Personal Training Career

A personal training career involves dealing with clients one-on-one to help them have better fitness and healthier lifestyles.  It also involves helping clients achieve their own weight-loss and fitness goals.

Personal trainers customize a workout routine for each client and monitor their progress through regular sessions.  They are important boosting the morale of clients to stick to their routine.  Personal trainers have a passion for fitness and health and are good motivators.

How to become a personal trainer

Some employers require a bachelor’s degree in a health-related course but in most cases, you would only need to take a training course.  There is no on-the-job training needed but hands-on experience is important.  You need to be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation to become a certified personal trainer which most employers require.

Personal trainer types, Description, Information

You have to decide what certification you want to apply for so you can choose what courses to take.  You may work in gyms, health clubs, spas and cruise ships or be self-employed.  You can have full-time work with several part-time jobs visiting clients in their homes to earn more.

Qualifications: Courses, Training, Certification

Whether you take a bachelor’s degree or training, you will study basic skills in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, development of exercise programs, exercise techniques, and assessing a client’s fitness.  There are also self-directed programs combining DVDs and a study guide.

You will spend around $500 to $1000 for the training though some programs cost more.  You may apply for the Biscontini Scholarship for continuing education.

To be certified, you need a high school diploma and have to pass an examination from institutions such as the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Personal Training Schools, Colleges, Universities offering Degrees

There are minimal admission requirements to enter certificate programs in colleges or universities.   If you take a bachelor’s degree, a high school diploma or GED is often required.  For trainings, these usually take about six months with 500 hours of study and practice.

Personal Training Top Colleges and Universities

National Personal Training Institute


Fitness Instruction & Training Academy (FITA)

Pinnacle Career Institute (PCI)

American Academy of Personal Training

Personal Training Job Opportunities, Salaries and Recruitment

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of fitness trainers is expected to grow much faster than most other types in the coming years.  The average salary for personal trainers is $30,600 with the top 10 percent earning more than $62,000.

Personal trainers have autonomy and independence in their work, creating their own fitness routines and classes.  An advantage is that you may work in a fitness center while also having individual clients as another source of income.  You may also work part-time if you want to have clients fit your own schedule.

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