Personal Trainer Courses, Advice & All The Information You Need For Your New Career…
So you want to learn how to become a personal trainer? It’s a great and fulfilling career choice. At Personal Trainer World we hope to answer all the questions you might have on personal trainer courses (amongst other great advice!) and make your path a successful one.
You love keeping fit and you want to combine something you love doing with a career. Perhaps you have just left school or college and you are considering what to do. Or maybe you are just fed up with your current job and career path and want a complete change.
Well the good news is you have come to the right place. Personal Trainer World is here to become the ultimate one stop resource for everything you possibly need to become a personal trainer. We will guide you through everything you need to know from picking the right course to searching for jobs.
Why should you become a personal trainer?
Personal training is a fast growing profession. People with a passion for fitness are able to train as a personal trainer and work flexible hours doing the work that they love. You get to inspire and motivate other people to reach their goals and help them live a healthier and happier life.
What do you need to know?
There are a number of factors you must consider before starting on your personal trainer path. Below are some of the topics we will be covering to help you understand the important parts you need to consider.
There is a wide choice when it comes to personal trainer courses. Getting on the right course to launch your personal trainer career is your key to success. You must investigate each course and perform your research to find a course provider that you can trust and afford. Check out our handy guide here.
Of course the best way to really sell yourself is when you are armed with the right qualifications. If you search for this term online you will probably be presented with a wealth of different sites to visit. Whichever one you read you need to make sure that any personal trainer courses that you sign up to are accredited and valid both in the UK and abroad. The best way to be sure is to check with REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals). Read our guide to qualifications >>
If you are working as a personal trainer you will need some form of insurance. Whether you are self employed or working for a health club you need to be covered. If you are an employee chances are your employer will take care of this but it pays to be aware what cover you have, especially if you decide to take on some freelance work. Read our article on personal trainer insurance and make sure you fully understand what and why you need it.
Do you qualify to take part in an apprenticeship scheme? Are you struggling to find out if it is the best route for you? What is involved in a personal trainer apprenticeship? There are many questions that we cover right here.
A very important question to ask! Sure money isn’t everything when you are doing something that you love but it sure helps pay the bills. What you can earn as a personal trainer can vary depending on where and how you work. Read what we have to say about it.
Many people dream of being their own boss and being in control of their hours and choices. It offers a great deal of flexibility but with it comes added responsibilities. Will you be able to cope with the marketing? If you don’t get it right you won’t have any customers. Are you good at keeping up to date with your paper work and accounts? Should you have a website? It is worth being fully aware from the onset what you will need to do and know before you decide to go it alone. The rewards are large so it’s worth a consideration. We talk about it all here.
Do you have what it takes?
The role of a personal trainer should not be taken lightly. Although it is a fun profession to be in, you do have the serious responsibility of making sure you are completely competent and up to date with prescribing a fitness plan. You must fully understand how the human body works and what exercises and workouts are best suited to your client. This is all the information you will learn in any reputable personal training course.
Your own health and fitness levels
I think it pretty much goes without saying that YOU must also be in great physical shape. You will be their motivation, inspiration and role model. Of course, when I say great physical shape, it shouldn’t be taken as ‘skinny’ (unless that is your body type) it should mean you are in optimum shape for your body type. You should look healthy and feel energetic. You should be able to promote fitness as way to not only improve your body image but also demonstrate what it can do for a gaining a positive state of mind.
Aside from qualifications there are other skills you need to make it as a personal trainer. In order to connect with your clients you need to be caring, honest and inspiring. You must have excellent leadership skills and a great deal of patience and motivation to see your customers through the tough times. Not everyone enjoys fitness like you do, you need to recognise this and find a way to inspire them.
If you decide to go it alone and set up your own personal training business you will need to have, or be willing to learn, how to market yourself. Although in time new clients will come your way from work of mouth recommendations, in the beginning you need to get out there and sell yourself. Although personal training is an in demand service, you will face tough competition. You need to prove that you are the best they can get for their money. Don’t be put off by this though, with the explosion of social media and online visibility this is much easier to do than it once was, often for a fraction of the price. You just need to spend a bit of time learning how to do it and dedicate a small amount of your week to attracting new business.
As you continue your research on how to become a personal trainer, you will learn that although it requires hard work and training to fulfill this career path, it will also be a fulfilling, fun and rewarding job to have!