When it comes to careers that are rewarding, challenging and inspiring there aren’t many out there that would beat a career as a personal trainer!
Not only do you get to be fit, strong and healthy yourself, you’ll get to help others feel fab too! As a personal trainer, you’ll work one-on-one with a range of clients from all walks of life and develop a bond that helps you motivate them to reach their fitness and lifestyle goals.
When you wake up in the morning, you’ll be able to look forward to the day ahead, the different clients you’ll train and the fun (but challenging) routines you’ll put them through! It’s safe to say that a career as a personal trainer has a lot to offer!
If this sounds like the career for you, read on to find out how to become a personal trainer!
Every year, hundreds of people across the UK choose to upskill or reskill for an exciting new career as a personal trainer. Recent reports state that there are currently over 13,500 registered personal trainers in the UK and yet still more are needed to fill the demand in the fitness industry. Why is this?
As the country embraces a fitter and healthier lifestyle, the demand for more gyms and qualified fitness professionals increases. In fact, 2018 alone saw an increase of 4.6% in the number of fitness facilities across the UK. There are now over 7,000 gyms in the UK for the first time ever, and the number of gym members has now hit the 10 million mark! It’s an exciting time to be a part of this rocketing industry!
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Becoming a Personal Trainer
So, how do you get started?
First things first, you’ll need to qualify with a level 3 diploma in personal training. The good news is that you don’t have to head back to uni to study, only to be thousands of pounds in debt when you graduate (not to mention the years of delay to your career whilst you study).
It’s worth researching reputable training providers that offer fast-track courses to teach you everything you’ll need to know to become a personal trainer, with expert tutors, in a much quicker timeframe.
Not only are these courses much cheaper than their university equivalent, you’ll benefit by getting the full backing of the career support team who introduce you to some of the biggest gyms in the fitness industry ready for when you graduate!
Rather than spending on average 12-24 months in a classroom, you could be qualified and on your way to your exciting new career in as little as 5 weeks!
The fun doesn’t have to stop once you’ve graduated from your level 3 diploma course either! One of the top reasons that many people choose to become a personal trainer is the limitless earning potential available to you.
To boost your appeal and reach to a variety of new clients, you can study CPD courses to specialise in areas such as kettlebell training
, bootcamp workshops
and gym-based boxing, to name a few.
Being qualified in these specialist areas not only helps you boost your personal training business
(and greatly increase your income) it also gives you further tools to offer new and existing clients a wide range of training styles to keep them motivated and interested in their sessions with you.
Learn more about the top CPD courses all personal trainers should cover
Finding Career Happiness
There are many reasons that more people than ever before are choosing to upskill or reskill for a complete career change and become a personal trainer - one of the top reasons is personal satisfaction and career security.
Reports show that over 42% of personal trainers feel secure in their jobs and 51% say they don’t feel stressed at work, compared to just 20% of office workers. This is largely due to the fantastic flexibility available in a career like this.
Did you know that approx. 80% of personal trainers work on a freelance basis? The benefits of becoming your own boss is that you get to choose the days and hours you work – perfect for fitting your career around your personal life.
Your earning potential is only limited by yourself too; the more you work, the more you’ll earn…but this doesn’t have to mean working 16-hour days to pay the bills!
By being qualified in areas such as bootcamp workshops for example, you could train around 10 clients at a time for an hour’s session, once a week. If each client paid on average £10 per session and signed up for a 6-week course, you’d be earning £600 in 6 weeks! Grow that class to 20 clients and you’re looking at earning £1,200 for 6 hours of work (spread over the 6 weeks). Add in a few spinning and gym-based boxing classes of similar numbers and all of a sudden you’re earning around 2-3 thousand pounds a month!
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To add a super boost to your career, you could opt to study for your level 4 Diploma in Strength and Conditioning. This elite qualification puts you in the top 10% of personal trainers in the UK and opens up opportunities to train professional sports teams and athletes!
If you’re ready to take the plunge and begin a career in an area you are truly passionate about, download our free prospectus today; learn more about course options and how we can help you start your new career in fitness!