What does it actually take to become a Personal Trainer? How about a PT Tutor? Our Nottingham and Peterborough Tutor has been both! He gives us the low down of his experience from both sides of the table!
Hey Hasit! How did your journey with The Training Room start?
About 4 years ago I took the 5-day course and loved it! I loved learning, in and out of the gym, and found the balance of practical and theoretical learning really useful - I’ve brought this experience of the classroom into my teaching style.
Why The Training Room?
And now you work for The Training Room as a Personal Training Tutor! What’s changed since you became a tutor with us?
OK…so I’m not just saying this because I’m now a tutor! But I chose The Training Room because of the 3 years careers support – I knew I’d be able to find a job when I graduated the course and that was a major selling point. When I graduated I got a job with PureGym and I never expected to work for The Training Room!
As a student, what were your biggest challenges?
At first I thought I’d really struggle getting through a 6-week course and not need to take loads of resits! I already knew a bit about physio and anatomy from my uni course which helped, but I saw the nutrition side as my biggest challenge – I made sure to study hard on my weaknesses and it really paid off. But anyone could come onto our courses, work hard and pass first time without that background knowledge, it’s all down to discipline and determination.
The format of the course has evolved to the absolute benefit of our students. By having a shorter course format, the emphasis is placed on our students to learn and be a success as a Personal Trainer when they’ve completed the course.
We also now have a state-of-the-art e-learning platform packed full with incredible resources for our students – I didn’t have anything like this as a student; it’s fantastic!
What’s the best thing about being a tutor with The Training Room?
It might sound cheesy, but the best thing about my role is seeing my students go on to achieve successful careers as personal trainers. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing your student work hard, take advice on board and put it to good use!
So as you’ve been both sides of the table – what advice would you give to our students?
Having gone through the experience first-hand and then teaching the course there are 2 big pieces of advice I’d give:
– if you want to pass your course in good time, you’ll need to knuckle down and put the work in. You’ll need to study at home, particularly with the theory side of things, but you’ll reap the rewards when you sit down for your exam!
If you get the theory, you can apply your own practical methods.
– Prepare! The personal trainer side of things involves being self-employed in some ways – you need to register yourself and get to marketing yourself with logos, social media pages and flyers; there’s a lot involved.
When you pass your course in 5-weeks you could have a job lined up ready for your 6th
week – will you be ready?
Ready to launch your personal training career and get started with your learning?
Learn more about becoming a qualified Personal Trainer here