Getting Started as a Personal Trainer

Getting started as a personal trainer

Getting started as a Personal Trainer

OK, so you have the qualifications to proudly call yourself a personal trainer, but now what? It’s possible that you were so focused on working towards your qualifications that you didn’t give much thought to what the next steps would be. Nexus Training has got your back! We’ll share some information about getting started as a personal trainer.

Working in a gym

As we’ve discussed in the past there are a number of options available once qualified. The main decision you’ll have to make is whether you’re looking to stay independent or work in any number of gyms across the UK. Over the last couple of years, the “rent” policy that many gyms used to push on personal trainers has all but ceased. The large majority of gyms are now favouring the “Hourly sacrifice system” in which you have to commit to 15 hours (UK average) per week to the gym. This is mainly to carry out inductions for new members as well as other gym instructor type roles. These 15 hours aren’t paid but they contribute to your use of the gym around the hours that you agree too free of charge.

Given this scenario, it is also possible that the gym may have a set amount that they allow you to charge your clients again this is something worth discussing with the gym itself.

If this is something you’re considering then check out our recruitment partner GymCareer with the ability to upload a CV and hunt for the latest jobs in UK gyms.


Of course, the main reason why many decide to become a personal trainer (aside from the love of health and fitness) is the attraction of being your own boss. While some may be OK with working set hours each week in return for free use of the gym, others crave the freedom to work when and where they want to.

2017 saw an increase in the number of mobile personal trainers willing to travel to the client and carry out home workouts. With equipment such as kettlebells, resistance bands and suspension training kits it’s never been easier to train clients in non-gym environments.

Something else which is becoming popular is personal trainers setting up their own studios. Converting shops, lockups and even personal garages into suitable training environments for 1-2-1 clients or even small groups.

One popular method of raising awareness of your services is to run local boot camps. Allowing you to train a number of people at once on a weekly basis. From these classes, it’s common for one or two to request additional training to help them improve in the classes that you’re running.


With social media showing no signs of slowing in terms of popularity and YouTube being the second biggest search engine on the internet it makes sense that many personal trainers are making use of the world wide web and it’s many facets to help train and increase their client base. Weekly check-ins via Skype, email and Instagram make tracking easier. This can also prove to be a cost-effective method of hiring a PT for many clients.

What next?

So there are a number of different considerations once successfully qualified as a personal trainer. PT insurance and equipment aside. Gaining clients will likely be your first focus. Check out the common mistakes personal trainers makeThere is an abundance of courses available to continue your learning. Whilst we’re advocates for continual learning you should always make sure that the courses that you’re looking to complete once qualified actually have some relevance to you and your clients that you’ll be training. Don’t forget books, lectures and podcasts all contribute to our professional development.

Are you ready to become a personal trainer? If you have any more questions speak to our team of advisers on 01516916680 for more information.