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How To Become a Personal Trainer

Becoming a Personal Trainer can be an incredibly rewarding career, transforming both your life and the lives of your clients as you help them achieve their health and fitness goals.

When you opt to train and qualify as a Personal Trainer through Future Fit, you are teaming up with the most trusted provider of fitness qualifications in the industry. We’ll support you not only in obtaining your qualifications, but in helping you build your career through ongoing support, training and additional qualifications.

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What do you need to do to become a Personal Trainer?

To become a personal trainer you will already be qualified as a Fitness Instructor from a recognised Level 2 Qualification. These may be known as:

  • Level 2 Gym Instructor Certification
  • Level 2 Gym Instructor Qualification
  • Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing

To fully qualify as a Personal Trainer you would also need a Level 3 Personal Training Qualification which is recognised by CIMSPA. These may be known as:

  • Level 3 Personal Trainer Course
  • Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training
  • Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training & Fitness Instructing

Understand more – What is a Level 3 Personal Trainer Course?

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Step 2

Find a Personal Trainer Course

During your research for the right course – it is important that you choose the best training provider. Comparing different schools and understanding which one is the best, can be a daunting task when looking to become a personal trainer.

For this reason, we have developed a complete comparison checklist to help you find the right personal training course and provider for you and we have compared the top UK personal training courses providers.

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Step 3

Get Qualified

Our Level 2 Gym Instructor Course is the first step on your journey. However, to become a Personal Trainer, you need to achieve the industry standard Level 3 Personal Training qualification. All of our personal training courses have been designed for those who want to become personal trainers and be able to provide high-quality personal training above industry standards.

  •  Level 2 Gym Instructor CourseIdeal for beginners training to become a Fitness or Gym Instructor or as a starting point for a Personal Training qualification.
  • Level 3 Personal Trainer Course
    Perfect for anyone who wants to become a respected, specialist fitness professional.
  • Level 4 Elite Personal Trainer Course
    Gain the highest industry status as an Advanced Personal Trainer with Level 4 status.
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Step 4

Get Insured

Without insurance, you won’t be able to train people in most gyms and if your client is injured, you will be liable for any costs. Find yourself a reputable insurance company and make sure that you update this annually.

By getting insured you protect yourself against claims arising from third parties or damages. Insurances also cover public liabilities, professional indemnity, sports equipment, personal accidents and loss of earnings.

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Step 5

Gain Work Experience

You can begin your PT career by seeking employment as a Gym Instructor, or volunteering at your local health club, shadowing the trainers there.

The other option to earn a personal trainer salary is to get job interviews through Future Fit’s guaranteed interviews scheme.

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Step 6

Start a business or seek employment

Kickstart your personal training career with some of the UK’s leading gyms and health clubs who are recruiting our course graduates such as Virgin Active, Nuffield Health and xercise4less.

Self-employed Personal Trainers can either pay rent to a gym to work in their space, or they may have their own personal training studio. Some also choose to train in public spaces or could go to their client’s homes to train. 

There are benefits and drawbacks to both types of work – a self-employed person gets to keep all the money they earn and has much more freedom over who, when and where they train, while an employed person has job security and a steady income, for example. You gain all the skills and insight you will need with our Career Accelerator Package.

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Step 7

Build your client base

Personal trainers, of course, require customers, and although raising your profile through social media is a wonderful place to start, you’ll likely need to be more active if you want to attract new ones.

You can build a fitness blog, and of course, you have to learn also how to promote it.

Frequently asked questions

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