April 15, 2019
These days, fitness is everywhere. Better health is something that many aim to achieve, and you could be the person to help them get there! If you’re worried that becoming a PT is difficult, don’t be. Follow this guide to getting started with your PT career.
Before you begin any personal training course, it would be wise to gather some basic information and learn a little bit about what you will be doing. Of course, if you’re reading this, you’re likely already on that path!
Some people come into personal training with sports science qualifications, nutritional qualifications, or other health-related qualifications. Whichever route you find yourself going down, the PT course you choose should give you all the necessary information to ensure you become a qualified personal trainer.
Do you have what it takes?
Becoming a personal trainer requires many skills, such as having a passion for discipline. However, you should be able to work well with people and be a fantastic leader and motivator. The ability to listen to your clients helps you understand their individual goals and pains. Other skills include business and marketing (especially for freelancers), patience, communication and enthusiasm. And, of course, you should lead a relatively healthy lifestyle and be a good role model for your clients.
Finding a personal trainer course
With so many courses available, it can be overwhelming to know which one will work for you. Why not check out our upcoming courses to see what you may benefit from? When choosing a personal training course, there are a few things to consider:
- Will I come out of the qualification ready to train people?
- Will I have a qualification that employers and insurers recognise?
- What key skills will the course give me?
- Does the course include good nutrition training?
Paying for the course
Starting a new career is never cheap. However, the good news is that any decent training provider will offer a range of payment methods that will fit with your budget. This includes:
- Exercise Programming & Coaching
- Advanced Anatomy & Physiology
- Nutrition & Weight Management
Once you have all the necessary qualifications, you will need insurance to ensure you can train people. We recommend you find yourself a reputable insurance company and keep it updated annually. With insurance, you can stay protected against claims arising from third parties or damages. Insurances also cover public liabilities, professional indemnity, fitness equipment, personal injuries and loss of earnings.
This next step is optional but may benefit you in the long run. If you have a PT qualification, you may wish to consider shadowing those who are more experienced. Lack of experience is one of the biggest obstacles when trying to get your foot in the door. You could begin your career as a gym instructor or volunteer at your local health club. There are so many ways to build your portfolio before the clients come rolling in.
There are many roads you can go down for a personal training career, whether they be employed or self-employed. Both of these come with benefits and drawbacks, so it’s important to consider what road would benefit you the most. Don’t worry if you think you may have made the wrong choice along the way, it’s never too late to make the switch!
Building and maintaining your business
If you choose to become self-employed, maintaining a steady flow of clients can be tricky. You need to have strategies in place for finding new clients and keeping returning visitors. You need to provide a fantastic service if you want people to return, something which should also encourage referrals from happy clients.
Start your PT journey with Fit2Train
If you’re in the Cardiff area and are looking for a place to begin your personal training career, then look no further than Fit2Train. Check out our upcoming courses and get in touch if you would like to find out more.
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