What is it like working as a Personal Trainer?

There are over 13,000 registered Personal Trainers (PT) out there in the United Kingdom and there are probably a few thousand that are not registered. And of course there will always be the cowboy PT out there risking people’s wellbeing that are not qualified.

If we interviewed all of these PT’s we are sure we would get a mixed bag of responses to some of the advantages and disadvantages of being a qualified PT.

To be a great PT we feel you require a certain type of personality and some other set traits:


1.They don’t complain and they hold themselves accountable for thier own business. 

2.They have a solid plan of attack (business plan); we cover these on our courses.

3.The consultation with their clients is very professional and they listen to what they need.  

4.They don’t claim to know everything and learn on a weekly basis.

5.Extra work and care is given behind the scenes for their clients rather than just the PT session itself.

6.Your people skills need to be on another level – we also help with this.

7.They actually give a shit about thier clients. 

It sounds pretty simple but so many fail at these basic principles. 

We teach our students the importance of delayed gratification rather than instant gratification. We are in a world where people want everything in a moments notice and devalue the importance of patience and hard work.

Great PT’s put in the work.

It is the same in other industries where they are free-lance or self-employed.  They gain a degree, assume they are gold dust and that clients will drop at their feet. A degree may help, however, it does not teach you business skills. 

The truth is you need to give a lot to gain very little. For example, it may be a good idea to show off your skills with x3 free PT sessions to a potential client before they commit to your services in the early stages of your career. I personally did this in Leeds when I started out and it built trust, loyalty and it show cased my skill assets. 

I gained 1 new client per week by doing this. Walking the gym floor was not my style. Once I was happy with my clientele number I stopped doing it.

Some people are far too proud and a little arrogant to do this. It is great practice and you accelerate your learning x10 fold. 

The days can be long if you allow them to be. There are some PTs that work 12-14 hour days and some that work 6-8 hours a day and earn just as much. Have your time slots and stick to it.

The people you meet as clients is truly rewarding as they come from all walks of life with a different story to tell. In fact, we can learn a lot from our clients!

Some start as Personal Trainers and then go into management, start an online PT side business, or even open their own private gym studio later down the line.

You do hear some horror stories about PT as a career, however, they are from people who didn't quite have what it takes and probably gave up a little too soon. 

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