Step 1. Apply for personal training jobs or become a freelance personal trainer
Once you have passed your exam and qualified either as a Personal Trainer, you will need to take your time to decide which type of gym and environment you would like to work in. This could be:
1/ A personal trainer employed by a gym or fitness centre
2/ A freelance personal trainer
Step 2. Set up your personal brand and market yourself (marketing plan checklist)
As a personal trainer, turn yourself into a brand to increase your business exposure and stand out from the crowd.
Here are the best ways to start off increasing your brand exposure and your inflow of clients:
Set up the following:
- Facebook business page, share it with your friends
- Twitter page
- YouTube page (optional)
- Instagram page
- Professional LinkedIn pages and begin adding your connections
- Create a website to promote your services
- Create a blog to engage your audience with knowledge and professional advise.
- Sign yourself up to Personal Trainer registers like REPs, CIMSPA or NRPT.
Step 3. Get ready for your first client
You will need to be professional from the word ‘go’ and need to be fully prepped and ready for when you have your first client!
This can be a really exciting time as you will finally see the fruits of your labours being rewarded, and most importantly embarking on a career which is rewarding, fulfilling and most importantly enjoyable!
Step 4. Enroll on CPD courses (optional)
Continually increase your knowledge of health and fitness and broaden your qualifications by going back to a training provider and completing CPD courses (continued professional development).
Most UK companies that offer personal qualification courses also provide CPD courses (continued professional development), allowing you to add-on and tailor your qualification with add-on courses, after you have qualified as a personal trainer.
Thanks for reading! If you have any questions drop us an email and we will do our best to get back to you ASAP. We have also created a mini FAQ for a career as a personal trainer below.
Personal Trainer FAQ:
Q: Why would I want to become a personal trainer?
A: What reasons are making you consider becoming a personal trainer? Are these professional reasons like being your own boss, or perhaps more personal reasons like inspiring and motivating others towards a healthy lifestyle? Or is it simply a love for fitness?
It only takes a couple of seconds to think of reasons why you would want to become a Personal Trainer! Here are 10 reasons that would persuade anyone to begin or change their career and become a personal trainer!
- Being a personal trainer, you have the opportunity to meet and work with different, people every day!
- …As a result, you will build new and exciting relationships!
- You can really change people’s lives for the better, making a career in personal training an extremely rewarding and satisfying job!
- The opportunity to teach like-minded people and become a role model to your clients – inspiring others to follow a healthy living lifestyle
- You get to work on your own terms, become your own boss and you control your own salary (my favourite aspect of a PT career!)
- Set your own working hours, only work when you want to!
- Increase your hours to maximize your earning potential, or perhaps work reduced hours and spend more time with the family. It’s your choice…
- Become part of an exciting, thriving and rapidly growing industry – and the job security that can come with it
- For many years, there has been a consistent, strong demand for high quality personal trainers in the UK – and this demand is growing year on year!
- Being a PT is a dynamic, fast-paced job – You don’t spend your whole career living inside an office! – Life needs to adventurous, and personal training can provide adventure and unexpected opportunities throughout your career. Not many jobs can do this
Q: Have I got what it takes to become a personal trainer?
A: To be a successful personal trainer, you will need to have a wide range of skills and abilities to really thrive in the fitness industry. It’s great to be able to stand out from crowd!
Unfortunately, not everyone is cut for this type of job.
My top 10 skills you will need to become a successful Personal Trainer include:
- Good time management
- Determination and a drive to help others and build your client base
- Plenty of patience
- A positive mental attitude
- Good marketing skills
- Good social skills – being able to work with different people, often in 1 to 1 situations
- Passion in fitness, physiology and body function
- Strong underlying knowledge of health and fitness
- Good business skills allowing you to grow and maintain your client base
- Enthusiasm and willingness to learn
Many of these skills/qualities can be learnt with the right guidance and support.