How to become a Personal Fitness Trainer

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: December 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Personal fitness trainers (also referred to as personal trainers) provide personalised exercise training programmes to help people achieve their health and fitness goals. This usually involves trainers working with their clients to establish health and fitness targets, assessing their current level of fitness, planning a fitness training programme and providing instruction during a series of one-to-one or small group training sessions.

Personal trainers typically carry out training sessions at clients' homes, in gyms or leisure centres and in public spaces such as parks. Some personal trainers also run organised fitness classes and 'bootcamps', often under contract for a gym, health club or leisure centre, or provide personal training in the workplace for employees of their corporate clients. In certain circumstances, personal fitness training can be subsidised by the NHS through formal exercise referral programmes under which medical professionals refer their patients to personal fitness trainers, for example to help improve a health condition.

The fitness and exercise industry is not statutorily regulated in the UK (other than for adventure activity providers). However, personal trainers and other fitness professionals can demonstrate to their clients that they meet recognised fitness industry standards covering training and qualifications, health and safety, and customer service by joining the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) or another voluntary register or trade association.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a personal training service. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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