How do I become a personal trainer? 5 things you need to know if you want to start as a PT

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“I want to become a personal trainer. How do I handle that?”

We regularly receive this question from sports enthusiasts, students and people with a nutrition or coaching background who are considering starting as a personal trainer. Attendos is there for health and fitness professionals, and we want to help everyone who thinks about becoming a PT.

Being a personal trainer is fun. You help people achieve their goals, a stick at the door, a coach, a motivator, and inspirator. More and more people train with a personal trainer and the market for personal guidance in the field of sports and nutrition continues to grow. Below are five practical issues you need to consider if you want to start as a personal trainer.


1. Get the right papers In principle, everyone can go to the Chamber of Commerce and register as a personal trainer. Or register an LLC. Officially, no training is required. Of course, nobody takes you seriously if you start training other people without qualifications. Moreover, you endanger the health of other people if you do not know what you are doing. You can know everything about coaching, sports and nutrition, and share this knowledge with others, but this does not make you a personal trainer yet. It is, therefore, a good idea if you first get your Fitness coach A diploma. You can then get to work in the gym as a fitness instructor. The training for fitness coach B offers more depth. You can train one on one with this extra piece of paper.

2. Determine whether you want to work as an employee or for yourself If you have the right papers, you are faced with a difficult choice. Are you going to work for a boss or are you going to work independently? The advantage of going into employment is that you are certain of a fixed income and can immediately start working with clients. A disadvantage is that you have less freedom in your way of training and in your schedules. The advantage of doing business independently is that you decide for yourself how you want to train your clients. A disadvantage is that, especially in the beginning, you have to recruit your own clients and you have to organize your own financial administration, planning, fitness materials, marketing, and acquisition. We notice that many personal trainers first go to work in a gym and then make the switch to their own company.

3. Start small and learn as you go Start by training one or two people and constantly ask for feedback. Training is not just pointing your finger and saying what others have to do. As a personal trainer, your job is to motivate, advice, guide and build a personal relationship with your clients. You need to get feeling with this and this takes time and requires self-reflection. By starting small with a handful of clients that you have a good click with, you learn how it is to coach and send people in the right direction. If this succeeds and it gives you satisfaction, the profession of a personal trainer is perfect for you.

4. Be your own business card If you tell others how to be fit and healthy, it is, of course, useful if you are fit and healthy yourself. You want people to come to you for training and advice, so radiate that you follow your own advice. See yourself as the perfect after for your clients. Practice what you preach!

5. Ask for advice and look for collaborations In every industry, many hands make light work. You may be very strong in dietary advice, weight loss counseling or mental coaching. Others are again strong in helping to build muscle mass, outdoor training or training for the elderly. Make contact with colleagues and see how you can help them and they can help you. You have more if you know a lot about one subject rather than ten things a little bit. If you are going to start, it is useful to contact others directly for advice. They have more experience and can help you to make certain choices so that you ultimately walk the right path for your feeling. Good luck! (And if you ever want to write a guest blog post on our blog, send us an email)

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