What does a Personal Trainer do?

A personal trainer is responsible for the fitness journey of clients from beginning to end. This includes listening to clients about their personal fitness goals and developing training programs to help clients achieve that goal. Demonstrations of technique and providing of tips will be a part of the job to help clients achieve their desired physical fitness state. Potential career advancements beyond the position of a personal trainer include specializing in particular fields of fitness such as strength and conditioning, corrective exercise and so on.

The minimum educational requirement to be a personal trainer is a high school diploma or equivalent followed by a personal trainer certification. The majority of companies express a preference for candidates who have first aid and CPR training together with proven experience working as a personal trainer. As this position requires one to one interaction, high standards of customer service and interpersonal skills are required.

  • Work with clients on a one to one basis
  • Listen to a clients personal fitness goals
  • Create customized training programs for clients
  • Demonstrate training techniques and movements
  • Provide tips and advice on improving form and achieving their goal
  • Ensure safe and effective use of training equipment
  • Maintain training equipment hygiene and safety
  • Develop a good rapport with clients
  • Certified as a personal trainer
  • First aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation training preferred
  • Proven experience working as a personal trainer
  • Excellent social, verbal and written communication skills
  • Impeccable customer service and client focus
  • Strong working knowledge of fitness training and exercises
  • Enthusiastic and passionate about fitness and health
  • Maintain physical fitness levels at all times
  • Physical ability to perform exercises for long periods of time
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Personal Trainer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$2,000 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$820
Median: $2K
$5K
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Personal Trainer Career Path

Learn how to become a Personal Trainer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Personal Trainer
$34,000/yr
L3
Senior Personal Trainer
No Salary Reports
L4
Staff Personal Trainer
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Personal Trainer Insights

Read what Personal Trainer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
YMCAYMCA
Integrated Fitness Instructor
27 Jul 2021

“My immediate boss was extraordinarily nice and truly cared about the progress and the wellbeing of our clients.”

9Round9Round
Fitness Trainer
28 Aug 2021

“Helping clients achieve their goals is great but sharing in their success is then best.”

4U-Fitness4U-Fitness
Personal Trainer
20 May 2020

“If training is not your passion you can easily get overwhelmed with balancing work and life.”

9Round Fitness9Round Fitness
Group Fitness Trainer
9 Feb 2021

“Starting pay is quite low and I have my fingers crossed for commissions from new memberships.”

Bohemia Experience
Experienced, Registered Yoga Teacher
1 Jun 2021

“It is hard to get all the way up to this magical place and the salary is not the best.”

Hertfordshire Sports VillageHertfordshire Sports Village
Assistant Health & Fitness Manager
19 Jan 2021

“There are opportunities for self development and career progression as well as a good work/life balance.”

The Kutumb Foundation
Certified Trainer
2 Sep 2019

“I done that workshop of 15 days that was a great time and love to work with Naandi foundation.”

Christadelphian Aged CareChristadelphian Aged Care
Personal Carer
9 Aug 2021

“There isn't really many opportunities to grow in your role as a personal carer and be promoted.”

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