Why You Need to Become a Personal Trainer

We are currently living in the golden age of fitness. Not only are there more places to work out than ever before, in terms of the number of gyms, health clubs and studios that are open, but the amount of choice available is unlike anything we’ve ever had before.

If you’re looking to get in shape or just maintain your fitness you can now do so in so many ways. Maybe it’s an exercise class at a nearby gym or you’re out and about with your local running club. Maybe you prefer to stay indoors and tap into the rich vein of on-demand workouts. Whatever your preference, it’s available to you.

Something that continues to go from strength to strength is the popularity of personal training. Looking at the figures, in the UK alone, personal training brings in over £650 million worth of revenue a year and it makes up around 13% of the whole health and fitness industry.

Why you might ask? Well, it’s just a tried and tested service that works. PTs are experts in their field, so if you want to run your first ever half marathon, lose weight before a holiday, smash a deadlift personal best, or just get a little more fruit and veg in your diet, you can lean on their knowledge and expertise. They can and will help you achieve your goals, it’s just that simple.

Because of the amazing results personal trainers can help clients achieve, it’s made becoming a PT one of the most sought-after roles in the entire health and fitness industry. At this stage, you might not need any more convincing, but just in case you do, read on to discover why you need to become a personal trainer.

It’s a Great Learning Experience

Your journey to become a personal trainer starts in the classroom, so to speak. Don’t worry, you don’t have to actually go back to school, sit at a desk and pay close attention to a teacher. What you do need to do is find a training provider who delivers personal training courses. You’ll have the freedom to study at home in your own time and your own place and then you’ll be given the chance to demonstrate your new skills on the gym floor.

It’s okay if you’re a complete beginner because you’ll be shown the ropes. This includes getting to grips with the gym environment and various pieces of kit, including machines and weights. You’ll discover how the body works and moves and to how to train specific areas and address any weaknesses clients may have. There’s also plenty discover on the business side of things, with regards to marketing yourself and selling your PT services.

At the end of the experience, you’ll be a fully qualified personal trainer and have the confidence to get out there, train clients and change lives.

You Can Help Clients Achieve Amazing Things

If you tried to make a list of all the reasons why a person may hire a personal trainer, the chances are you’d be writing it for a very long time. In fact, chances are you might never finish it. That’s because each and every client is different and wants to achieve a goal that’s often very specific and personal to them.

Losing weight is often a commonly noted goal but even within this, there’s so much room for manoeuvring. Does the client want to lose several stone or just a few pounds? Maybe they don’t enjoy cardio so the plan you create for them has to focus on weights. Maybe it’s not exercise that’s the issue but the client’s diet. There are so many moving parts that you have to be aware of.

At the end of the day, regardless of the client’s goal, they’ll be to coming to you as a personal trainer because they don’t know how to get there themselves. That’s why you have to step in and step up. Use the knowledge and skills you’ve gained to truly help people. Motivate your client when their head drops because they’ve had a setback, celebrate their achievements when they hit a milestone and ultimately be the driving force behind them smashing their goals.

It Opens the Door to New Opportunities

Just because you’ve qualified as a personal trainer and you’re making a living training clients in a gym means that’s the end of the road. It’s not by any stretch of the imagination. You could look at further ways to develop your PT business and career. Perhaps you could create a series of workout plans and sell them online? Maybe you’d like to open your own personal training studio and be your own boss. Many successful personal trainers have also gone on to develop their own range of supplements, clothing and more. It’s all possible once you’ve established yourself.

Moving into other disciplines is also a tried and tested way to progress your personal training career and increase your client base. There are so many complementary fields you could explore including sports nutrition, NLP (neuro-linguistic programming), becoming a yoga teacher, becoming a sports massage therapist… the opportunities and possibilities really are endless.