The fitness industry is constantly changing but one constant has been the demand for personal training by health club members. In 2019, the UK State of the Industry Report stated the number of members in clubs grew by 4.7% to 10.4 million. IHRSA also states that nearly 14% of health club members use personal trainers and this figure is growing. With statistics showing both of these figures increasing in the coming years, there’s no better time to become a personal trainer.

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a high demand for virtual training with the growth predicted to be 33.1% from 2020 to 2027 (Source: Allied Market Research).

Below is some information you might find helpful as you look to start your career in personal training.

Who should become a personal trainer?

If you have a passion for fitness, a good work ethic and a love of helping people reach their goals, then you likely have what it takes to be a personal trainer. We’ve helped chefs, bankers, school leavers, HGV drivers, mums, dads and even grandparents become personal trainers.

So regardless of what you’ve done before now, with the above qualities we can help you too.

Where can I work as a PT?

Once you’ve graduated from your personal trainer course and obtained the relevant insurance, you can start working as a PT. If you’re looking to work in a health club or leisure centre, they generally work with personal trainers on an employed or self-employed basis.

If employed by a club, your clients will normally pay the club directly for their personal training sessions and you’ll earn a set salary. Your earning potential therefore is generally your salary.

If self-employed, your clients will generally pay you directly and you’ll pay the club a rental fee for your use of the premises. Your earning potential is then down to the number of clients you train and the fee you charge them.

While these are the two most common employment scenarios after your personal training course, some clubs offer slight variations of them and hybrid models. You can read more about personal training jobs here.

Our Career ConciergeTM can introduce our personal training graduates to leading employers, agencies, and recruiters. Read more about this special service here.

How Soon Can I Start My PT Course?

You can start any of our personal trainer courses at any time. Once enrolled, you get instant access to our award winning e-learning system. With it you can manage all of your learning, including studying the online theory; booking onto a course or into training days and assessment days; and requesting and viewing your course certificates. You can also contact the Learner Support team directly from within the Student Desktop.

Regardless of the personal trainer course option you choose with us, you’ll first need to complete some of the online course material. Therefore, enrolling well before the start date of your course or the scheduled training day(s) gives you the best opportunity to be fully prepared for when you attend.