How To Become A Personal Trainer

Whether we want to put on weight, lose weight, get faster, be healthier or just feel better, the answer is usually ‘diet and exercise’ or some combination of these.

But that’s easier said than done. It’s hard to know what we should eat, which exercises are right for us and how much exercise to do. ‘Exercise more’ is the most commonly made (and broken) New Year’s resolution, so how do we make sure we stick to it?


Personal Trainers are there to solve all these problems. If you become one, you will become an expert in nutrition, exercise and even some psychology – and then put it all to use in the most practical way and obtain a fulfilling career.

What does a Personal Trainer do?

Personal Trainers create exercise and nutrition programmes tailored to their clients’ specific needs and then help clients stick to them.
It’s not just standing over someone shouting at them to do more press-ups!
Ultimately, it’s about helping people achieve their health and fitness goals.

What do Personal Trainers typically earn?

According to this up-to-date report by Payscale, the average salary for a Personal Trainer in the UK is £19,346. However, your wage will depend on individual circumstances, and there will be opportunities to earn more money.

Many factors can affect earnings, including your specialist qualifications, business know-how, location, hours worked and more.
The biggest factor in deciding your income, however, is whether you’re working for someone else or have managed to build your own brand. Those who manage to create a self-sustaining client list can earn as much as any doctor or lawyer.

How do I get started as a Personal Trainer?

Most trainers start out in a chain gym as freelancers. You’ll pay the gym a fee in exchange for access to their customers. Some of them will want to pay to train with you, so this part of the job involves some salesmanship and hustle.

Before you brush up your CV and start sending it to gyms, you first need to pass an approved qualification in Level 2 Fitness and Level 3 Personal Training. There are currently fifty-six different providers of accredited personal training courses in the UK.

Make sure you choose one based on how much it costs, on the reputation of the provider, and whether the learning mode (online or in-person) is suitable for you.

What key skills do I need to become a Personal Trainer?

Of course, you should be in good shape and able to demonstrate all kinds of exercises. But fitness isn’t the most important skill.

People skills are crucial. To become a Personal Trainer, you need to be great in connecting, empathising, motivating and inspiring people.

To succeed in personal training as a business, you will also need business skills. Top-notch financial, organisation and time management abilities are therefore essential.

In short, you need to be well organised and good with people.