Sure, you’ll have a passion for fitness and an understanding of what the role of a personal trainer involves. But to cut it, you’ll also need to be analytical, patient, persistent, organised, a strong motivator and, most importantly, a good listener. You don’t have to look like a body builder to become a personal trainer, but you should definitely lead a healthy lifestyle to be a good role model for your clients. Take a look at what we think makes a great personal trainer here.

What qualifications do you need to be a personal trainer?

There are a variety of certifying organisations, each offering different classes, workshops and exams for getting certified. If you want to become a personal trainer choose an organisation that is nationally recognised and accredited, like Focus Training. Take some time to research reputable organisations to find out: How much the certification costs, what the pre-requisites are, and what the coursework involves. Here’s a little insight into what you can expect from us.

Skills needed to be a personal trainer

The essential requirement to kick-start your career as a personal trainer is a Level 2 Gym Instructor qualification. You’ll cover how to plan safe and effective gym based exercise sessions, use of a range of cardiovascular and resistance machines, free weights and body weight exercises. You will also gain the crucial knowledge you’ll need on health and safety, customer care and performance management. The makings on a successful personal trainer.

The next step is your Level 3 Personal Training certificate.  You’ll learn how to assess a client’s health and fitness levels using up-to-date techniques and cutting-edge equipment. We’ll educate you on analysis of diet, nutrition, performance and well-being, to ensure that your clients are in capable hands. Take a look here at what you’ll learn during your personal trainer course.

Put Yourself On The Map with the best personal training qualifications

Without marketing, even the most experienced Personal Trainers will struggle to generate new clients. Because even the best trainers won’t attract clients if their potential customers don’t know they exist. Take a look at our tips for marketing yourself as a personal trainer.

Don’t Stop Evolving

The fitness arena is a tough one to compete in. The most successful personal trainers don’t settle. They keep developing to ensure they stay ahead of the game.

There are a number of ways you can now maximise your chances of having a successful career in the industry. Gather a little inspiration for your next steps below you can see details on the different types of personal training certifications.

Personal Trainer Course Options

RequirementsDiploma in Personal TrainingMaster Personal TrainerSpecialist Personal Trainer
Level 2 Gym InstructorYES
(if required)
(if required)
(if required)
Level 3 Personal TrainerYES YES YES
Level 3 Business SkillsNO YES NO
Fitness Professionals Toolkit: Kettlebell,
PT Padwork, Core, Outdoor Training
Level 3 Exercise ReferralNO NO YES
Level 3 Ante and Post Natal Instructor*NO NO YES
Level 3 Older Adult CoachNO NO YES
Delivery ModePart Time / Full TimePart Time / Full TimePart Time / Full Time
Personal Telephone Support TutorYES YES YES
eLearning ClassroomYES YES YES
Attendance Days (Part Time)11 (inc. L2 Gym Inst.)13 (inc. L2 Gym Inst.) 14 (inc. L2 Gym Inst.)
Attendance Days (Full Time)21 (inc. L2 Gym Inst.)23 (inc. L2 Gym Inst.)24 (inc. L2 Gym Inst.)

*For the Specialists Personal Trainer Course, students can select EITHER Level 3 Ante and Poste Natal Instructor OR Level 3 Older Adult Coach