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How do you become a personal trainer?

by Adam
(Canada)

I am a student in high school and i want become a personal trainer after high school. I was wondering what classes you recommend for me to take while I'm still in high school and what courses i should take in college/university that will benefit me the most going into this profession in the future

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Education
by: Laura S

Hi Adam:

It's great that you're looking into your college education now. I am going back to university to become a trainer (my first two undergraduate degrees are marketing/management and I have a Masters in Business Administration).

If you want to focus on being a trainer, I recommend finding a program that offers a degree in exercise science or kinesiology. (If you're staying in Canada, look into University of Calgary in Alberta. I've seen the campus and it has a very nice training facility.)

If your future goals include owning your own business (as mine do), I highly recommend taking business courses as well. Marketing, Management or entreprenership classes.

While applying to university, make visits to the campuses and talk to your advisors about what your future goals are, as they can direct you as well. Good luck!

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Science
by: Chris Lutz

I would advise you to take as many hard science and biological sciences as possible. This will be part of a good college curriculum anyway. Human Anatomy and Physiology for sure. Kinesiology to better understand human movement. I would also take physics and any mechanical engineering classes you can get your hands on because, although they are not directly related, they will better help you use the tools (wts. and machines) and principles to apply them correctly to a human body.

Chris Lutz www.spartatraining.net

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Education
by: Anonymous

Yeah the others are right. A knowledge in the human sciences are very important. Ask lots of questions. But always do your own research of course because you don't want to be misinformed. It's a good idea to get certified in as many fields as possible to make your self more marketable. I don't recommend the crash course seminars it really a waste of money if you have no clue on the material. Will not pass the exam on the third day of the learned material it too much at one time. And it is sort of a waste of money because if you don't pass have to pay additional money out of YOUR pocket.

Ciao

Bliss

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I want to become a personal trainer

by Ana
(Clearwater Fl)

I want to become a personal trainer, I am 37 now and workout has always been my passions. I don't know where to start though. I have seen so many certifications out there ...........would it be hard to find a job at a gym at my age?

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Me too!
by: Tina

I am 39 years old and desperately looking to make some changes in my life. I always seem to come back to the personal training courses because I love to exercise and would enjoy helping others to do the same. I would love to chat more with someone in the same position. This website has been very very helpful to me. I still don't know what route is best for me to take quite yet but would love any more feedback out there. YOu can email me directly at usaytamato@comcast.net

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Get Free Email Advice
by: Katie - Admin

We have recently launched another free service for the personal training community. This time it is free email advice on how to become a personal trainer. You can talk to an adviser about education, certifications, exams and anything else you are concerned about as you become a personal trainer.

I remember how overwhelming it all was when I started. So hopefully having somebody to guide you through it will be comforting.

You can get the free email advice by filling out our request form here.

- Katie

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Go for it!
by: Darren

Hi Tina

I too am 39, live in Sydney, have spent the past 20 years building up quite a successful career and am about to call it a day to pursue Personal Training full time: not just as a job, but as a vocation/lifestyle. If you are really interested in it then all I can say is Go For It!

If you are passionate about making a real difference to someone's life, can engage and relate to all walks of life and want to do something that can be both personally and financially rewarding, then personal training is it. Nothing says thank you as much as the smile on your client's face when they get their first compliment about how much weight they've lost or how good they are looking. That in itself is priceless.

If you decide to do it, I wish you all the best. It certainly has made a difference to my life, the lives of my clients and even their families and friends.

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In the Same Boat
by: Aimee

Thats funny I'm in the same boat. I'm going on 37 and I've really got the same passion for staying in shape and eating healthy and for whatever reason everyone comes to me for advice on how to get into shape and what to eat so I figured why not get into the profession? Its something I love to do. I've been home with my kids for 14 years and I really would love to get into something I'm going to enjoy. I think its never to late to reinvent yourself or atleast thats what Donny Deutsch says.

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Become Certified & Qualified
by: Anonymous

Remember, becoming a personal trainer is serious business as you are exposing your clients to the stress of exercise which greatly increases the chances of cardiovascular incidents. Therefore, ensure that you receive comprehensive academic instruction along with extensive practical training from an accredited university or a credible vocational school which provides comparable education as found with university programs.

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Going for my passion
by: Anonymous

I am considering leaving school to pursue my passion as a Personal Trainer. I became certified in 2006. I have built up some experience over the years and I have trained a few Austistic clients, but I have never fully pursued Personal Training due to school. I feel I need to go for it now as I am in my thirties and want to start my life. I currently reside in Indiana and I want to relocate to Miami or city where Personal Trainers do well.

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