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How to Become a Personal Trainer in Canada

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If you want to learn how to become a personal trainer in Canada, you’ve come to the right place for all the right information.

But, before we get into the details. It’s good to find out if you would even make a good personal trainer in the first place by talking about some general qualities that you should have in general.

You should have excellent communication skills. If you’re not going to speak up when someone is doing something wrong, or if you’re not going to encourage your clients as they’re working out, then this isn’t the job for you.

You need to be in love with fitness and working out, but that much was obvious. If you don’t love it, you won’t give it your all.

You need to be empathetic and compassionate. Your clients want people who will push them, but also not bully them. No one wants to be insulted.

Best courses to enrol in

To become a personal trainer, you need to become certified first. There are a few different programs that you can join.

  1. Canadian Fitness Professionals
  2. National Academy of Sports Medicine
  3. International Sports Sciences Association
  4. Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology 

Each programs requires a couple things from you before you can sign on to them. You have to be 18 years old or older. You will need a CPR and AED certification. You also need to have a high school diplomas or a GED.

Once you have those, you’re free to apply to a program of your choice. Don’t just pick the first one you search, really dive deep into everything they offer, the classes, and the prices. 

Where to get experience

Before you can get people to hire you and pay you, you have to have some credibility first. People aren’t going to hire you if you haven’t had any past clients before—even if you’re certified.You need real results. 

The best way to get experience is to offer free classes. 

You can offer to become someone’s personal trainer for one to three times, and then they’ll decide after if they want to hire you. (And because you’re a good trainer, they will.)

Free private training classes will get people to want to hire you because everyone likes free things. It’s like a free trial—only this time because your clients are feeling good about themselves, they won’t cancel.

You’ll have a good amount of clients until next thing you know you don’t have to do these free trials, and word of mouth is good enough to get you more.

You can advertise on social media by becoming an expert on Instagram and/or Facebook, by building a website, or by putting up flyers around your area that you’ll be offering a free class at the park.

If you do that last one, you’ll have a chance of more people hiring you because more than one person can show up to that class.

Now, stop reading and go become a personal trainer!