A career in fitness is never a bad idea! If you’re thinking of becoming a personal trainer or are a newly-qualified PT just setting up in business, you’ll no doubt be wondering about your earning potential. How much do personal trainers make?
The answer is that it varies. While the National Careers Service cites an average salary of between £17,000 and £22,000 a year for an experienced personal trainer, that is just an average. What a personal trainer can earn as an annual salary, or charge by the hour, can be influenced significantly by experience, qualifications, location and client base.
Personal training - earnings per hour
If you’re a self-employed personal trainer, you work on a freelance basis instead of being employed full-time at a gym or a health club. You’ll be able to set your own prices, but the hourly fee you can charge - and achieve - must be competitive and in line with what other personal trainers in your area cost.
It’s worth doing your homework and research first. Some self-employed personal trainers may charge £20 an hour, some £40. In London, some personal trainers may cost upwards of £50 and beyond - into triple figures and even higher.
And then, of course, there are those personal trainers who have broken into the celebrity set and work with the elite. Fabrice Le Physique, who has worked with A-list actors and CEOs of globally-established companies, can command a fee of £1,000 an hour.
That’s obviously way beyond the budget of the majority of people looking to train - but shows that, given the right client base and demand, a personal trainer can enjoy a very lucrative career. There are huge opportunities for personal trainers who have established their reputation as experts; for celebrities with a certain level of wealth and status, looking good and staying fit is very important. And they’ll pay handsomely to achieve their fitness goals.
Attaining that level doesn’t come easily, or overnight, but it can be done. Scott Ashley was trained by Premier Global NASM - he’s since become Good Morning Britain’s Health and Fitness expert, and one of the UK’s best known personal trainers.
How a Personal Trainer can improve their earnings?
To help improve your earnings as a Personal Trainer, look to continually expand your knowledge and expertise. The more qualifications you have to your name, the higher the chances of distinguishing yourself from other personal trainers in your catchment area.
For example, while our Level 2 Certificate in Gym/Fitness Instructing is an entry point into the industry, if you don’t take any further courses and qualifications there’s likely to be a limit to how far you can go. Yes, you can develop your career as a personal trainer but to take it to the next level you should be prepared for further learning.
Our Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training is the next logical step and can help advance your career. When you successfully complete this course, you’ll be qualified to join CIMSPA - the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity - as a Certified Personal Trainer.
Great for your CV, growing reputation, and salary. For fitness instructors with more advanced skills, such as the Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training, earnings could potentially be enhanced by around £3,000 to £10,000 per annum.
The NASM Certified Personal Trainer course will give you a level four equivalent qualification - the highest level recognised by the industry. This can set you apart as an elite personal trainer.
Adding Specialisms as a Personal Trainer
Mastering a niche area of fitness training can be a great way of furthering your career, whether you focus solely on such a specific area or add it as an extra skill.
Many people want and need to improve themselves in particular ways. Gain a qualification as a Corrective Exercise Specialist - working with clients who have musculoskeletal impairments or issues after injury rehabilitation - and you could open up a new field of business, becoming the go-to expert.
Other specialisms might include weight loss management, fitness for seniors or performance enhancement for athletes. Think about the potential client base you could target in these areas - the number of people who have concerns over their weight, or the number of over 60s looking to stay fit and healthy.
During your personal training career, you’ll find that time, effort and patience yields results. To help get you started, Premier Global NASM supports students to find work, and set up their own business, through Premier Futures and our Recruitment Team.