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

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
20%
2 - 4
13%
5 - 7
2%
8+
65%

Common Skill Sets

CPR First Aid
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
External Defibrillator
Interpersonal and Communication
Exercises
Strong WORK Ethic
Excellent Communication
Excellent Customer Service

Personal Trainer Seniority Levels

L2
Personal Trainer
$48,655/yr
Athletic Trainer
14% made the transition
Coach
14% made the transition
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Personal Trainer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$48,655 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$28K
Median: $49K
$84K
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