Careers in focus: Personal Training

Why become a Personal Trainer?

One of the great things about working in the fastest growing fitness industry, is how flexible it can be to your needs and what you want out of life. The life of a personal trainer can be varied, exciting and prosperous.

Do you have what it takes?

To become a personal trainer not only do you need to be qualified but also have a multitude of skills. You should be analytical, patient, persistent, organised, an effective motivator, and most importantly a good listener. You should enjoy working with different types of people to help them achieve their goal and be a self-motivator.  You don’t need to have a six pack to become a personal trainer, but you should lead a healthy lifestyle to be a good role model for your clients.

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.

The course

Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instruction and Personal training

The Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instruction and Personal training is a great qualification for enthusiastic gym-goers and sports professionals alike. Many of our learners are experienced in the gym and have personally experienced the benefits of having a personal trainer. They want to know more about nutrition and the how their body’s works. They want to be able to improve their training techniques and take their fitness to a new level. Some of our learners wish to forge a new full time or part time career, wanting to pass on their knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise to others.

Become a Personal Trainer in 4 months!

At Train Together we can teach you everything you need to know about how the body works, expert knowledge on how to deliver a personal training session to your clients to achieve their goals, a one-day workshop on all you need to know about nutrition from a nutrition specialist and many more. What this will give you is a structure that serves clients for life.

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Our trainers

Here are the trainers who will be helping you become a personal trainer. They are all experienced in the sector and have undertaken the courses so have an inside track on what is needed.



Hi I’m Jack and I am a Personal trainer and Nutritionist. I have been working in the fitness industry since I was 18 years old and I have gone from working in professional clubs and coaching to working one to one with professional athletes in a variety of sports from professional footballers to boxers and many more.

I work with the general public (specifically busy professionals) to help them achieve their body transformations and weight loss goals. And more recently focused on injury rehabilitation, including major accident victims.

I love working with Train Together as they gave me the platform to be able to pass on my knowledge and help others become part of an industry which I thoroughly enjoy. You can truly help change peoples lives, whether that be through someones weightloss or preparing them to compete at a high level event, it is an incredibly rewarding sector to work in.



Hi I’m Taj. I am a qualified Personal Trainer and I have worked in the fitness industry for three years as a Fitness instructor but also as a personal trainer.

I completed my level 2 fitness instructing qualification at Loughborough College. Following this I worked in a local gym where I led inductions for new members and led circuit training classes. I was then fortunate enough to complete my personal trainer course for free through a government funded scheme that was available at the time. I am passionate about fitness, health and nutrition.

Currently I work for Train Together as a Trainee Assessor teaching the Level 3 Diploma in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport.

I have coached sports for 5 years from primary schools up to secondary schools. I believe sport as a huge benefit to health and fitness but it also helps to improve self-confidence, self-esteem and social skills.



Hi I’m Zaheer and I am working towards becoming a qualified Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer.

I work for Train Together as a Performance Manager, the lead on the centre’s data management team, management of performance across the curriculum delivery team, and actively identifying performance improvements across the organisation.

As part of my CPD and passion within the fitness industry, I took the opportunity to undertake the personal trainer program which means I will become a qualified personal trainer during 2018.

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.

Why not come along to one of our personal trainer career events to discuss your next steps? You will get a chance to meet the trainers, discuss the course and find out about funding options.

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