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Personal trainer

Personal trainers work with clients to improve their health and fitness.

Potential salary
£14,000 to £22,000
Working hours
32 to 34 variable
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • the ability to work on your own
  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • physical fitness and endurance
  • knowledge of psychology
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

On a daily basis you might be:

  • setting short-term and long-term goals and planning programmes to reach them
  • educating, motivating and coaching clients to help them follow their programmes safely and effectively
  • giving advice on health, nutrition and lifestyle changes
  • helping clients with their workouts
  • checking and recording clients' progress, using methods like measuring heart rate and levels of body fat

You could work at a fitness centre or at a client's home.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.

You could take further instructor courses to learn new skills to offer clients, like yoga, pilates, nutrition or aerobics.

With further training, you could also work with people recovering from illness or who have medical conditions.

You can find out more about careers in exercise and fitness from the National Register of Personal Trainers.

Data from National Careers Service.
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