Personal trainer job description

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

Thanks to TV shows and celebrities who hire trainers, this career path has a much higher profile than it ever has before. This makes trainers recognizable as being a real and active part of individual goal setting and achieving. The role that trainers play in the success of their clients is increasingly in the spotlight. However, there are unfortunately a lot of distorted views about what a personal trainer does and how a personal trainer should look.

Passion, purpose, caring and coaching — these qualities make a far greater impact than the size of a trainer’s biceps. Not that there isn’t something to be said for outward appearance and taking care of the “cover”. Personal trainers dig deep into people’s barriers and motivations for being active. Personal trainers have many roles.

A personal trainer has the following skills:

Knowledge of human anatomy and the concepts of functional exercise, basic nutrition and basic exercise science

Designing individual and group exercise programs tailored to the needs and attainable goals of specific clients

Conducting and understanding the need and importance of screening and client assessment, initially and progressively

Executing individual fitness program design in a safe and effective way

The desire to help clients reach their health and fitness goals through appropriate cardiovascular, flexibility and resistance exercise

Motivating others to improve their overall fitness and health

A dedication to maintaining personal integrity and your own health and fitness

Those with an NFPT-CPT credential are certified to design and implement fitness training programs for apparently healthy individuals in one-on-one or small group settings. (An apparently healthy individual includes those with no significant disease or physical condition or impairment which prevents them from engaging in physical fitness activity.)

Personal training is a job that starts with heart, motivation and a love for all things fitness. But, there’s more to it than pumping iron at the gym.

A good personal trainer delivers safe, effective, fun and interesting workouts to all fitness-training clients. The training programs you develop should be varied and progressive, and geared toward improving your clients’ health and wellness. As a trainer, you should be enthusiastic and supportive, so that your clients remain interested and stimulated, which helps ensure they stick with the program — and with you.

What NOT to do

While personal trainers often assume multiple roles with their clients — which sometimes includes being a coach, cheerleader or confidant, there are some responsibilities that personal trainers should avoid.

DO NOT Give medical advice, physical therapy advice or attempt to make a medical diagnosis.

DO NOT Provide body massage to clients, or any similar service that can be construed as inappropriate touch.

DO NOT Serve as a psychological counselor to clients or become intimately involved in personal client relationships.

DO NOT Have a romantic or inter-personal relationship with a client.

DO NOT Push your own preferences for fitness goals on clients who do not seek out those same goals.

DO NOT Allow your credentials, liability insurance and other trainer business standards/practices to lapse.