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Is a Personal Training Career Right for You?

So you think you want to be a personal trainer…  It’s definitely a great career choice for a lot of people, but many who decide to start down this path discover that it’s not what they expect.  It takes more than a love of fitness to succeed as a personal trainer.  If you’re considering running down this career path, then do a little preliminary research to make sure that you have what it takes.

Are you a People Person?

Personal training is not the right job for someone who doesn’t love working with people.  Because so much of the job involves encouraging and inspiring your clients, it is important that you are able to maintain a high level of energy and excitement even when you’re having a bad day.  The ability to smile no matter how you’re feeling is a major component of the job.

You also have to be willing to learn how to train people who aren’t exactly like you.  Do you know how to help someone recovering from an overuse injury?  How about a cross-country skier?  Or a senior citizen?  Different people will require different training routines, and learning how to tailor schedules and exercises for unique bodies is part of the job.  Finding the right routine requires good communication skills as well as knowledge about the human body.

The Business Side

There’s more to personal training than helping clients improve their marathon times—this is a business after all.  Personal trainers need to know how to market themselves, how to manage schedules and how to make sure their clients pay the bills.  If you plan on working as an independent trainer, you’ll also need to know how to do your business taxes.  Many trainers find it beneficial to take a few business classes to complement their personal training course.

Pay and Hours

Depending on where you work, the pay and time commitment involved in being a personal trainer can vary.  Most trainers, especially those just beginning their career, are part-time workers.  This means that pay and hours can often vary from month to month.  Depending on your lifestyle, this can be a deal breaker.  You also need to work around your clients’ schedules, meaning work in the early morning, evenings and weekends.

Go For It!

If you still think this career path is the right one for you, then you should pursue it.  Pursuing a personal training career is an extremely satisfying choice, one that allows you to help other people while also maintaining and active and healthy lifestyle of your own.  Good luck!

I'm a health and fitness blogger from Christchurch, New Zealand, passionately into triathlon and sharing with my readers what I am learning about health, fitness, diet and peak performance along the way.


  1. Brian Walpole

    February 20, 2013 at 1:37 am

    A major factor that plays an important role in deciding your career path has got to do with what your priorities are. Are you looking to convert your lifelong passion into your career or would you prefer to do a job, earn some money and use it for higher education or to set up your own business? If you are at such a crossroad and seek proper career guidance, we could suggest you a great first career option that would offer all that you’ve been looking for in terms of professional scope, financial gains and job satisfaction.

  2. Business Ideas on franchises

    October 4, 2011 at 3:56 am

    If you have got the proper training and knowledge of this work then its the right and not a bad idea to be a trainer,professional trainer.In fact the trend of fitness and training is increasing so it might be good for you.

  3. Debi

    September 23, 2011 at 6:06 am

    Hi ooach,

    Yeah I definitely agree, you need to look good so your clients can see you can produce results.

    I find a lot of clients love to talk as it’s time away and someone who has to listen. Do you find that? It’s a lot like a councelling session sometimes!


  4. Debi

    September 23, 2011 at 6:03 am

    Hey coach, yip I definitely agree. You have to look good so people know you can produce the results! Also yes not everyone has what it takes to be a personal trainer. Most of the time I find it a lot like a councelling session for my clients. I guess it’s time out and a lot of them like to talk about their problems. You need to be a good listener – or is that just because I’m a girl – do you find that?


    • Coach Levi

      October 8, 2011 at 5:03 pm

      Yeah, some people love to talk, so you have to be a good listener – I’ve seen that too for sure. Then on top of that, you have to be able to figure out what’s going on with those who don’t talk much!

      Which I guess is all another part of the first requirement – being a “people person.”

  5. Coach Levi

    September 23, 2011 at 5:24 am

    I think a lot of people underestimate what it takes to be a good personal trainer if they’ve never tried it. Not that many people have the right combination of people skills, business savvy, and knowledge to succeed.

    Not to mention, keeping yourself in prime physical condition is a job requirement!

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