Have you ever considered being a personal trainer as a career? How do you know it’s the right fit for you or if you are the right fit for it? If you’ve ever wondered these things, then this article is for you. Read through to learn what a personal trainer is and what he/she isn’t. Ask yourself some important enlightening questions. And, most importantly, learn what is and isn’t required in becoming a personal trainer.

What is a Personal Trainer?


A personal trainer is a fitness professional who, through education and certification, has an in-depth knowledge of proper exercise and fitness procedures and who also guides others to meet their health and/or fitness goals. Personal trainers are often hired in clubs or gymnasiums.

What is a Personal Trainer NOT?

A personal trainer is not a medical professional, therapist, masseuse, or psychological counselor. They primarily serve their clients on how to reach their fitness goals. As a personal trainer, you must always keep the client in mind. Do not push your own fitness preferences onto your client, especially if their goals do not align with your personal ones. A personal trainers is also not a supermodel. This is a common misconception with the presence of personal trainers on television. And lastly, a personal trainer must never have a romantic or personal relationship with his or her client.

Questions to Ask Yourself

Asking yourself these questions may help you decide whether or not this is the right career for you.

  • Do you have a passion for health and fitness?
  • Do you enjoy learning in general?
  • Do you enjoy watching others succeed?
  • Do you enjoy teaching others?
  • Can you be enthusiastic?

If your answer to these questions is yes, then this may be the right path for you.


As far as education goes, a college degree is not necessary for becoming a personal trainer. However, it doesn’t hurt to take some anatomy, physiology, exercise, and nutrition classes. Furthermore, though a degree is not a requirement of becoming a personal trainer, once you earn your certification, that is only the beginning. In order to maintain good credibility and stay up to date with the latest in fitness and health, you will want to continue your education. As a personal trainer, you will understand the importance of growth and how improvement is always a possibility. It’s not something you should just look for in your clients, but something you should look for in yourself as well.


In order to become a personal trainer and actually design and implement fitness training, you must earn a NFPT Certified Personal Trainer credential. However, don’t stop there. Get as many certifications as you can


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While experience is always preferred, when getting your first job as a personal trainer, you have to start somewhere. A good place to demonstrate your knowledge of personal training is in yourself. You want to demonstrate that you have a passion for health and fitness, and there’s nothing more convincing than being living, walking proof of it.