Fitness plays a key part in many people’s lives – whether you play competitively for a sports team or club, are a gym enthusiast or simply like to take part in some exercise once or twice a week, we all like to do what we can to keep in shape.
Personal trainers are a sought after breed, dedicated to helping everyone from athletes to common folk become healthier, fitter and most importantly, feel great about themselves; personal trainers appear to have the innate ability to build confidence, overcome obstacles and help people to succeed and reach their fitness goals.
Whilst a love of fitness is arguably one of the most important characteristics, it’s much simpler than you may think to become a personal fitness instructor. We’ve teamed up with Body Aid Solutions, leading providers of a range of personal trainer courses and qualifications, to find out the steps you need to take to becoming a fully qualified personal trainer.
#1 – Are You The Right Person?
You can have all the qualifications in the world, but if you don’t know how to build relationships and work with people, you will quickly find yourself with no clientele. Being a personal trainer is as much about people skills as it is effective training.
Successful personal trainers are committed, dedicated, enthusiastic and positive as well as possessing great personal fitness themselves. Above all, the best trainers are motivational and patient with their clients, setting realistic goals that enhance progression and confidence. If you tick all these boxes, then you may very well be a fitness instructor in the making.
#2 – Gain A Fitness Instructor Qualification
With a keen interest in health and fitness, the next step is to gain an initial qualification designed to give students basic skills and understanding of the human body. This ensures that you can gain a good foundation of knowledge to begin your personal training course and the role that a personal trainer endures.
With a number of providers out there, it’s important that you use a company that you can trust and specialise in such online courses. That way you can learn in your own time, ay your own speed and attain a qualification to help you and your career
#3 – Gain A Level 2 Fitness Instructor Qualification
The next step is to gain a Level 2 fitness instructor qualification that will explore in depth modules and units designed to not only better your understanding, but develop your own teaching styles. This qualification has four major units: Anatomy and Physiology; Diet and Nutrition; planning personal training sessions / programmes and a practical assessment.
As well as passing a number of theory tests that explore the above modules, a gruelling practical assessment will prove that you have the stamina as well as the brains. This includes a demonstration on a client of how to take physical measurements of clients such as body fat, blood pressure or BMI and administer physical fitness tests such as the abdominal curl test, cooper 3 mile walk test and, of course, the dreaded bleep test.
Exploring different training approaches and styles, once qualified you will have all the skills and experience necessary to take on your own clients. So why not discover a new, exciting and challenging career?
Phil Warrington writes in association with Body Aid Solutions, the only place for online personal trainer courses.