Top 10 Skills the Best Personal Trainers Have

For those who spend a big chuck of spare time researching and planning workout routines and maximising every gap in calendars to visit the gym, becoming a personal trainer sounds like the perfect job.

Successful personal trainers can achieve excellent financial rewards, become employed by a top gym, or work for themselves with full-time, part-time and self-employed work options all available upon qualification. You can even train to be a personal trainer in and around your existing job while you get yourself fully trained and qualified.

So, if you have a passion for fitness and you like the idea of helping others achieve their health and wellbeing goals, becoming a personal trainer can be an incredible draw.

Our experience of more than 20 years in helping personal trainers get qualified means we know what sets the best Personal Trainers apart from the rest.

Here are the top 10 skills every personal trainer should have:


As a personal trainer, you need passion for what you’re doing. That means living and promoting a healthy lifestyle across all areas of life. As a personal trainer, you’ll be helping your clients through rigorous physical exercises, and quite often the difference between failure and success is your sheer enthusiasm and drive.


Simply knowing how to get the best out of yourself isn’t enough as a personal trainer. You’ll have to be on the cutting edge of fitness and nutrition, with enough knowledge to give safe and successful information to your clients.


Being a personal trainer means communicating exactly how to do an exercise. Poor form can lead to injuries, and poor delivery can lead to bored customers.


Every client is different and they’re going to have different needs, so good listening skills are utterly essential. Hear what your client is telling you and tailor your approach effectively.


Being a personal trainer might seem appealing from a distance, but in reality, it requires a huge amount of self-motivation to get up every day and push yourself to achieve more than you did the day before.


Ultimately, your ability to find clients will come down to your self-promotion skills. That means making use of the web, physical advertising and your interpersonal skills to convince potential clients that you’re the right person to help them.


The most successful personal trainers all have one particular trait in common – leadership. As a PT, you’re leading your clients on a tough journey, and with a strong leader by their side, they’re much more likely achieve their goals.


Many personal trainers work with upwards of 10 clients at any given time, and that requires an effective planning skills. You’ll be drawing up fitness plans for your clients, keeping on top of who’s reached what point and making changes on the fly.


Many are drawn in by the self-employed nature of personal training, but as any self-employed person will tell you, that means being flexible in your availability. As a personal trainer, you’ll need to build your life around your clients and be extremely dependable.


It might sound simplistic, but as a personal trainer, you should lead by example. That means being in good physical shape and in a position to engage with all exercises you are teaching. Clients need an ideal to strive towards, and you must become that ideal.


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