How to become a personal trainer

Fighting fit and fancy a change of direction? Our guide to becoming a personal trainer gives you all the information you need to start your personal training business.

An industry in great shape

The UK fitness industry is booming, so if you’re thinking about becoming a personal trainer, now could be a good time. Last year, the sector was worth an estimated £4.3 billion, and a recent report showed that one in eight Brits now has a gym membership, which is a higher proportion than ever before.

Tips for becoming a personal trainer

Wondering how to ride this wave and start a personal training business? We’ve got just the thing. Our guide to becoming a personal trainer takes you through step-by-step, including a summary of the personal trainer qualifications you may need and the insurance that can protect your business if anything goes wrong.

We’ll also run through the importance of networking, how to assess your market and build your client base, and the possibility of joining a professional body.

Here’s a sneak preview of what’s inside.

Personal trainer qualifications

Check whether there’s somewhere local to you that offers UK personal training qualifications. Options include a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing and a Level 2 Diploma in Instructing Exercise and Fitness. Level 3 industry qualifications are also available if you’ve already got your basic qualifications. Business courses and first aid qualifications may be useful too. For more information on personal trainer qualifications, download the guide.


Our guide also touches on insurance for personal trainers. At the heart of a personal trainer insurance policy is public liability insurance, which can cover compensation costs and legal fees if someone sues you for injury or damage. There are other covers worth considering too, including employers’ liability insurance if you have any employees, and business equipment insurance if you want to cover your personal training equipment.

Get started as a personal trainer now

If you’re passionate about keeping fit, you love working with other people and you’d like a job that’s fun and flexible, a personal training business could be just the ticket. Download our guide to find out how to become a personal trainer, and get on the fast track to a healthy new career.

The Simply Business guide to becoming a personal trainer

Here are our top tips for starting a personal training business in a handy PDF guide.

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