How to become a personal trainer

The first steps to becoming a Personal Trainer can be daunting that's why we have written this guide, to make this process easier.
So if you want to work as a Personal Trainer in a gym or as a freelance, you are in the right place.


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Step 1

Research the profession

Some people come into Personal Training with qualifications in Sports Science, others have worked as fitness instructors, and some come into Personal Training with no previous experience at all.

Either way, a Personal Training course will give you all the information you need to become a Personal Trainer, but an understanding of the subject and profession beforehand can help you in your training.

Step 2

Find a Personal Training Course

During your research for the right course it is important to choose the best training provider. With so many to choose from and such a range of prices and quality levels it can be a daunting task.

For this reason, we have developed a complete comparison checklist which is included in the getting started bundle to help you find the right personal training course and provider for you. Easily compare the UK’s top training providers.

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Step 3

Get Qualified

Our Level 2 Gym Instructor Course is the first step on your journey. What qualifications do I need to be a PT? 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 Course – Ideal 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

Once you have gained your Level 2 qualification, you will be in a position to get a job in a gym and gain experience as a Gym Instructor. In this job, you can build up your experience by shadowing Personal Trainers as they train clients or run group sessions.

This will give you some experience in the industry so once you are a fully qualified PT you already have a good level of experience and can gain employment or clients quicker.

4 people in a gym sessions (three in a lunge position)

Step 6

Start a business or seek employment

Once you are qualified there are multiple options for the type of employment you go for. Most PT’s start off working as an employed Personal Trainer inside health and fitness clubs and use this space to build up a client base.

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.

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Step 7

Build your client base

Building up a client base is really important as a Personal Trainer and there are a variety of methods you can use to do this.

  • Self-promotion on social media
  • Create a website and promote this on social media
  • Referral schemes – incentivise existing clients to recommend you to a friend
  • Word of mouth – do a great job and people will get talking about it
  • Run group classes and promote your PT services here
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