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Personal Trainer Job Description

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Career Profile: Personal Trainer


Have you been thinking about a career as a personal trainer? Personal training and fitness instruction roles offer lots of opportunities and are an attractive career option for many reasons. In this post we will explore the role of a personal trainer and answer any questions you might have about this interesting career path!

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What does a personal trainer do?


Personal trainers work with clients in groups or one-to-one, to help them achieve their fitness goals. This work is sometimes done in a gym environment, though it can also be done outside – outdoor bootcamps are becoming more and more popular as a different take on group fitness.


As a personal trainer, your first priority is to understand your client’s situation and their fitness goal. Goals might include weight loss, increasing muscle, increasing strength, increasing flexibility or even recovering from an injury. You will also discuss your client’s limitations and any health issues they may have that restrict them from completing certain activities.


Next, you will create a fitness plan that is tailored to your client’s situation. This is where the fun begins! Now you are ready to show your client how to complete their exercises and will provide them with the support, motivation and feedback they need to keep going until they reach their fitness goal.


Some personal trainers, depending on their qualifications and experience, may also offer nutritional advice. It is also important to acknowledge that although a personal trainer’s role focuses on fitness and the human anatomy, some people have significant psychological barriers to reaching their fitness goals – a good personal trainer will have the ability to strengthen a client’s mindset as well as their body!


What qualifications do I need to become a personal trainer?


To become a personal trainer, you will need to study and there are a few different pathways you can take. Although you can complete a university degree to become a qualified personal trainer, this is not necessary as there are a number of FE (Further Education) courses that are on offer through colleges and private training providers. Some of these include:


  • Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing – Gym
  • Level 2 Diploma in Health, Fitness and Exercise Instruction
  • Level 2 Diploma in Instructing Exercise and Fitness
  • Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training
  • Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training
  • Level 4 Advanced Specialist Subject

Check out our page about becoming a personal trainer  for more information!


What about accreditations and insurances?


Once you have completed a recognised qualification, you may be eligible for registration through REPS, which is the Register of Exercise Professionals in the UK. This is a public register that provides assurance and confidence to the public and employers, ensuring you have the qualifications and expertise to undertake a personal training role. You can find out more information here.


As a personal trainer, you will need to have insurance. As an employee, this could be included in your work arrangement, however, if you are going out on your own or working as a contractor, you will need to organise your own insurance. Make sure you are covered for public liability and professional indemnity – speak to an expert to get advice specific to your situation.


What career opportunities are available?


There are lots of different career opportunities that are available to you as a personal trainer, which is why personal training can be a great career choice. Some of these lucrative options include:


  • Working abroad – there are lots of opportunities for qualified and experienced personal trainers to work abroad in Europe, Dubai and even on cruise ships! This is a fantastic way to see the world and perfect your craft at the same time.
  • Developing a personal brand – Personal training is a field that lends itself to people developing strong personal brands, which can help you to become incredibly successful, professionally and financially. Just check out our founder, Tirrel Grant , to see what we mean!
  • Flexibility and choice – Personal training offers you the option to choose your own adventure. You can decide whether you want to work for yourself or be employed though a gym. You can choose what type of clients you enjoy working with, where you prefer to work and you can even pick your own working hours. How’s that for some job perks?


As a personal trainer, how much will I earn?


Depending on how and where you are employed, your annual salary as a personal trainer can vary considerably. According to the European Personal Training Institute the average salary for a personal trainer in the UK is £19,468, though there are reports of salaries ranging from £10,000 to well over £60,000. Some of the deciding factors include:


  • How much experience you have
  • Which qualifications you hold
  • Whether you are on an annual salary or hourly rate
  • Whether you are self-employed, contracting or a full-time employee
  • Where you are working
  • Whether you have a specific niche
  • The type of clients you work with


Do you have any other questions about starting a career as a personal trainer? If you do, feel free to drop them in the comments and we can get back to you with an answer.