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Become a personal trainer

Friday, May 9th, 2014

As you are all aware I am an avid fan of social media, oh and writing… Over the last few years as I have become more widely known in the fitness industry through my regular columns in PT Magazine, REPs Journal and many other industry publications.  I often get sent questions from those who are already working as personal trainers and also those who would like to get into the industry.

So I thought I would pop a post up here to answer the most common question I get…’How do I become a Personal Trainer?’

It is really a two step process:-

Get the training

For the last 5 years I have been involved in the training of personal trainers as an tutor/assessor/IQA and course writer/developer.  This allows me to have a detailed insight into the training of personal trainers.  In my experience there are a number of things to consider when looking at training, and finding the right course for you.

Initially you need to make sure that any training provider you are looking to use is REPs approved.  What that means is that your course has been recognised by The Register of Exercise Professionals, ensuring that the course meets the minimum industry standards set out by Skills Active, is transferable (now across most of the world) and will be recognised by employers.  It is easy to spot REPs approved courses by looking for the REPs logo on the literature of a training provider.  For more information about REPs and what they do have a look at their site here.

You then want to make sure that the training company is well recognised and experienced in the delivery of the qualifications that you are looking to get.  You should look into the length of time that the company has been operating and check things such as social media and try and interact with existing and past students and find out their experiences.

A key aspect of your enjoyment of the course is the person who will be teaching you, they can make or break a course.  If possible you should try and meet the tutor before enrolment, this can normally be arranged by contacting the training provider or by attending open events at the training venue.  This will also give you a chance to ask any questions you may have fact to face with a representative of the training company.

As a personal trainer the minimum qualification level that you will need is a level 3 personal trainer qualification, this allows you to work in a gym as a personal trainer or to work on a freelance basis for yourself.  Many of the training providers also offer a wide range of additional qualifications as part of training bundles to allow you to work with a wide range of clients.  The qualifications you chose should be considered carefully as you want to make sure that you get the right qualifications for the specific job role you are seeking to get after you have completed your course.


Get employment

You also need to know a little bit about the various job roles in the industry, I will be doing a short article on the subject over at my blog on for any of you that might be interested.  This should be up in the next few weeks, when it is I will post a link here!  But in shot the fitness and wellbeing industry is growing and through a recession has seen a sudden spurt with new gyms opening up around the country.  There is also still a massive demand for personal trainers, and most importantly the results that they can get clients.

As many of you know for the past 5 years I have been teaching new Personal Trainers and Fitness Instructors, I have worked for a number of companies but the one that I tend to recommend due to the fact that they tick all the boxes on the points mentioned above is Fitness Industry Education (, they are well worth a look if you are interested in training to become a personal trainer.

As usual if you have any questions or would like to chat about the industry, your training or anything really do give me a shout!


Personal Trainer Training

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Hi All,

As most of you know I have been involved with the training, assessment and quality of personal training, sports therapy and nutrition qualifications for some time now. This is a role that I find very rewarding!  I thought that I would talk a little about my thoughts on the training of Personal Trainers.

Our industry is such a different place to what it was some 15 years ago when I got started we have seen so many changes, most for the better.

For me one of the key improvements has been in terms of the training that personal trainers now get, we like many industries have a well established sector skills council (Skills Active). Their main role has been the identification of what skills and knowledge a given job role in our industry requires. This information is then used to develop standardised courses for the industry. These courses are of much higher quality than the ones in the early days and this has led to a massive upsurge in the effectiveness of personal trainers out there on the gym floor!

For me being involved with the training and assessment of these qualifications is a great honour as we really are on the coal face of shaping the industry’s future talent!

My main point behind this blog post is that many people who come on these courses and outsiders looking in on the academics of personal training often overlook the depth of knowledge that personal trainers now have. The amount of knowledge in the areas of anatomy and physiology alone is huge. This is in stark contrast to personal trainers of times past many of whom were unqualified, others with basic mainly practical based qualifications, and only the few having good practical and theory based qualifications.

Just remember that personal trainers today are more than just heavy gym users, if your unsure have a chat to your local personal trainer.

If you want to train as a personal trainer why not look into a personal training course?


MMA workout

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Hi All,

Here is a great video from my weekly You Tube round up!

ARe you into your MMA, do you like hardcore training, tires, hammers etc…

Then this is the workout for you!


Great Personal Training Video

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

A great video by Alex Reyes of Engaged Fitness in New York.

Happy New Year!

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

Hi All,

I hope that you all had a great New Year and that you are motivated to ACIHVE your goals this year.  It is vital that you have clearly defined goals, and a rout plan to achieving them, doing these two things will greatly increase your potential for getting RESULTS!

To help you with this I will re-post my article on goal setting later today, if you have any questions about goal setting and how you can use it effectively in every part of your life please do get in contact.

I hope that this year brings you all you wish and that it is a step on the road to a happier, healthier and longer life.

Tom and the Foresight Personal Training Team