Personal trainers provide individual programmes for clients to enable them to achieve their personal health and fitness goals.
Personal trainers educate, motivate and coach clients to help them follow their programmes safely and effectively, and advise them on health, nutrition and lifestyle changes on a one to one basis.
Initially personal trainers carry out a consultation to determine the client's fitness levels and health history. This enables them to set realistic short- and long-term goals and devise appropriate programmes to meet them.
Personal trainers usually work with clients in sessions, during which they help them with their workouts, typically using cardiovascular, strength or flexibility exercises. Often these exercises are freestyle and require extra coaching and support from the personal trainer. They monitor and record progress, using various methods such as measuring heart rate and body fat levels.
Personal trainers may work a 37-hour week, but this is variable as hours are allocated on a client-centred basis and can include evenings and weekends. Many personal trainers work within a number of clubs and travel time may increase the working week considerably. Many are self-employed and work hours to suit themselves and clients. Other trainers work as gym instructors and personal train outside their normal hours of work.
Personal trainers may rent space in a gym, have their own facilities or visit clients in their own homes.
To be a personal trainer you should:
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Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs)
8-10 Crown Hill
Tel: 020 8686 6464
Central YMCA Qualifications (CYQ)
112 Great Russell St
Tel: 020 7343 1800
National Register of Personal Trainers
Premier Training International
Tel: 01225 353535
Premier International Qualifications
Tel: 01225 717259
City and Guilds
1 Giltspur St
Tel: 020 7294 2800
Tel: 02476 851509