Do you want to become a qualified personal trainer? Are you excited about the ability to help others reach their fitness goals? If so, what's standing in your way? We want to see you become successful, so that you can share that success with others around you - most notably your clients.
If your goal is to become a personal trainer this year, these 7 tips will help you become a qualified personal trainer soon.
- Start with a goal
- Know the requirements
- Create a plan
- Be patient with yourself
- Treat it like a business
- Avoid burnout
- Know how to market yourself
Tip #1: Start With A Goal
You want to be a personal trainer; that's the goal. However, you can further refine your goal to be more specific. This will help you have a clearer vision of where you want to end up and lay out a plan for how to get there.
Are you hoping to work with a certain client base - women, teens, or athletes? Do you have a passion for bodybuilding, or for working with people who are injured or physically impaired? Do you want to teach a specific kind of fitness class?
Knowing who you want to work with will help you concentrate on those key areas as you're moving through your training. Do you want to work full-time, or will working as a personal trainer be a part-time supplement to your income?
Do you want to work with a specific gym or do you want to take on private clients? If you'll be working with private clients, where will they train: in their home, or at a local park?
Take the time to think it through and consider where you'd actually like to end up. If the goal is simply becoming a personal trainer, that's great! On the other hand, if you have larger goals, you'll want to create a path that will help you reach them.
Tip #2: Know The Requirements
In the UK, before you can become a personal trainer, there are some prerequisites to keep in mind. Here’s a simple breakdown of what you will need:
- A Level 2 Certificate - this is a requirement before you take your personal training course.
- A Level 3 Qualification - this is the diploma that officially opens the door for your personal training career.
Level 2 Qualification
The Level 2 qualification is a prerequisite for all continued professional development courses and specializations.
In order to acquire your Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training for optimal results, you'll need to start with a Level 2 Certificate, which is a prerequisite for those courses.
You'll also want to be sure that you understand the legal requirements for personal trainers. If there's a specific gym you'd like to work for or a specific type of class you'd like to teach, make sure you fully understand the requirements for those areas as well.
Level 3 Qualification
In order to work as a personal trainer in the UK, you'll need a Level 3 Diploma for Personal Training. The training program necessary to acquire that diploma will provide you with vital knowledge about a number of areas of personal training, including:
- Designing workout routines
- The impact lifestyle habits can have on health and wellness
- Personal nutrition and how to help clients design nutrition programs
- Keeping your clients safe in the gym
- And more
Tip #3: Create A Plan
If you were working with a personal training client, you wouldn't let them simply come into the gym at random, do a little cardio on whatever machine was convenient, and lift a few weights based on what they "felt like doing" on a given day, right?
Of course not!
Your personal training clients need plans to help them meet their fitness goals, and if your goal is to become a personal trainer, you need a plan for yourself too.
Look at your goals, check out the requirements, then design a plan that will help you meet those goals.
- How long do you want to take before you start working as a personal trainer?
- How much time do you have to devote to studying?
- What are the steps that it will take you to reach those important goals?
Break them down then assign time limits to them. Even if you end up adjusting those time limits as you move through the process.
Remember, like your fitness clients, you'll need to keep your plans realistic. You can't transform your body overnight, and getting your certifications and finding work as a personal trainer won't happen that way, either.
When you have a plan you'll be able to work through your goals and measure your progress as you move toward that big goal at the end of your plan.
Tip #4: Be Patient With Yourself
Sometimes things get in the way and derail your journey. Think about clients in the gym.
Many times, they fail to reach their goals, not because they aren't trying hard enough but because of outside influences: poor understanding of nutrition, illness or injury, or even an increased workload that makes it impossible for them to get in the gym.
The same is true of your journey to getting personal training certifications.
If you're working your way through an online program like the ones we offer at Premier Global NASM, you may be able to work your way though in the blink of an eye, or you may find yourself struggling.
Illness can bog you down. Changes in your regular job or major life changes can all make it seem more difficult to reach your goals.
Keep trying anyway!
Remember, every step toward your goal is progress, even if it seems like it's taking far longer than you would have liked. Be patient with yourself and keep trying. You'll be there before you know it.
Tip #5: Treat It Like A Business
If you were starting a new business, (online or in-person) you would want to be sure that you're doing it right. You'd have a business plan, a plan for how to handle your finances, and knowledge of the insurance and other costs that could factor into your plan.
The same goes for your personal training business.
Do you know what type of insurance you're required to have? Will you need to carry it, or will the gym you're working for insure you?
How will you handle scheduling to ensure that you have adequate time to devote to every client?
When you treat your personal training plans like a business, you'll find that you're better prepared to deal with many of the day-to-day challenges that show up along the way, from tax documentation to scheduling. Set that plan in place from the beginning to help make the process smoother.
Tip #6: Avoid Burnout
When you first start on your journey to becoming a personal trainer, you're excited. It's a new opportunity, and it feels like the sky’s the limit!
You're eager to devote every moment you have to your personal training efforts, from working out yourself to ensure that your body is ready for the challenge to pushing fast and hard toward that certification.
Unfortunately, that's a surefire way to lead to burnout.
Before you know it, that sense of exhaustion will start to creep in. You'll want to skip sessions or push off classes. Becoming a personal trainer won't feel shiny and new, and you may not have the motivation to get there like you did when you started.
Pace Yourself and Set Boundaries
Have a system in place that allows you to take breaks, and don't pass on those breaks just because there's an opportunity dangling itself in front of you. You aren't going to be available to train your clients all the time, and you shouldn't work on your certifications and other goals every spare second, either.
As you learn more about fitness and nutrition, you may become very hard on yourself. Shouldn't you do the same things you require of your clients?
You'll quickly find, however, that even your most dedicated clients cheat every once in a while. They'll skip a workout, eat something that's not on their diet plan, or just plain take a few days off - and sometimes, you should give yourself permission to cheat a little, too.
Tip #7: Know How To Market Yourself
Part of being a personal trainer, especially if you don't want to work for a gym, includes being able to market yourself.
You need to know exactly what you're capable of, what you're comfortable doing, and how you should market yourself to share that information with others. You may need to create marketing materials, including:
- Social media posts
- Business cards
If your marketing materials aren't successful, you won't be able to attract new clients. While many personal trainers build a client base through word of mouth, that shouldn't be your only strategy for marketing.
Learn how to talk about yourself in a positive manner and clearly define what you can do and how it can help others.
The better your marketing, the faster your personal training business will grow, so get started building your brand today! You never know when you might meet your first client.
If you're excited about getting your certifications and starting work in a field that will allow you to work with people every day, contact us to learn more about our Level 3 Personal Training course and how it can help you meet your goals.
Whether you're already well on the road to becoming a personal trainer or you're just starting your journey, we're here to help you get the certifications you need to reach those goals.