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How Do I Become A Personal Trainer?

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How do I become a Personal Trainer?

If you’re reading this, you more than likely have a passion for health, fitness and nutrition and are looking to apply this passion into a career that you love.

Let us give you a very easy and understandable insight into what you actually need to become a Personal Trainer.

The Personal Trainer qualification is split into two levels:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing
  • Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training

You will need to obtain your Level 2 qualification first before moving onto the Level 3 course, though the content that you will learn on your Level 2 course is just as important.

Becoming A Personal Trainer

At the Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing stage, you will learn all of the basic skills that a good fitness professional requires:

  • How to coach and instruct exercise to others in a gym environment
  • The basics of programming
  • Understanding the theory behind the principles of exercise
  • Learning the foundations of Anatomy & Physiology
  • And much more...

All of this subject knowledge needs to be clearly understood by any individual before moving onto the Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training course.

If you already hold a recognised Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing qualification, this will count as your pre-requisite and you can enrol straight onto the Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training course.

*If the level 2 course has not been completed with us, we will simply need a copy of your achieved Level 2 certificate.

Upon completion of your Level 2 course, you can progress onto the Level 3 course and it is generally best to do this straight away whilst the knowledge is fresh.

How to become a personal trainer

The Level 3 course will then give you the advanced knowledge that is needed to work with clients on a one-to-one basis and should also give you the knowledge, tools and support to allow you to build a Personal Trainer business as generally a high percentage of Personal Trainers are self-employed.

On the Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training course, it will take the skills learnt at Level 2 and then layer upon this the following:

  • Applying advanced training techniques to your coaching skill set, i.e. Interval Training, Resistance Training Methods, KettleBell Training, Circuit Training, Strength & Conditioning Lifts, and much more...
  • Programming for a range of different goals - weight loss, muscle growth, sports specific, endurance, general health and fitness, and much more….
  • Nutrition - Teaching you not just the basics of nutrition, but how to analyse client food diaries and prescribe nutrition plans to suit a clients needs and goal
  • Advanced Anatomy & Physiology
  • Business Set Up and Marketing
  • And much more…

All of this subject knowledge should be delivered in a manner where you can reference it again once you are fully qualified (when you will need it the most), in a timeline to suit your lifestyle and commitments, and SHOULD be delivered in a working gym environment.

Understanding the process from enrolment to qualification is of upmost importance. You shouldn’t at anypoint feel left in the dark about subject knowledge, assessments and timelines when working through a vocational qualification.

If you are looking to become a Personal Trainer, you should get everything you need from your Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing course and your Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training course. You should not need to then go on and do bolt on courses to get skills that every Personal Trainer should have in their skill set from day one.

If you want more of an insight into this, feel free to speak with us either through our contact form or by arranging a free consultation.

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