Great careers in personal training

by frank-stuart
15MAR

Personal training is a growing industry. Personal trainers have come to be regarded as integral to the fight against Australia’s bulging obesity levels. With lifestyles becoming more and more sedentary, yet societal pressures to look trim increasing, the demand for personal trainers is high. People who enter careers in personal training can find themselves in an immensely rewarding job, as they can play a major part in improving people’s lives.

What is the role of a personal trainer?

A personal trainer needs to be committed to producing the best results for their client. Every client will have different needs and goals, and it is the personal trainer’s job to develop individualised programs for clients and closely monitor their progress. Personal trainers need to have an in-depth knowledge of fitness techniques and human movement, so that their clients can improve their fitness with minimal risk of injury or illness. A personal trainer should also encourage a healthy lifestyle for clients, by devising exercise regimes and nutritional eating plans to complement personal training sessions.

What skills should personal trainers have?

It’s vital that personal trainers are good communicators. Clients have taken an important first step in enlisting the services of a trainer, and it’s the trainer’s job to keep them motivated. Personal trainers need to be aware that different people have different tolerance thresholds and should work out what communication methods will motivate people, rather than discourage them.

Personal trainers also need to have an intimate knowledge of how the human body works, and know how to administer first aid. Clients can sustain injuries, collapse, or fall ill, and you need to be well prepared to deal with these situations.

How to become a qualified personal trainer

If you’re aiming for a career in personal training, you need to have the relevant qualifications. You can get a Bachelor of Applied Fitness or a Certificate 3 or 4 at ACPE, and these courses cover all elements of personal training. It’s helpful if you have done some sort of physical education and/or biology subjects at schools, but it’s not necessary. The Bachelor of Applied Fitness will cover areas such as fitness studies, the science of fitness, and professional skill development.

What are the pros and cons of a personal training career?

Like all jobs, careers in personal training isn’t all beer and skittles (in fact, there should be a minimum of beer and skittles). It has its high points and low points. You may have to work long hours, and when you’re starting out it can be a challenge to build clientele. There’s also the potential frustration of working with “difficult” clients – especially those who quickly lose interest in training.

But the pros outweigh the cons. Once you establish yourself, you can have a lucrative business on your hands. You can either be your own boss or be employed by a gym – whatever suits you. In most cases, you can be flexible with your time. Personal training is also extremely rewarding, and you can go home after work with a deep sense of satisfaction that you’ve made a real difference to people’s lives.

Gain your qualification in personal training from ACPE, which is now offering Cert 3 and Cert 4 in Fitness and Bachelor of Applied Fitness.

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