So you want to be a personal trainer, eh? Well, luckily for you, the field of personal training is growing and thriving, and is always looking to accept new and talented trainers. However, that doesn’t mean that your path will be without challenges. It is also a very competitive career, and you will have to be on top of your game if you want to succeed. Particularly for us Aussie trainers-to-be, it can be easy to get in, but difficult to rise up. Here’s a quick starter guide on how to become a personal trainer in Australia.
Get a Good Footing
The key to becoming a personal trainer is to know what you’re doing. That means that you need to be educated. Now, if you spent your entire life in the gym, you may not need formal education to get you started. However, you still may benefit from a traditional course, as they tend to cover all aspects of personal training. Some of these topics may only be a grey area for those of us that are just going off of experience.
There are a couple of great places to take personal training courses in Australia. The first is held by the Australian Institute of Fitness. They actually have three different levels for their training courses, so you can ease yourself into it. First, you can become a fitness instructor before you take on their personal trainer course. If you’ve been certified as a personal trainer and you feel like moving up even further, you can take their master trainer course. This course will delve deeper into the science behind our bodies, but it also teaches the business side of the training world as well. This will give you a jump on being your own boss as an independent trainer. Check out their personal trainer course here.
Another great source for personal training courses is the Australian College of Sport and Fitness. They have locations in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, and Hobart. Their personal training course will thoroughly prepare you to train your own clients. It will also give you the tools to start your own small business, so you won’t be in the dark when you go out on your own. They also have opportunities for international students who wish to learn and train in Australia. Information on their course can be found here.
Start Your Career
The life of a personal trainer is incredibly liberating. It gives you the ability to make your own schedule and work with the people you want to work with. However, it can also be intimidating. For most people, the prospect of being their own boss is downright terrifying. You’ll have to find your clients and keep them. They are you livelihood, which means that there will always be the nagging fear of losing them. So, you may want to ease yourself into the industry.
Before you start your own training business, you may want to spend some time in a gym. You can work as a fitness instructor and get a sense of the business and how often clients come and go. While the pay might not be as good, you will have the security of an employer, and you won’t have to worry about losing income when a client drops. This will also give you time to hone your skills in the real world. You can also start to build a reputation as a great trainer, and word of mouth can spread, so that by the time you’re ready to start out on your own, you may just have a client list ready and waiting. Be careful, though, not to poach your former employer’s clients.
Of course, if you want to throw caution to the wind, you can just get out there and get started right away. It will take time to build your clientele, but if you remain a highly skilled and attentive trainer, you should be able to retain your clients and keep them happy.