Our role as fitness professionals is not just about guiding clients through their physical journeys; it’s also about finding personal and professional fulfilment in our work. Recent studies from 2020 to 2022 have shed light on various aspects of job satisfaction among fitness professionals and how these can be maximised.

The Impact of Client Achievements

A study by Ronald L. Snarr and Vista L. Beasley in 2022 highlighted the prevalence of burnout among strength and conditioning coaches and personal trainers. Interestingly, the study found that client-related burnout was significantly lower compared to personal and work-related burnout. This suggests that the success of clients can be a major factor in reducing professional burnout and enhancing job satisfaction among fitness professionals. Celebrating client achievements not only boosts client morale but also significantly impacts the trainers’ sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.

Job Satisfaction Across Demographics

In 2021, a study conducted by L. Ramos and colleagues in Portugal delved into the job satisfaction of fitness professionals across different demographics. The study revealed that overall, fitness professionals were moderately satisfied with their work. Satisfaction levels were higher concerning the freedom of work methods, work colleagues, and the opportunity to use competencies. This study underscores the importance of a supportive work environment and autonomy in professional practice.

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The Role of Non-Occupational Physical Activity

Another 2021 study by M. Marín-Farrona and team explored the influence of non-occupational physical activity on stress and job satisfaction among fitness professionals. The findings indicated that engaging in physical activities outside of work responsibilities positively affected stress levels and overall job satisfaction. This highlights the importance of work-life balance and personal wellbeing in enhancing professional satisfaction.

Validating Job Satisfaction Measures

Further contributing to the understanding of job satisfaction, a 2020 study by L. Ramos and colleagues focused on the translation and validation of the job satisfaction scale for Portuguese fitness professionals. This study’s findings are crucial for accurately assessing and addressing job satisfaction issues within this demographic.

These studies collectively emphasise the multifaceted nature of job satisfaction among fitness professionals. From the joy derived from client successes to the importance of personal wellbeing and a supportive work environment, various factors contribute to the overall job satisfaction in this field. Fitness centres and trainers can leverage these insights to create more fulfilling and sustainable careers.


  1. Snarr, R. L., & Beasley, V. L. (2022). Personal, Work-, and Client-Related Burnout Within Strength and Conditioning Coaches and Personal Trainers. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Click here to review the full research article 
  2. Ramos, L., Esteves, D., Vieira, I., Franco, S., & Simões, V. (2021). Job Satisfaction of Fitness Professionals in Portugal: A Comparative Study. Frontiers in Psychology. Click here to review the full research article
  3. Marín-Farrona, M., León-Jiménez, M., García-Unanue, J., Gallardo, L., Liguori, G., & López-Fernández, J. (2021). Influence of Non-Occupational Physical Activity on Burnout Syndrome, Job Satisfaction, Stress and Recovery in Fitness Professionals. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Click here to review the full research article
  4. Ramos, L., Esteves, D., Vieira, I., Franco, S., & Simões, V. (2020). Translation, Reliability and Validity of the Job Satisfaction Scale in a Sample of Portuguese Fitness Professionals. Current Psychology. Click here to review the full research article

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