5 Steps to Becoming a Personal Trainer: A Beginners Guide

Personal training is a fast growing industry. Flexible hours, doing something you love and helping people get fit are all reasons that more and more people are turning towards this career. Becoming a personal trainer is relatively straight forward, and our five steps to becoming a personal trainer will be sure to help you get started.

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1. Are you cut out to be a personal trainer?

Before you make the leap into a brand new career, you need to make sure that it is definitely for you. First you need to make sure that fitness is something you’re really passionate about. Just because you enjoy going to the gym occasionally, doesn’t mean that a personal training career is going to be right for you. You’re going to need to be committed and passionate to the cause. When training clients you will need to have good communication and listening skills, a lot of patience and be very motivational. You’re also going to need to be a good role model for your clients. Make sure that you are fit and healthy and in the best physical shape, you need to be able to train as hard or harder than your clients.

2. Get qualified

If you do think that you’re cut out to be a personal trainer, then its time to get qualified. Not many places will hire you if you don’t have any qualifications, and its always beneficial to learn more and know the most you can about what you’re teaching. There are plenty of courses that you can take part in to get qualified to become a personal trainer. Have a look at our post on the best value training courses in the UK. You’re also going to need to have a good understanding of how the human body works. Everyone’s body is different and will react differently to different things, but a good understanding will help you to cater workouts to individual clients. If you don’t know the basics, then you could end up giving clients exercises that are unsuitable for their abilities and which could lead to injuries. If severe enough, it could quickly bring an end to your personal training career. Make sure you also have an extensive knowledge of how to use the different equipment. Of course, these are things that you would be likely to cover when doing your qualifications, but it’s good to make sure you have a really good thorough understanding. If you don’t already know about the human body or equipment, then try and make sure you find a qualification that covers them.

3. Establish yourself and find a speciality

Personal training is becoming increasingly competitive, with more and more people turning to them for careers so you’re going to need to stand out. It’s first a good idea to decide how you’re going to train. Are you going to be a tough bootcamp style trainer, or are you going to take a more gentle approach to your clients? Pick what feels more natural to you. There’s no point choosing a bootcamp style approach if you’re naturally a bit quieter, because it just won’t have the same impact. Next, it’s a great idea to find a speciality.  For example, if you’re particularly interested in exercising for the disabled, then you could do more qualifications and become specialised in this field. It doesn’t mean you then only need to train those in that niche, but it will give you a wider range of people you can train, allowing you to stay competitive. Of course, here at PT Portal we offer a great profile feature with our personal training software. You are able to advertise your specialities and really sell yourself to potential clients. You will also be able to get reviews so that potential clients can see just what makes you great. Creating a profile with us will allow you to establish yourself as a credible personal trainer which will help you to gain more clients.

4. Get a job

Once you’ve done all your qualifications and found your training style, it’s time to get clients.  A good place to start is finding a job in a gym. It will allow you to gain creditability and experience, and will also allow you to see how other personal trainers train. It’s also a great place to start to get clients.  Gyms sometimes offer potential clients their first training session free, like an induction, so you can really sell yourself in this session. Make sure that you’re motivational, caring and really listen to what the client wants. To be successful you’re going to need to work up a good client base, so these free inductions are particularly useful to turn potential clients into actual clients.

5. Go it alone

Once you’ve established yourself in a gym and gained experience and creditability, you might want to branch off and go it alone. You could either continue training clients in the gym and some clients elsewhere or completely break off from the gym entirely. Gyms will take some of the money from the client, so going it alone will ultimately give you more revenue. If you have already established a good client base then some of your clients will be willing to leave the gym and continue training with you. If a large number of clients want to stay with the gym, you might want to consider still using the gym to train these clients.

When starting your own personal training business, try and get your name out there. Get your clients to tell their friends. You could consider giving out special offers for people that refer friends (for example, for every friend they refer, they could get a free training session). You could also give out flyers or get involved with social media, check out our post on using social media to increase client bookings. Going it alone may seem scary, but working up to a good client base is key to being successful. With personal training becoming such a competitive industry it’s a good idea to keep learning. There are always a wide variety of different qualifications and courses you can take part in, and with the fitness industry always evolving, you need to make sure that you are always up to date with the latest fitness trends taking hold.

 

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