What does a Personal Trainer do?
A Personal Trainer works with individuals who want to improve their physical lifestyle. Some Personal Trainers work directly for a gym and are responsible for administrative and organisational tasks and also work with clients. Some Physical Trainers are freelancers and rent out time and space in a gym to train their clients.
Personal Trainer skills and qualifications
A Personal Trainer must be in top physical shape and be ready to help clients reach their own physical goals. A successful Personal Trainer candidate will have various prerequisite skills and qualifications that include:
- Excellent customer service skills
- Ability to work with people of all fitness levels
- Understanding and sensitivity
- Ability to integrate technology into routines
- Strong organisational skills
- Ability to motivate and inspire others
- Ability to stay up to date with the latest fitness techniques and health trends
Personal Trainer experience requirements
Candidates should have previous work experience at a gym or as a freelance Personal Trainer with references from previous employers and clients. Look for job applicants whose passion for fitness extends outside of their basic job for example this may include a blog they may have written about a new fitness trends, or a recent fitness class they have taken in order to learn more about a style they are unfamiliar with.
The fitness industry is always changing and evolving with the times and technology, so look for a job candidate who is flexible and excited about change.
Personal Trainer education and training requirements
The educational requirements to become a Personal Trainer are not that relevant and may not be necessary for some companies. Most Personal Trainers have some basic qualifications or apprenticeships. The two college courses that are most beneficial for people in this industry are Level 2: Diploma in Instructing Exercise and Fitness and Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training. Candidates should also have current and valid CPR and First Aid certifications.
Some applicants may have done apprenticeship which requires 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4, including maths and English for more advanced apprenticeships.
Personal Trainer salary expectations
According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary for a Personal Trainer is £29,340 per year, depending on experience, location and company. Salary is based on a slightly below-average working week, about 32 to 38 hours a week. Personal Trainers should be expected to work weekends, evenings and bank holidays.
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