5 Easy Steps to Becoming a Personal Trainer

5 Easy Steps to Becoming a Personal TrainerPersonal trainers work one on one with clients to help them achieve their fitness goals. This can be anything from trying to lose weight, put on muscle mass, become more flexible, to specific goals such as becoming a faster sprinter. Personal trainers can be found working with anyone from professional athletes to parents to senior citizens. It is important for personal trainers to be adaptable to all situations and clients. They must also be knowledgeable about the latest fitness and nutrition trends to help their clients achieve the best results.

Steps to Becoming a Personal Trainer

Go to School

Although a college degree is highly valued, especially if you specialize in a field related to personal training, the minimum level of education needed for most certifications is high school.

Complete Basic Certifications

One of the most important things to do if you want to become a personal trainer is to get CPR and AED certified1. As a personal trainer, you must be able to respond quickly if a client is facing a medical emergency. Such certifications are required by nearly all potential employers.

Choose a Specialty

Once you know what field of fitness you want to enter, it is important to pass the required tests for that field. There are hundreds of certification programs available, but it is important to choose those that meet the standards of the industry you’re going into. It’s a safe bet to get certified with a program that is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). NCCA accreditation is the standard recognized by those in the fitness industry.

Take the Exam

After choosing which certifications you want to acquire, it is important to be well prepared for the exams2. There are a variety of options available to help prepare you for your exam, such as exam prep courses. Once you feel ready, you can register for an exam. There is typically an application and fee, and the exams are usually all multiple choice questions.

What’s Next?

Now that you’ve studied hard and passed your exam, it’s time to look for a job. There are a variety of fitness professions available and it is really up to you to choose what type of environment you’d like to work in. One option is to work in a local gym like a YMCA to gain experience. Another option, although a bit riskier, is to start your own following as an independent personal trainer. With this route, you’ll need to build a clientele through personal and industry connections. Either way, there are plenty of options to choose from in the personal training industry!




1“Personal Training Certification and Personal Trainer Careers”  https://www.learnhowtobecome.org/personal-trainer/

2“How To Become A Personal Trainer”, Alex Silver-Fagan,  https://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/how-to-become-a-personal-trainer.html



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