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?
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The job of a personal trainer is to assist someone else towards a more healthy condition. This means assisting and advising in many types of fitness and physical exercises.

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

  1. Research and study the area of personal training. You might learn something important about the specific direction that best suits you.
  2. 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.
  3. To get started, you should have a high school diploma and be at least 18 years old
  4. It is not required to be in perfect health, however you should be able to motivate others!
  5. Because you may encounter physical emergencies with your client having a CPR or defibrillator certification is required
  6. Most places of employment require you to have a certification in personal training. Before going through such program, you should choose your fitness specialty.
  7. 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.
  8. You must then prepare for and pass the certification exam, giving you the certification diploma.
  9. You are now ready to apply for jobs
  10. You can also later choose to start your own business as a personal trainer, once you have gained sufficient experience
  11. You can later choose to continue your career path by enrolling in more educational programs, take more certifications and specialize.

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