Personal trainer education and other requirements

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.

Why be a personal trainer?

Personal trainers are typically driven by a passion for fitness and a desire to share their experiences and knowledge with others. They’re not keen on desk jobs or sitting alone in cubicles ”paper pushing“.

Here are common reasons that people decide on becoming a personal fitness trainer:

  • I want to help people to live a healthy lifestyle
  • I want to make my own lifestyle into a career, or supplement my income with something I enjoy
  • I want to teach people about the body and what it’s capable of
  • I want to love my job

Start by learning the basics but know that success requires more. If you’re really going to make it, then you have to be willing to go above and beyond.

Education and certifications: An educated trainer makes for happy and successful clients. Certification is the foundation for your long term career (and usually your short term or part time job too). Personal trainer certifications, specialty certifications, and CPR/AED are the places to start.

Experience: For most clubs it’s not always expected that you’ve been a personal trainer in order for employment. It is expected that you have some personal history in training yourself. If you want to get hired at a gym, the best thing you can do is start working out there.

Enthusiasm: Whether you’re soft spoken or outwardly enthusiastic, wear your passion on your sleeve. Be the example of motivation (even when it’s hard) because you represent the lifestyle that your client is looking to achieve. Take care of yourself so that you wake up renewed and purposeful each day. Joy and enthusiasm go a long way, so does a happy smile.

Appearance: You don’t have to be a supermodel or ”huge“ or even ”buff“ to be a personal trainer, despite what your inner ego tells you. But you DO have to ”walk the talk“. Being put together and looking like you care about yourself is something that people notice.

Growth: Personal trainer growth comes in the form of continuing education. Continuing Ed is required of the baseline certification, but more than that it is an opportunity for growth. Take advantage of opportunities around you and absorb wisdom from successful fitness professionals you meet. Continuing your education doesn’t have to cost that much and can be done online. It keeps you fresh and inspired!