Careers in focus: Personal Training

Turn your passion for sport into a career!

There are a number or careers which you may have heard when entering the fitness industry, and the ones you’ll probably hear the most are gym instructor, fitness instructor and personal trainer.

What is the difference between a Gym or Fitness instructor?

There is no difference, it just depends on what the person in question prefers to be called. The role entails leading inductions in a gym environment to new members and planning a basic program for a client.

How do I become a Fitness Instructor?

To become a  fitness Instructor you will need to have a minimum of a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness instructing and find employment at either a gym or leisure centre. Being a gym instructor does limit what you can do as you aren’t able to work with specific members of the public neither with clients with medical problems. The reason for this is the level 2 qualification only provides you a foundation of knowledge about anatomy and physiology, fitness principles and health and safety. This means you can, for example, work on the gym floor and deliver inductions to new members however, the course does not give you enough knowledge to be able to deal with specific groups of people to train them in an efficient manner. Therefore, you are not able to work with the public on a 1-2-1 basis or provide programmes.

What is a Personal Trainer?

A personal trainer works with clients on a 1-2-1 basis devising nutrition and training programs to help them achieve their goals.

How do I become a Personal Trainer?

To start your career as a personal trainer you will need to pass a level 3 course. Level 3 gives you the training to plan and deliver successful workouts to clients.  The course needs to be a REPs recognised qualification.

You would be more advanced than those working as a gym/fitness instructor and be able to do so much more. Most people start of as a gym/fitness instructor and advance to be a Personal trainer, because you’ll be in a place to best advise your client and help them achieve their goals. Whether this is losing weight, fat loss, toning or building muscle, you’ll be able to put together a regime and a nutrition/ diet plan; helping them achieve their goals in the time frame, efficiently and safely. Becoming a personal trainer means you can provide more help to people, goals specific to them, conduct fitness tests, advise people on weight management, injury prevention, rehabilitation and nutrition.

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frequently asked questions

Here are some of the questions we have been asked about becoming a personal trainer or working in the personal training industry. If you can’t find the question or answer you are looking for, then please get in touch so that we can help you.

What’s the difference between fitness instructing and a personal trainer?

Personal training is more 1-1, in depth and tailored to an individual

A fitness instructor completes group sessions on basic gym use or runs specific classes.

How much can I earn?

As a beginner, you could earn £20 an hour. Once you’ve gained experience, you could earn £35+.

Which gyms does Train Together work with?

Train Together currently work together with Abbey Leisure centre.

Do I have to be self-employed?

No. You can self-employed, however, this doesn’t stop you from working as an employee within a gym.

How do I become a personal trainer?

To become a qualified instructor, you must complete the following qualifications:

  • Level 2 in Fitness Instructing
  • Level 3 in personal Training

The qualification we offer combines both these qualifications together and gives you the necessary tools to become a qualified personal trainer.

How long does it take to qualify?

This qualification can be completed between 4-6 months.

How much does the training cost?

The training cost is £2,882

How can I pay for it?

This qualification can be funded through an Advanced Learner Loan. More information about the Advanced Learner Loan can be found at

Another option would be to self-fund and pay for the qualification yourself.

Ready to take your next steps to becoming a Personal Trainer?

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