How to Become a Personal Trainer


In this post we explore the current landscape of the personal training industry along with the processes involved to become a fully qualified personal trainer.


Where is the Industry Headed?

The UK personal training market has shown consistent annual growth in recent years with it now reported that 1 in 7 people in the UK have a gym membership – the highest figure to date. Furthermore, a recent UK fitness industry report highlights how the industry is continuing to thrive; we are seeing more fitness clubs, more gym memberships and ultimately a greater market value than ever before.

An interesting area of growth of late has been the investment in outdoor gym equipment in parks for public use. While some may assume this takes away work from the gym-based personal trainer – it also increases the opportunity for some to take their work outside and teach individuals or groups in these public spaces.

Ultimately, it can be argued that there has never been a better time to become a qualified personal trainer.


Impact of Social Media

The rise of social media over the last decade has proved very beneficial for some industries and, in terms of fitness and personal training, this certainly falls into that category.

Social media accounts focusing on fitness and healthy eating coupled with the rise of fitness bloggers on Instagram and vloggers on YouTube has seen a trend develop in regards to promoting a healthy lifestyle and way of living.

This also provides ample opportunities for personal trainers to undertake self-promotion with their own accounts allowing them to build up a targeted and relevant audience.


Qualifications Required

Sadly, it’s not as simple as one day deciding to become a personal trainer and expecting clients to turn up at your door. Instead there are qualifications that you need to complete in order to become a professional PT. Here’s what you need to become a fully qualified personal trainer:


Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing

This allows you to work as a gym instructor in a gym, health club or any other type of fitness focused establishment. This qualification is mandatory to allow you to complete Level 3 (there is no Level 1) and you’ll learn a range of skills from the anatomy of the human body to understanding how to motivate a small group or individual.

A simple Google search will give you a range of opportunities to find the courses right for you.


Level 3 Personal Trainer Course

After completing Level Two you’ll be eligible to undertake Level 3. As the title of the qualification states; this module is focused on more in-depth topics relating to personal training including advanced anatomy studies, the application of nutrition during physical activity and how to effectively deliver PT sessions utilising your group leadership skills.

…and that’s what it takes to become a qualified personal trainer. You’ll often find many different organisations offering Level 4 qualifications which will provide more depth and knowledge as well as helping your CV stand out from the crowd.



An often overlooked area by personal trainers and fitness instructors alike is personal trainer insurance. This is where we at Professional Fitness are happy to help out.

Why is it important?

A large number of professionals within the industry are unaware of the risks involved when teaching an individual or group. There may be instances whereby a client files a claim against you and this sort of claim, whether justified or not, can threaten both your reputation and career. Furthermore, you’ll often find that the gym or location at which you are undertaking your work will often not cover for you in the event of you finding yourself having to defend a claim.

By taking out insurance with ourselves you’ll find yourself with peace of mind when it comes to carrying out your work. Our insurance policies cover you for up to £5m public liability insurance and up to £1m professional indemnity insurance. What’s more, we can also cover any equipment you may wish to ensure.


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If you’re interested in finding out more about our insurance policies you can visit our main homepage here or you can get in touch with one of our friendly team on 0345 450 8530.


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