How to become a Personal Trainer

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How to become a Personal Trainer

How to become a Personal Trainer

If you are passionate about attending the gym and helping other people achieve their fitness goals, then consider becoming a Personal Trainer (PT). It is one of the fastest growing professions and the demand for Personal Trainers is on the increase. PTs’ get to do a job that they love and inspire and motivate people to be at their physical best. This article discusses the qualifications necessary for becoming a Personal Trainer and the steps you’ll need to take to excel and succeed once you are qualified.

Is being a Personal Trainer right for you?

 Personal trainers are responsible for educating their clients on physical fitness, health and self-motivation. In order to be effective, Personal Trainers must demonstrate that they have mastered these areas in their own lives.

Clients look up to their Personal Trainers as examples of what it means to be fit and healthy. This does not mean meeting status quo standards of physical beauty as every body type is different and being “in shape” means different things for different people. However Personal Trainers must able to demonstrate a range of exercises and train just as hard, or harder, than their clients in order to help them succeed.

Personal trainers don’t just exercise because they want to stay slim, they see physical fitness as a powerful force that fundamentally enhances and extends people’s lives. It is this strong belief in their work that enables personal trainers to be so motivating to others.

Personal trainers learn much of what they need to know in the courses they take to receive certification, but it is important that once qualified you carry on learning and researching fitness. This is called Continuous Professional Development (CPD). Here at Ruby Elite Training we provide various CPD courses and Webinars (online conferences) to keep you up to date and ahead of the game.

To truly understand the personal trainer/client relationship and to judge whether it is a career for you, hire a Personal Trainer to help you achieve your own fitness goals. Note how your relationship with that person develops, and what traits make him or her effective at the job. Every personal trainer has a different style, some operate like bootcamp instructors whilst others take a more gentle approach.

Gain Personal Trainer Certification

To become a personal Trainer you will need nationally accredited and endorsed qualifications.  The qualifications must be recognised by REPS – Register of Exercise for Professionals. REPs is a national register of qualified fitness instructors and personal trainers in the UK. You will find it very difficult to get employment as a PT without being on the register, and the only way to get on the register is to have a valid UK qualification.  You can buy a PT course on line for a £100-£200 but it wont be worth the paper it is written on and will be a total waste of your money, so make sure you have checked that the course you do is REPs accredited

Here at Ruby Elite Training our courses meet these industry standards.

If you have a Level 2 Gym Instructor Qualification then the Personal Trainer course for you is the Level 3 Certificate in personal Training.

If you have no previous qualifications then you will need to study the Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training. Ruby Elite Training Courses are accredited by the Awarding Body ACTIVEIQ.

Our courses are online home study so you can learn at your own pace and at times to suit you. So if you already have a job you can complete the course around this.

Once Qualified

Personal Training is a competitive business, and one way to help yourself stand out is by choosing a specialty and receiving additional certification. For example, you may want to find a program that teaches you how to work with children or people with disabilities or physically limiting conditions so you can broaden your client base.

Ruby Elite Training offers various specialism courses such as Kettlebells, Circuits and Indoor cycling which will allow you to broaden your skills and allow you to expand your fitness offer to clients and health clubs.

Gain industry experience by working in different gyms as this will solidate your experience. Look at job listings in your area, or pick up the phone and call local gyms and health clubs. Many hotels have comprehensive leisure facilities and require Personal Trainers. If you’re already a member of a gym, let the administration team know that you’re interested in working there as a Personal Trainer. You don’t have to wait until you are qualified – let them know you are currently training to be one when you enrol on a course!

Consider starting your own business and becoming a free lance self employed Personal Trainer. With your own business, you’ll be able to set your own rate and keep all the money you earn. You’ll also get to pick the clients you work with. Around 76% of all Personal Trainers in the UK are self employed.

Some Personal Trainers hold sessions in their own homes, where they have a room set up or convert their garage, with the proper equipment. This could be a convenient choice, but it’s important to make sure the setting looks professional if you want to attract clients.

Other Personal Trainers rent a studio, which they sometimes share with other Personal Trainers. This could be a more attractive choice if you have a large client list.

Working free lance requires business skills and Ruby Elite Training provides all our learners with free business support and web advertising for those wishing to set up self employed.

Once you start your own business, you’ll have to attract your own clients - you won’t have a gym to do it for you.

Choose a unique professional-sounding name to attract new clients and think about a possible logo too. The logo could be printed onto business cards, websites and tshirts. Set up a Facebook page and a Twitter account as social media is an excellent marketing tool. Post pictures of you and with their consent, your happy clients. Consider advertising in your local newspaper and hold events and offer specials to help spread the word when you’re first starting out.

To summarise: Choose an accredited Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification then select a variety of additional CPD courses to make you a versatile and potentially high earning Personal Trainer. This will set you apart from other PT’s giving you maximum employment and earning potential. 


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