How to Become a Personal Trainer

The fitness industry has increased tenfold over the last 20 years. People are taking more of an interest than ever before in their personal fitness, and gym membership is growing year on year in the UK. If you're passionate about health, this could be the career for you. But how do you get started?

It’s no surprise that a career in the fitness industry is a popular option with those thinking of switching careers and those embarking on their first.

Whichever side of the coin you’re on it really benefits knowing what might be ahead.

To help you decide if it’s the right path for you here are 5 insider tips:


1. Pros Vs Cons

Draw up a advantages vs. disadvantages table, be honest about what you will enjoy and what the challenges will be. Do research online, and read some fitness blogs to see what people in the industry say. If the pros outweigh the cons, then this might be the right career for you! As a personal trainer you can decide the hours you work, but equally you can end up working longer hours than you expected. It's worth investing time in thinking everything through before you start out.

2. Shadow an experienced trainer

There’s nothing like getting hands on experience of what it’s like in the real world, so I definitely recommend visiting your local gym or leisure centre. Have a personal training session or two, or ask to shadow an experienced trainer. See what their day looks like, and ask as many questions as you want.  Why not call in or phone up and ask if you can watch and learn?

3. Seek to learn now

The access to guidance online nowadays in huge. While you think about your career path you can get a step ahead by reading blogs, articles or books in the fitness area you see yourself in. For starters if you see fat loss or bodybuilding as a niche, check out Amazon's top for the top 3 books on each.

Blogs like the personal training development centre ( or testosterone nation ( are all excellent resources.

4. Network now, capitalise later

If you build a strong network of other professionals now, it will help you later on. Use Facebook, Instagram and other social platforms to find professionals in your area and speak to them about your plans. Think about making links with people that serve your ideal customers like physical therapists, nutritionists and so on. You’ll be better primed in the future to serve clients while having a nice flow of referrals.

5. Have a clear plan

Changing or starting a new career is a big decision. Not having a clear vision in where you see yourself in 3, 6 or 12 months isn’t a good idea. The fitness industry can open doors to even more career progressions like a lead trainer, fitness manager or even if you fancied a year round trip on a cruise liner?

It’s one of the few careers that can really broaden your horizons.

Round up:

Ultimately it’s up to you to decide whether you’ll be a good fit in the health and wellness field. One things for sure, here at Lifetime we offer a fantastic platform with many options to work around your current commitments. 

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