In the UK, health and fitness is one of the most profitable and rapidly advancing industries. It’s estimated to be worth over £5 billion with personal training revenues alone contributing £650m per year to that figure. Also, there are over 7,000 gyms operating in the UK and with one in seven adults being a member, it’s less of why should you become a personal trainer and more why shouldn’t you? There literally couldn’t be a better time.
You only have to spend a few minutes in any gym in any part of the country to see why personal trainers are the cornerstone of the fitness industry. Firstly, they’re often in the gym as soon as it opens (and certainly well before their clients) and one of the last to leave at closing time. Then, there’s the fact that PT’s provide expert guidance for clients, touching on a range of subjects related health, training and fitness. Above all else, they are masters at motivation. When the client’s head drops, when they need that extra little push or even a few stern words to stay on track, in steps the PT.
So apart from being given to chance to truly change lives, what other rewards can PT’s reap? For personal trainers with the right mindset, the opportunities for success are unlimited, they really are. You only have to turn to those considered to be the UK’s top personal trainers, to see there’s no one route to success. The likes of Nick Mitchell, David Kingsbury, Louise Parker and Matt Roberts, just to name a few, all have very different backgrounds and each made a name for themselves in a very different way.
If you have the drive then the next step is to get yourself the right qualifications in order to pursue a career as a PT. If you’re a newcomer to the world of fitness then you’ll need to obtain the entry-level Level 2 Gym Instructor Certificate. After Level 2 comes the Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training and this where things really ramp up. Once you’ve immersed yourself in a range of topics including anatomy and physiology, business, planning exercise, and nutrition, you’ll be a fully qualified personal trainer.
It doesn’t stop there however as CPD is an opportunity that the most ambitious personal trainers should explore. Some of the most popular progression routes include sports massage courses, pre and postnatal, older adults and exercise referral.
Once qualified, the floor is open to a personal trainer to find the work. The two main routes are working in an employed or self-employed capacity and both have their merits, so it really does depend on which is going to suit you best. Regardless of the type of employment route you choose, there are so many different places and types of organisations where PTs can find work. Naturally, gym chains, health clubs and leisure centres are in abundance, but it really does stop there and PTs can find opportunities everywhere from CrossFit boxes to boot camps, cruise ships to GP referral programmes.
If you’re ready to take the next steps in your career, check out industry-leading personal trainer courses to get yourself started.
Written by Josh Douglas-Walton – Marathon Runner, Fitness Writer for HFE and Red-Bush Tea drinker.