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What does a Personal Trainer do?

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.

What's the working environment like working as a Personal Trainer?

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.

What does it take to become a Personal Trainer?

To be a personal trainer you should:

  • be determined and enthusiastic
  • be willing to learn new skills and committed to your own professional development
  • have good organisational skills
  • have good communication skills and an outgoing and approachable personality
  • have patience and the ability to motivate and enthuse people from a wide range of backgrounds
  • have a responsible attitude to health and safety
  • have knowledge of anatomy and physiology
  • be informed about nutrition and healthy diet
  • be tactful, diplomatic and discrete.

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Further information

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SkillsActive
Castlewood House
77-91 New Oxford Street
London
WC1A 1PX
Advice line: 08000 933300
www.skillsactive.com

Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs)
3rd Floor
8-10 Crown Hill
Croydon
Surrey
CR0 1RZ
Tel: 020 8686 6464
www.exerciseregister.org

Central YMCA Qualifications (CYQ)
112 Great Russell St
London
WC1B 3NQ
Tel: 020 7343 1800
www.cyq.org.uk

National Register of Personal Trainers
www.nrpt.co.uk

Premier Training International
Premier House
Willowside Park
Canal Rd
Trowbridge
Wiltshire
BA14 8RH
Tel: 01225 353535
www.premierglobal.co.uk

Premier International Qualifications
Unit 2
Willowside Park
Canal Rd
Trowbridge
Wilts
BA14 8RH
Tel: 01225 717259
www.premieriq.co.uk

City and Guilds
1 Giltspur St
London
EC1A 9DD
Tel: 020 7294 2800
www.cityandguilds.com

OCR
Tel: 02476 851509
www.ocr.org.uk