For anyone with a passion for good health and exercise, embarking on a career as a personal trainer could be one of the most rewarding decisions you ever make.

The UK personal trainers’ industry is currently thriving. A recent report from IBISWorld forecasts strong growth in the sector over the next five years, with revenue expected to rise at a compound annual rate of 2.8% over the period, to reach £631 million. And the UK fitness industry as a whole is also continuing to go from strength to strength, with more gyms (7,038), more members (9.9 million), and a greater market value (£4.9 billion) than ever before, according to LeisureDB’s 2018 State of the UK Fitness Industry Report.

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Put it all together and it’s clear that there are great opportunities to be had for anyone considering a career as a personal trainer. The market is growing – but why else should someone choose to become a personal trainer?

Deciding on a new career path can be challenge, even when market conditions are favourable. Indeed, it’s important that anyone who is considering becoming a personal trainer looks at the other factors, such as long-term career benefits and whether the profession as a whole is right for them.

Undoubtedly, as the figures attest, there are plenty of potential clients out there for personal trainers to be working with. This is a great start – but let’s look at some other reasons why a career as a personal trainer could be your perfect future.

1. Do Something You Love

If you’re currently spending your spare time training, have a passion for personal fitness and exercise, love sport and already find yourself giving people advice in the gym, then becoming a personal trainer will almost certainly be a career that you will find particularly rewarding.

Getting paid to do what you love and making a profitable career out of it is nothing short of a dream come true for most people. By becoming a personal trainer, the gym will essentially be your office where you will pursue your passion every single day of the week and get paid at the end of it. By turning your passion into your career, work won’t feel like work – it will be fun, rewarding and your sense of career fulfilment and job satisfaction will go through the roof.

2. You Will Be Helping People to Make Positive Changes in Their Lives

As a personal trainer, you will be helping people become fitter, healthier and happier, not only during your sessions, but in their day-to-day lives.

Most people enrol with personal trainers to improve their fitness, improve their athletic performance, or lose weight. By providing knowledge, guidance and ongoing support, you will enable these individuals to transform their lives and achieve their goals and dreams.

What’s more, aside from helping people with their physical health, you will also be helping them mentally. As you will no doubt already know, regular exercise improves mental health and one’s sense of well-being and by becoming a personal trainer, you will be there every step of the way, watching, encouraging, and supporting your clients achieve positive physical and mental changes. A truly rewarding career.

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3. Be Your Own Boss

One of the very best things about becoming a personal trainer is that you get to work independently and be your own boss.

Though it’s true that most personal trainers begin their careers working for a gym or a fitness centre, most move on relatively quickly to setting themselves up independently, guiding their own career progression and business.

The fitness industry is open to entrepreneurs who have the drive, creativity and ambition to build their own brand and bring new fitness concepts to the market – so the sky really is the limit when you’re you own boss. As an additional benefit of self-employment, you also get to choose your working hours. If you want to throw everything into your business and work long hours building your brand, you can. Or, if at any point you want to spend more time with your family or pursue some other interest, you can do that also. When you work for yourself, you’re free to create the work-life balance that’s perfect for you.

4. A Diverse Career Working with Many Different People

No two days are ever the same in the life of a personal trainer. Of course, many of the movements and exercises you teach will often be similar, but each of your clients will be unique individuals who have all come to you with their own motivations for training. Some will be with you for sports-specific training, others to help with recovery from an illness or operation and still more will be looking to achieve a particular goal such as lose weight or prepare for a charity run. Each of your clients will have needs and it will be down to you to devise the approach that meets those needs – and you’ll be there every step of the way.

5. Fantastic, Career-Starting Personal Trainer Courses from EMD UK

It’s not uncommon for people to want to launch a career as a personal trainer, but don’t know where to start. At EMD UK, your national governing body for group exercise, our fantastic personal trainer courses are designed to address the current requirements of the fitness industry, and provide you with skills not only specific to personal training, but enhance your business acumen as well.

EMD UK understands exactly what your clients will expect from you as a personal trainer, and we also know that you will need real business skills in order to flourish in this career. Our industry-leading personal trainer courses do it all.

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Of particular note is our Streamlined Personal Training Pathway Course – which combines the Level 2 Gym Instructing Qualification with the Level 3 Personal Trainer Qualification – and is the perfect all-in-one solution for those looking to kick-start their career as a personal trainer.

In addition to the qualifications, EMD UK will also help get your career moving faster by providing you with practical business advice and tools, including how to register as self-employed, advice on tax returns, how to keep financial records and expenses and on marketing your business in the age of social media.

A full year’s insurance is also included in your qualification and you will receive ongoing support from EMD UK’s dedicated instructor support team, have access to online business and session resources, brand discounts, and much more besides.

To find out more about how EMD UK can support your career as a personal trainer, or for more information about our Streamlined Personal Training Pathway course or any of our other Personal Trainer Courses, get in touch with our friendly team today.