Becoming a Personal Trainer: How to Get Started

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You’ve decided to become a personal trainer, awesome! A career in Fitness Instruction and Personal Training is rewarding on so may levels: It’s lucrative, keeps you fit and lets you engage with a passion. It’s flexible, varied and involves you helping others to reach their goals which, ultimately, makes them happy. So, you have decided you are going to go for it. Great choice. But where do you start? We’ll tell you where. Although qualifying asks you for dedication and hard work, becoming a Personal Trainer is easier than it has ever been.

What Skills Do I Need?

What is great about this journey is that you can essentially start from nothing. Apart from being the right age to enter our courses, all we really ask is that you at least have an interest in fitness (although, we do recommend some gym experience). So, whether you have wanted to be a PT since you were three years old or you had a brainwave and decided that this was the job for you last night, you are welcome to come and get stuck in.

Level 1

This level is designed for those of you who want to get cracking early! If you are between the ages of 14 and 16, this is the one. Talk to us if you want to undertake this. It gives you a great foundation of knowledge about all areas of the fitness industry, including exercise, lifestyle and diet. It is a great springboard to so many different career paths; Nutritionists, Fitness Instructors, Sports Coaches and of course Personal Trainers (to name a few)!

Level 2

This is the course to really get you on your way. As long as you have finished secondary school or college, we’ll have you. Fitness and Instruction Level 2 isn’t just a course about fitness, it is a qualification that gives you all the skills you need to be ready for the working world and makes sure your career in Fitness and Training is a successful one. As well as gaining extensive knowledge about health, fitness and lifestyle, you will also cover Maths, English, Functional Skills, CV Writing and Interview Technique.

On top of that there is real world work experience! If you choose out Traineeship option, you will stack up around 150 hours of industry work experience. If you choose the Apprenticeship option, then you will spend even more time working out in the world, and earn a wage whilst doing it.

What next?

Once you have successfully completed Level 2 there are so many paths you can take. We go all the way up to Level 4 and have plenty of specialist add-on courses to bulk out your skill set as you grow into your career.

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