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How to Become a Personal Trainer

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 | Author: Georgia Cunningham-Oakes

Have you ever wanted to take your passion for fitness, turn it into a profitable career and become a personal trainer?

Do you think that you have what it takes to help people be happy in their own skin? Finally, of course, who wouldn’t want to make their work, a workout?  Well, you can! 

How?

Firstly, it helps to have a passion for fitness. If you go to the gym regularly and are just an all-around fitness fanatic, then you’re heading in the right direction!

That said, you don’t have to be totally crazy about crunches or devoted to dieting. To become a personal trainer you just need to be a healthy person, with a drive to push yourself and others. Personal trainers, or fitness instructors, are often employed by gyms or fitness groups, but they can work for themselves. Your clients will each receive unique advice, training sessions, and you would tailor these sessions to meet certain goals and needs.

How much could I earn if I become a personal trainer?

The average starting salary for a personal trainer in the UK is roughly £19,000-£20,000 per year. For example, the higher earning personal trainers are often ‘Bootcamp’ instructors, weight loss experts or online personal trainers. In fact, earnings can also increase with experience; the longer you work as a personal trainer, the more knowledge you’ll gain. You’ll also start to learn what works for different clients and what doesn’t. Your clients will trust your expertise. For this reason, most fitness instructors can charge more per session. Usually, personal trainers can charge from £15-£40 per hour, depending on their knowledge and background. Honestly, who doesn’t want to make money and get fit at the same time?

Does the process take a lot of time?

The best part is that if you’re looking to become a fitness instructor, you don’t have to have all the time in the world. Most fitness instructors have very flexible lifestyles. You can even gain a recognised qualification from your own home through distance learning. You don’t have to let your time restraints or work hours stop you from pursuing your perfect career.

Do I have to go down that road?

In gaining the qualification to become a personal trainer, your knowledge can lead you down several different career paths. Firstly, you could start by becoming a part of your local gym. Then you could look into starting a business, maybe opening a Bootcamp by yourself or with other personal trainers.

When you become a personal trainer you will learn the basics of nutrition and exercise. You’ll learn how to motive people into maintaining their personal health, as well as maintaining your own. On another hand, you’ll develop knowledge of human anatomy. Because of this you could even take your expertise and apply it to becoming a wellness coach, helping people to not only improve their strength but overcome habits such as smoking. You could even be helping to control medical conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes.

Where do I start?

So whilst your writing your meal plans and putting your overnight oats in the fridge, why not look at putting your passion and talent into something you can show for it. Start with an Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing which you can study online, and kick start your new career in the fast growing health and fitness industry today.

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