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Looking for a varied and exciting role? Do you have a strong passion for fitness? Becoming a personal trainer could be the perfect solution.

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Looking for a varied and exciting role? Do you have a strong passion for fitness? Becoming a personal trainer could be the perfect solution. The fitness industry offers qualified and proactive professionals opportunities to motivate clients and help others achieve their health goals.

Better still, you don’t need a degree for this career because anyone can invest in fitness qualifications or undertake a personal training course. However, motivation, dedication and a willingness to learn are all important factors in setting yourself up for success.

So, to get you started on your journey, we’re about to reveal some valuable lessons that will set you on the path to becoming a personal trainer.

First, let’s find out what being a fitness industry professional entails.

What do personal trainers do?

Personal trainers work with individuals or groups to help them achieve health and fitness goals. The job offers a lot of variety, as you might specialise in a particular training area or work with a group of people such as new mums or seniors.

Here are just some of the typical duties fitness professionals have.

Goal setting

Trainers support their clients in establishing specific goals and meet them through regular fitness sessions and lifestyle changes. For example, a client might want to lose 10 lbs, and it’s your job to make that far-reaching goal more measurable.

Fitness assessment

Trainers conduct initial assessments to evaluate clients’ fitness levels, strengths, weaknesses, and overall health. These assessments may include measurements, body composition analysis, flexibility tests, and cardiovascular fitness assessments.

Custom workout plans

All clients have varying needs and fitness abilities, so personal trainers have to tailor workout plans to suit each person. The plans also have to consider potential risks, such as an individual with bad knees or recovering from a heart attack.

Exercise instruction

Trainers demonstrate proper exercise techniques and provide instructions to clients to ensure they perform exercises safely and effectively. Supervising clients during workouts, offering guidance on form and teaching people proper lifting techniques will be part of your everyday activities.

Motivation and support

Personal trainers provide ongoing motivation, encouragement, and support to keep clients focused and committed to their fitness journey. You might encounter clients with confidence issues, and you’ll need to help them overcome obstacles, set realistic expectations, and celebrate milestones.

Progress tracking and guidance

Trainers monitor clients’ progress regularly by tracking measurements, fitness improvements, and other relevant data. The role will also involve nutritional guidance and teaching clients healthier eating habits to improve the outcome of their fitness journey.

As you progress through your career, you might also decide to get a specialist certification in nutrition which would also allow you to create meal plans for people.

Adaptation and progression

As clients improve their fitness levels, personal trainers adjust and progress their workout plans to ensure continued challenge and development. You might introduce new exercises, increase intensity, and modify routines to build an individual’s skills and muscles.

Education and professional development

Personal trainers should also stay updated on the latest research, fitness trends, and training techniques through ongoing education. It’s essential to equip yourself with further knowledge and be willing to undertake further training to gain more experience.

Personal trainers play a vital role in helping individuals achieve their fitness goals by providing expertise, guidance, and motivation throughout their fitness journey.

If you decide to pursue this career, you’ll be a mentor, educator and motivator, which is why so many personal trainers love their jobs.


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Top lessons for new and aspiring personal trainers

So, now you know what personal training is all about, it’s time to look at how you can build a successful career. To succeed in the health and fitness industry, you must be willing to update your skills and motivate clients.Remember, the most successful trainers can make a lot of money and work with high-value clients. Following our lessons will give you everything you need to prepare for a long and rewarding career.

  • Get certified

    Get certified

    • OK, this one is a no-brainer - but the right personal training qualifications make a massive difference to your employability. Always check to see if training providers offer proper certifications, as some online colleges will give you knowledge of the industry, but you won't have an accredited personal training certification.
    • Most newbies start with the Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing, as it's an entry-level course that qualifies you to work as a gym instructor. If you want to become a qualified personal trainer and have more responsibility in your role, the Level 3 Personal Trainer certificate is a great course.
    • As your career progresses, you can also cement your skills with a Level 4 Personal Training diploma, an advanced qualification.
    • All of the above courses align with industry standards, and CIMSPA approved.
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  • Understand individual client needs

    Understand individual client needs

    • A personal trainer qualification is one piece of the puzzle, but you should treat each client individually. The role requires excellent communication and empathy, as each client has different goals, abilities, and limitations.
    • Learning how to listen to personal training clients and tailor training plans to suit their unique needs will set you apart from other trainers and demonstrate professionalism.
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  • Effective goal setting 

    Effective goal setting 

    • A significant part of personal training services is helping clients to set and meet goals. Motivation is integral to success, and trainers break down a goal into individual steps that make them more manageable.
    • Collaborate with your clients to define their goals and create a roadmap to success that both parties can follow. For example, if someone wants to improve their muscle mass, you should have clear, measurable steps to keep your clients focused.
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  • Be a good listener

    Be a good listener

    • Effective communicators are essential for building rapport with clients and developing strong professional relationships. As a fitness professional, you need to consider each person's needs and ensure they have ongoing support to thrive.
    • If you don't listen to your clients and treat them as human beings, they might leave you bad reviews and choose another personal trainer. Luckily, learning great communication skills is easy, and courses will teach you how to interact with clients.
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  • Adapt and learn 

    Adapt and learn 

    • The fitness industry is constantly evolving, with new research and trends emerging regularly. Personal development ensures you always stay ahead of the curve and can offer clients the most up-to-date advice and techniques.
    • Keep up with the latest advances and learn from more experienced fitness instructors. It might be learning to use different fitness equipment or working with a different demographic, but embracing each opportunity to develop professionally will set you apart from other trainers.
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  • Keep things fresh and interesting 

    Keep things fresh and interesting 

    • Nobody likes to be bored, and fitness instruction should be a fun experience for everyone involved. If exercise sessions are mundane or the same each time, your clients will lose motivation and fail to get the same results.
    • Ensure you incorporate variety into your training programs using different equipment and techniques. It's also a good idea to ask your clients which music they like, as it shows you care about their needs and improves their willingness to participate.
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  • Safety first, always 

    Safety first, always 

    • Each client should always have an initial assessment so you can learn more about them. It doesn't have to be a practical assessment, but you should ask about their current level of physical fitness, any conditions that might impact their ability to perform exercises and whether they have an illness such as diabetes.
    • Understanding common injuries that can occur from exercise and creating a safe environment for clients will ensure you have a successful fitness career.
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  • Be assertive 

    Be assertive 

    • People invest in personal training sessions because they want to see lasting results and become healthier, so a significant part of your role will be to provide emotional support and hold each client accountable.
    • Being assertive allows you to communicate with others in a respectful yet confident manner to get the right results. However, remember to encourage your clients and celebrate each success because positive reinforcement is a great motivator.
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  • Be on time 

    Be on time 

    • Efficient time management is vital in the personal training profession, as no client wants to wait around. Balancing your schedule effectively and planning workouts ensures you can accommodate your clients and make time for yourself.
    • Personal trainer burnout is a real problem in the industry, but finding a work/life balance that suits your needs will help you avoid it.
    • Many trainers utilise software that helps them plan workouts and manage bookings.
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  • Decide what you want from your career

    Decide what you want from your career

    • There are plenty of career paths available for personal trainers - but which is best for your needs? Some trainers prefer to work for gyms and fitness clubs, while others decide to be their own boss. If you like being self-employed, building a solid client base is essential for your success.
    • You'll also need to adopt a business mindset and utilise various online and offline marketing strategies to promote your services and attract potential clients.
    • Leveraging social media platforms, creating informative content, and establishing partnerships with local businesses or community organisations can kickstart your personal training business and give you plenty of growth opportunities.
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  • Be ambitious

    Be ambitious

    • There are so many personal training courses out there, and you can develop your skills to specialise in a specific area. For example, some trainers work with professional athletes, while others might invest in a trademarked course and become Zumba teachers.
    • Another popular route is to become a professional Pre and Postnatal trainer and help expectant or new mothers to maintain their fitness.
    • There's so much you can do, so keep your eye out for new opportunities and embrace the continual learning journey.
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The Fitness Circle support team & materials

With a personal tutor on hand to help you learn with us, we ensure that you are not alone during your studies.

Tutors with industry experience

Our tutors are dedicated, knowledgeable and best of all,
have personal training experience.

Comprehensive learning materials

  • Premium learner manuals
  • Dedicated support tutor
  • Detailed study guide breaking down the course
  • Vast range of mock theory exams
  • Simplified templates for case-study assessments
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Experience Class

  • Way 2 Fitness Work

    ”The support and the knowledge given allowed me to start working in the industry straight way. I have and will continue to recommend their services to anyone looking to get qualified.”

    Way 2 Work 

    Basketball Coach & PT

  • Nuna’s Nutritionist

    “I chose the The Fitness Circle because I could study the whole course online, in my own timeframe, which worked well with my schedule. It was a great experience.”

    Nuna’s Nutrition


  • Helle Hammonds Celebrity Personal Trainer

    “I qualified as a PT with The Fitness Circle over 10 years ago and will still recommend them to this day.”

    Helle Hammonds

    Celebrity Personal Trainer

  • Tom ‘Kong’ Watson Personal Trainer

    “The Fitness Circle will teach you everything you need to know to get you started in a career in Personal Training”

    Tom ‘Kong’ Watson

    Former MMA Champion



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Undoubtedly, a career in the fitness industry offers long-term stability and plenty of growth options, making it a fantastic option for enthusiasts. If you’re looking for the best personal trainer courses, The Fitness Circle has you covered.

Our courses go from entry-level to expert; you can complete them independently. Better still, our online learning resources are second to none, with a dedicated tutor support team who will offer advice and support whenever you need it.

The Fitness Circle’s personal training courses offer interactive lessons delivered by a certified personal trainer and ongoing support so you can build your skills.

Better still, you can invest in a personal training career without worrying about saving money, as our courses offer flexible funding options.

Enquire today and get ready to enjoy a highly rewarding career as a qualified personal trainer.

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