As a personal trainer I get asked a lot ‘What is the best way to set up a personal training business’. Today I thought I’d share with you some advice on how to do it.

Firstly get qualified:
There are numerous ways to get qualified as a personal trainer, (technically you don’t need any qualifications at all to call yourself a personal trainer, although you probably won’t have any credibility and won’t be able to get any insurance), there are loads of companies out there offering courses to get you a qualification, I would go with one of the more established ones and check the course content as they can vary quite a bit with some specialising in certain areas. Alternatively you could do a sports science (or similar) degree, most of the governing bodies will recognise degrees.

Insurance:
You will need to get some insurance if you are planning to set up you own business, if you go and work as a personal trainer in a gym you will normally be covered by the gym’s insurance policy.

Experience:
If you were previously working as a gym instructor and have moved up to personal trainer level you probably have most of the experience you need to work with clients. If you are entering the fitness business from another field I strongly recommend you get some experience working in a gym before going it alone, working in a gym will give you a steady stream of personal training clients who you can hone your skills on.

Setting up your own personal training business:
If you are working in a gym sooner or later you will probably want to leave and set up you own business. Its tough being a to start while you build up a client base, probably the best advice I can give is to make sure your clients are all reaching their goals, that way they will all tell their friends about you and they will want to train with you too.

Trust me I have tried all the marketing there is and this method has hands down always proven to be the most cost effective. Running boot camps morning and/or evening is also a good way to reach a lot of people, this type of personal training session encourages people to bring their friends and give you good visibility and people see you training clients in the park.

To book a session or for comments and questions call or e-mail me:

E-mail: pete@petegriggs.com. Phone: 07947 049889

Please Read Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in the above articles are those of the authors and theirs alone. Information in the articles is not to be taken as medical advice, please consult you doctor before undertaking any type of exercise programme especially if you have any medical conditions.

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