HOW TO BECOME A PERSONAL TRAINER10 September 2018
Are you searching for a career that’s as rewarding as a great workout? One where you can make your own hours? One where you can help people change their lives for the better? One where you can leave the stuffy shirts and ties and dress skirts behind?
Well, the answer may be no further than your favorite gym. Because a career as a Personal Trainer is all those things and more. And there’s never been a better time to become one.
The personal fitness industry is booming! According to research from IBIS World there are more than 23,000 personal trainers in the UK, contributing to over £631 million in revenue. And that number is expected to rise as more and more health conscious people across the UK turn to Personal Trainers to lose weight, get fit, achieve life goals and more.
In fact, the industry is expected to keep growing at a steady pace of 2.8% every year. In addition to opportunities with some of the larger gym chains, there’s also a trend for people to join smaller, budget gyms, presenting you with many opportunities to jump in and start your own personal training business.
What Does a PT Career Look Like?
No two days are the same. No two clients are the same. One day you might help a client achieve a great personal milestone, or return to normal health from an injury, or lose the last few pounds of baby weight that just won’t go away.
Love to travel? Maybe you’ll become a personal trainer who works for a high-profile client, jet setting around the world.
And that’s just the start. Once you’re qualified to be a Personal Trainer, you can move on to specialisations, such as nutrition. Soon, you will possess the knowledge and passion to motivate any client to achieve any goal.
Getting qualified with Premier Global NASM will give you the confidence to train your clients just about anywhere. You could get employed by a gym, do freelance work within a studio, or run your own business wherever you see fit. It doesn’t have to end there, for example, you could work four days in a gym and spend the other two to three days working in client’s homes on a freelance basis.
And don’t worry about landing your first job as a Personal Trainer. Premier Global NASM offers an Employment Guarantee! Here are some of our amazing partner gyms who regularly hire our graduates:
Sound exciting? Here’s what you need to get started.
The UK’s Requirements.
In the UK, the two main qualifications you’ll need to become a Personal Trainer are a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing and a Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training, in addition to a first aid certification and personal trainer’s insurance.
The Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing enables you to prescribe, plan and deliver safe, effective exercise programmes within a gym or health club environment. This means that you will be able to work on the gym floor and deliver inductions to new members. Course topics include:
- An overview of anatomy and physiology
- The necessity for warm-ups and cool-downs
- The benefits of promoting physical activity and its virtues
- How to use equipment correctly
- The principles of effective training programmes
The Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training for OPTimum Performance is the most widely-recognised personal trainer qualification and represents the next stage in starting your own business or working in a gym as a trainer. This PT course and qualification will enable you to work as a personal trainer and charge for your training services. A prerequisite to taking the Level 3 Diploma is earning the Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing. Course topics include:
- Effective assessment of clients and delivering results
- Nutrition: weight management and loss as well as programmes around this
- Developmental and dynamic stretching techniques
- Myofascial techniques (muscle pain caused by irritation)
- Learn how to master the principles of evidence-based exercise programme design by learning NASM’s Optimum Performance Training (OPT ™) model, exclusive to Premier Global NASM.
Learn from the best. Be the best.
With over 50 years of experience, Premier Global NASM is the most widely recognised Personal Training Certification programme in the UK. Our flexible course delivery and in-person workshops are taught by world-class trainers and endorsed by ActiveIQ and CIMSPA.
If you want more information on our programmes, check out our prospectus here.
The Support & Opportunities Are Endless.
Becoming a personal trainer is a rewarding and engaging career choice that will ensure your own health, strength and wellbeing as well as your clients. Getting qualified with us is just the beginning, we offer several different Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses to constantly raise your game and boost your income when you’re ready.
You’ll be helping people lead a better life and feel better about themselves, so why not start now? For more information fill out the form here, we’d love to chat more about your new career as a personal trainer.