Are you passionate about fitness? Would you like to assist other in attaining their personal goals and shaping their own body to becoming more physically healthy? Then the career of a personal trainer might be just the right career for you.
In this article, we will explore the duties of a personal trainer and what it really takes to become one. We will also look into typical questions like:
- What are the duties of a personal trainer?
- What kind of education do you need to be a personal trainer?
- Can I make good money as a personal trainer?
- How long does it take to become a personal trainer?
What does a personal trainer do?
A personal trainer, also known as a professional trainer, fitness coach or fitness trainer, has the following duties:
- Be a personally assigned to a client in helping that person becoming more physically healthy
- Demonstrate exercises and routines to the client
- Assist the clients in exercises to minimize injuries
- Modify the exercises according to clients’ fitness levels
- Develop a personal fitness plan for the client,
- Monitor the client and follow through and follow up
- Offer advice on healthy lifestyle and diet
- Provide emergency aid if necessary
A personal trainer typically works in a gym or community center, or can be self-employed and run their own business. A personal trainer can be assigned uniquely to one client in the case of high-profile sports personalities.
Salary: A personal trainer makes an average of 20$ an hour, averaging around 50.000$ a year. The salary however can vary greatly depending on educational background and place of employment.
Steps to become a personal trainer
Being a personal trainer is a very flexible occupation. You can start with a high school degree – and get certified quickly. You can also continue with advanced training and through experience move into better positions.
The steps in becoming a personal trainer are
- Research and study the area of personal training. You might learn something important about the specific direction that best suits you.
- Personally, you should be patient, persistent and organized, and enjoy working with people and fitness. You should also be an effective motivator and a good listener.
- To get started, you should have a high school diploma and be at least 18 years old
- It is not required to be in perfect health, however you should be able to motivate others!
- Because you may encounter physical emergencies with your client having a CPR or defibrillator certification is required
- Most places of employment require you to have a certification in personal training. Before going through such program, you should choose your fitness specialty.
- The certification is done through a national certification body such as American Council on Exercise (ACE), American Fitness Training of Athletics (AFTA) or National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and can take a few weeks or month, costing from a few hundred to 1000 $. Other organizations issue certificates in Australia, Canada and United Kingdom.
- You must then prepare for and pass the certification exam, giving you the certification diploma.
- You are now ready to apply for jobs
- You can also later choose to start your own business as a personal trainer, once you have gained sufficient experience
- You can later choose to continue your career path by enrolling in more educational programs, take more certifications and specialize.
- Pros and cons of being a personal trainer (Verywellfit)
- How to become a personal trainer (Learntobecome)
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- Certification (American Council of Exercise)