Guides, Ideas and Location of UK Training Courses
The press increasingly mentions celebrity personal trainers like Matt Roberts or Ricardo Macedo as they help get some of the film or TV stars their unique and honed bodies! From famous clients like Madonna through to Breakfast TV stars, is this a job you need to aspire to?
The truth is that celebrity trainers operate in a zone somewhere between truth and reality. In other words, while there are definitely celebrity trainers out there, they are few and far between, and they are people who have worked out a successful route top the top of their field.
It begins with training and qualifications. I know that sounds dull, but in this increasingly competitive business, no one will even look at you if you don't have the right stuff - and that means bits of paper!
There are loads of training courses on the market, but to be worth anything, they should qualify you to be registered with the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).
REPs are recognized throughout the industry as the principal governing body for fitness professionals, and most employers and clients will not even consider working with anyone who is not registered with REPs. Quality training is the foundation of your career, so don't try and take short cuts here.
To qualify for REPs, you need a Level 3 qualification, such as:
Once you have you basic training, you have to go and get a job. Progress in this field requires a combination of training and experience.
There are loads of places you can look for works, from gyms and health clubs to health resorts, spas to cruise ships, corporate workout facilities to local authority leisure facilities.
The key is to get your foot in the door, and start gaining experience. You want to work with as many different people as you can, young and old, fit and unfit, men and women. In addition, look for opportunities to teach different skills.
Instructors can teach a range of different areas - while some specialise in gym work, others teach classes, try to do both. You'll need the one-on-one skills like conducting fitness assessments for new clients, providing inductions, and designing workout program, but the classes give you good exposure and allow you to develop a more public persona.
It will depend on your training and experience. Popular favourites include:
All of this puts you in a position to be ready when opportunity knocks. The rest is up to you!