Becoming a Personal Trainer

Becoming a Personal Trainer

Enjoy health and fitness and find yourself in the gym a lot? Have you considered turning the passion for fitness and training into a career? Why not consider becoming a personal trainer?

Once you have made the decision to become a personal trainer it can be a little daunting so we have put together a little guide to what you need to consider on your path to begin your dream career. Becoming a personal trainer isn’t just a case of calling yourself one or updating your Instagram account and putting “PT” at the end of your username.

The main role of a personal trainer is supporting and motivating clients to reach their training/fitness goals. You’ll help them identify targets and plan individual training to help them meet their goals based on their lifestyle and availability. Due to these responsibilities, we would hope that anyone who looks into becoming a personal trainer has a few personality traits which will make you a good prospect for this new career choice. Being a “people person”, inspiring and able to manage your own diary effectively are all important characteristics.


In the UK there are two formal industry-recognised qualifications you need to become a personal trainer. Firstly you have the level 2 gym/fitness instructor certificate. This is seen as an introduction qualification for the health and fitness industry.

Key Topics Covered

  • Anatomy & Physiology for exercise
  • Supporting clients who take part in exercise
  • Health & safety within a fitness environment
  • Principles of exercise, fitness and health
  • Planning gym-based exercise
  • Instructing gym-based exercise

Once you have completed this the natural progression is to move onto the level 3 personal trainer certificate. This takes the key knowledge learned at level 2 and further expands on it.

Key Topics Covered

  • Enhanced Anatomy & Physiology
  • Nutrition for physical activity
  • Interview/screening clients
  • Programming personal training
  • Delivering personal training sessions
  • Advanced resistance & cardiovascular training techniques

It’s possible to start working in gyms upon completing the gym instructor qualification. Being able to work with clients while studying towards your final pt qualification can be an advantage but it isn’t a requirement. The good thing about most courses these days is that they can be studied for around existing work and family commitments, so you don’t need to worry about taking lots of time away from your existing job and risk loss of earnings.


Once qualified you will have a number of different options available to you. One of the main reasons people are drawn to become a personal trainer is because of the opportunity to start your own business, a self-employed personal trainer can work the hours they want, work where they want and with the clients they want. This, of course, gives you the freedom you’ve likely craved when working office or factory jobs in the past.

The second most common option is working within a gym. Either being employed by them or paying rent to work and train clients in the gym. The most recent “State of the UK Fitness Industry” report has shown a further increase in gym facilities as well as an increase in gym memberships.

Our partners’ Gym Career are always on hand to ensure help with employment, C.V. support and career advice to make sure that you are best prepared when looking to put your new qualifications into practice.

Again the advantage of being a personal trainer as we mentioned above you can work the hours that suit you. So if you decide that you want to train clients in the evening, then it’s possible you can continue your existing job alongside your budding career. Once you have the clients and the confidence then you can start to increase your pt hours and decrease or even quit your existing work commitments.

Are you interested in becoming a personal trainer? If you have any more questions call 01516916680 for more information