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Job Description

Personal Trainers will train individuals usually on a one to one basis to help them achieve their personal health and fitness goals. They will plan programmes tailored to their client and motivate them to help them to stick to the plan, they will also provide advice on nutrition and healthy eating and keep records of their clients to monitor their progress. Most personal trainers are self employed therefore there are no set salary scales as it dependant on amount of clients and hours worked.

Entry Requirements

You'll need:

  • to be an experienced fitness instructor
  • to have knowledge of anatomy, physiology and nutrition
  • public liability insurance
  • a first aid award, which must include a cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate

You'll also need a recognised qualification in fitness and exercise instruction.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

The National Register of Personal Trainers has more information on becoming a personal trainer.

Career Path and Progression

You could take further instructor courses to learn new skills to offer clients, like yoga, pilates, nutrition or aerobics.

With further training you could also work with people recovering from illness or who have medical conditions.

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  • Fitness instructor
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National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • The ability to motivate and inspire others
  • An excellent level of fitness
  • Friendly and outgoing manner
  • A responsible attitude
  • A good knowledge of the anatomy to ensure clients do not injure themselves
  • The ability to create and deliver your own exercise routines

Starting Salary

£14,000 to £22,000

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