How to become a personal trainer

Are you a fitness freak? Do you want to see the passion turn into your profession? Do you want to spread fitness knowledge around you? There are a lot of people who don’t only want to be serious about fitness but also want this as a profession. If you are one of them, then we can help you out!

You are only 5 steps ahead to your career, stay tuned!

The certificate is a must-have

If you want this as your career, you need to be certified first. Customers always love to work with the people who are institutionally trained and knowledgeable. In this sector, the experience is also very important. Being a personal trainer will not be very easy, but if you get one certificate, then your process will be easier.

There are a lot of institutions and organization that afford your training for the fitness industry. Before you get into any course, complete the high school diploma or GED. There are a lot of certificates but the most popular ones are ACE, NASM, ISSA, ACSM, and NSCA. If you want to join any specific gym then first you have to learn which certificates are allowed to join that gym.

Mark a Sub Goal

Yes, your aim is to be a personal trainer. But after being a personal trainer, what will you work for? DO you want to have a room of some selected clients and work there on their fitness? Or do you want to work with selected clients individually? You have to keep in mind that a group fitness instructor and a personal trainer, though both of them are certified, are different.

You can choose any of them and the selection depends on your preferences. If you are unable to choose any of them or you like both of them then you have opportunities to do both works. Both of them require different certificates. Doing both of them together may cost you extra money. You can do one first and then do the other later. You can choose any of them that suits best for your career goals.


Now, let’s get into the money matter. We all know that courses are a little expensive and when the profession is out-of-the-league like personal trainer then you may have to face little more difficulties. These programs are not cheap. There are package bundles for the courses. They may range in between $400 to $1000.

The price basically depends on the organization you are taking a degree from, the course plan, the course type and the course period. If you want your course to be more specific and proficient then you can add up elements like online portal, texts, tests, and flashcards — the adding up of these elements you cost you a little more. If you do not have money and still you want to do the job, you can talk to any gym and manage them to sponsor you.

Get a Gym

Throughout the course, all you have to do is study. Once you get your certificate, your work will be to find your gym. If you want your own gym and have enough money, make your one. If you do not have, then you will get two options to go for. You can work for some corporations or you can work as an independent training supplier.

You can go to any corporation and have a job there. Get a contract there and work for some time. You can have your gym after having practical experience there. If you want to be an independent contractor, then you can find a gym that will allow you to be one independent contractor.

Practice makes a Man Perfect

If you get a certificate and do not work, the whole process and effort will go in vain. You have to keep practicing when you are at your gym. You cannot expect everything to be perfect in 7 days. You have to get practical experiences and continue trying to be perfect.

Do not behave that you know everything about the work. As you are a new trainer, always keep the door open for gaining new things. Get insurance as fast as you can. It is better to be safe now than being sorry later. Working in a gym may cause harm to your body and so you have to be prepared for safeguarding your body and lessen the damage.

The most important thing you need to be a Personal Trainer is determination. You have to be determined and know that your path will not be easy but you have to do it. You have to keep putting effort and keep your interest alive!  Get more fitness tips and guides at Pushtofitness.

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Peter is a freelance writer with more than eight years of experience covering topics in politics. He was one of the guys that were here when the started.