A personal trainer is a fitness professional who motivates individuals to improve their physical fitness through exercise. They also give advice on general health and nutrition. Sessions are generally on a one to one basis, but can be in a group such as a bootcamp.
You could be:
carrying out fitness assessments to establish clients fitness levels
agreeing short or long terms goals for your client and reviewing on a weekly or monthly basis
writing up an exercise programme for each individual client and making sure they follow it
giving nutrition and diet advice as well as suggesting lifestyle changes
motivating and encouraging clients to succeed in achieving their personal goals
weighing and measuring clients on a weekly basis
demonstrating exercises for the client to follow.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on:
where you work
the size of company you work for
Self-employed personal trainers are paid between £25.00 and £45.00 an hour. Personal trainers working in a gym may earn over £30,000 a year.
You may be based in one gym or travel around several different gyms.
You would arrange to meet clients at a time and location suitable for them.
You may work outdoors, in all weather and conditions.
Hours would vary to meet the needs of the client, which is likely to mean working early mornings, evenings and weekends.
The first step towards becoming a personal trainer is you must complete a Level 2 gym instructor course such as the Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym), YMCA Awards Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym Based Exercise) or Gym Instructing; or SVQ Instructing Exercise and Fitness at SCQF Level 5.
You would usually spend time working in a gym as a gym instructor to gain experience.