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The HFE Guide To Becoming A Personal Trainer

The fitness industry is truly booming and currently it's worth well over £4 billion. New trends are emerging daily, new gyms and clubs open every week and it really seems like the possibilities are endless, particularly when it comes to employment opportunities. Without a doubt, the most-sought after role in the fitness industry is that of the personal trainer. They really are seen the cornerstone of the fitness industry and what they can do for clients is unmatched. Day in, day out PTs are there in gyms, clubs, parks and even on cruise ships helping clients achieve their goals and inspire lasting change.
Now more than ever we're faced with epidemic levels of chronic illnesses, obesity and sedentary behaviour. At the same time however there have been global shifts in our attitudes towards health and fitness - people in their millions are looking to eat healthily and get in shape. Personal trainers need to be at the ready to help a range of people of varying ages and exercise abilities. This journey to join the fitness elite and truly help others starts with having the right personal qualities.

It's one thing to occasionally go to the gym and strive to eat five portions of fruit and veg a day, but another thing entirely to fully immerse in your health and fitness. Becoming a leading personal trainer requires passion and dedication, an unwavering commitment and the burning desire to constantly educate yourself, even in the face of 6am starts and 9pm finishes.

If you think you have those qualities and aren't off-put by what it takes then the next step is to get qualified.  The Level 2 Gym Instructor course is where newcomers to vocational fitness qualifications need to start. Once this has been achieved you can progress to the Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training, arguably the most popular vocational fitness qualification available.

For those looking to further upskill and advance further there are other specialisations to consider such as working with older adults or pre and postnatal clients, there's even GP/exercise referral and Level 4 qualifications such as Obesity and Diabetes and Low Back Pain to consider. While there are a finite number of fitness courses and qualifications available, it's important to remember that the very best personal trainers never stop learning. Whether it's attending industry events, CPD workshops, reading the latest scientific journals or even stories online, PTs are always striving to keep their knowledge up to date.

While the road to getting qualified is long and often challenging, it opens up a near-limitless amount of amount of employment opportunities. They can easily be split into two categories: self-employed and (full/part time) employment. According to many recent reports self-employment is the most popular avenue for personal trainers. It's by no means for everyone but with this route comes a great amount of freedom and the ability to really be your own boss. The other route of employment does provide more security and PTs employed by gyms, clubs and other fitness facilities wouldn't have to worry about tax, paying rent and other financial aspects. On the other hand, you may end up working specific shift patterns and teaching group exercises classes.
In terms of where personal trainers can find work, there a plenty of avenues to explore:

  • CrossFit boxes
  • Cruise ships and holiday resorts
  • Charities and trusts
  • Education institutions - colleges, universities and schools
  • Leisure centres
  • Gyms and health clubs

Becoming a personal trainer is not only a potentially lucrative endeavour but it's also incredibly rewarding. PTs have the ability to transform the lives of clients and truly instil lasting change. If your interest is piqued and you feel like you have the drive and the right qualities, get in touch with HFE and learn more about their industry-leading personal trainer courses.

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