Get Financially Fit: How To Become A Personal Fitness Trainer

If you have a passion for fitness and a certain level of knowledge relating to fitness techniques and nutritional issues there is a good chance that you have the blueprint for launching what could turn out to be a lucrative business venture.

Here is a look at what it takes to become a personal fitness trainer, including an overview of why you have to add other skills and attributes to your natural enthusiasm for fitness, why you need to take your time choosing a certification program, and some tips on getting all your paperwork in order.

Earning A Living From Something You Love To Do

It is no coincidence that a good number of the people who run successful businesses are enjoying their success because they absolutely love what they do, which tends to show in the care and commitment they put into their venture.

If living a fit lifestyle is something that is important to you and puts a smile on your face that is an excellent starting point if you are interested in becoming a personal fitness trainer and earning a living doing something that probably doesn’t even feel like work at times.

You will obviously need to invest a substantial amount of your time and energy into developing a successful business as a personal fitness trainer and it is well worth remembering that your clients will want to work with someone who is not only passionate and approachable but also knowledgeable.


Get Certified

As with many professions, you will need to work on getting certified and achieving the sort of accreditation that will give you credibility and allow you to grow your business.

It can be a bit confusing when trying to decide which certification program is best suited to your skills and area of specialism that you want to focus on in the fitness industry.

Many of the major certification programs available to fitness instructors require you to have a GED or high school diploma as basic qualification criteria before you can apply for certification.

There are several certifying bodies that are widely recognized in the fitness industry and before you make your final choice as to which certification program you are going to become affiliated with, it would be wise to work out what sort of fitness training specialization you want to offer and whether you are going to be working independently or for a specific gym.

If you are going to be working for someone else check which certification they want you to have in order to be able to work for them as a fitness instructor.

The following certifying bodies are worth checking out, but the list is not an exhaustive one and you might find others in your search, although you need to confirm their reputation and how widely accepted they are before parting with your cash and paying for the accreditation program.

American College on Exercise (ACE)

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)

National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA)

National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)


Find A Niche

Decide whether you want to work on a one-to-one basis with clients of whether you are happily running a class with multiple participants all exercising at the same time.

There is a fundamental difference between a certified personal trainer and a group fitness instructor, so decide what sort of work you want to do and what your strengths are so that you can concentrate on building your business in that area of specialization.


Get Insured

You might want to look for insurance online at to confirm what the costs are going to be for the niche you have chosen and they type of accreditation you have.

It is essential that you are properly insured before you start training any clients as you need to have adequate liability protection and sufficient cover to deal with any potential claim.

There are a number of hoops you need to jump through before you start your business as a personal trainer and proper accreditation along with adequate insurance are both essential items on your checklist.

You Are An Advert For Your Own Business

If you have a deep-rooted connection with health and fitness it should show and clients will be looking to you as an example of what they want to achieve.

Aim to be a role model that your clients can aspire to emulate and if you are fit and exude confidence, this should be good for business and help you to build a reputation that will allow you to increase your client list at an acceptable rate. 


Author Bio: Faith Hughes followed her passion and became a fitness instructor several years ago. She has also recently started coaching others on how to follow their dreams to create a business doing what they are passionate about.