Becoming a personal trainer is a dream come true for fitness enthusiasts across the world. Imagine the satisfaction you’ll get from helping your clients to achieve their fitness goals, while at the same time staying in great shape yourself. You could say farewell forever to the 9 to 5 grind, working when you want as a freelance personal trainer, or if you’d prefer the stability of permanent employment find a job at a local gym. Getting into the profession couldn’t be easier, so don’t let your dream career pass you by, discover what you need to do today in order to make your dream a reality.
Surprisingly you don’t need any formal qualifications to set yourself up as a personal trainer in the UK, there’s no legal requirement. Having said that, clients expect a personal trainer to be well educated in nutrition and fitness techniques. Let’s face it, you wouldn’t hire just anyone to help get you fit. Getting certified with a reputable training provider can boost your chances of paid employment, many gyms and health clubs won’t even consider hiring you otherwise.
There are a huge range of qualifications available for a budding personal trainer to take advantage of. Perhaps the best of all is a 3 year sports studies degree, but due to the expense and time this isn’t practical to everyone, particularly if you’ve got financial responsibilities and want a quick career change. There are a number of shorter courses that lead to professional accreditation, while these may require an outlay up front, many guarantee you an interview upon qualification, giving you a valuable opportunity to test the water with your new found skills.
Throughout your personal training career you’ll need to embrace lifelong learning to keep up to date with new advances in sports science. There are a whole host of opportunities to shake your career up if things get a bit stale, learn how to teach a group exercise class or take advantage of the fantastic travel opportunities presented by your new career. Holiday resorts and cruise ships across the world regularly recruit UK personal trainers, giving you the chance to see the world while doing something you love at the same time.
So many people have dreams the never realise. If you’re reading this and have your heart set on becoming a personal trainer, don’t just sit on the idea. Start getting yourself in tip top shape, look at the options locally for training and development and speak to a personal trainer at your gym for advice and recommendations. It’s the start of a long journey for you, but it could prove to be truly life changing!
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