Becoming a Fitness Trainer

There are no set requirements for becoming a Fitness Instructor and you may decide to learn on the job. However, to get a foundation, we offer accredited courses for the first step of your journey. These courses will teach you the basic principles you’ll need in the industry including how to tailor programmes to suit individual needs and the most up-to-date and effective training methods. You can choose an entry-level course based on whether you’d prefer working for a gym with day to day task and responsibilities. Progression with such a route is usually health and fitness managers in a gym. Call our support team on 0203 795 4599 for more info.

The ultimate goal for any instructor that hasn’t completed the personal trainers course is to do just that. It’s a lucrative career and with the whole world on their own path to fitness success, you don’t want to miss out on becoming one of the trainers who made that happen for someone.

Find out more about Level 3 Personal Trainer

Skills you’ll need

A fitness instructor role means you’ll be working closely with lots of different people.

  • You’ll need to have good communication skills.
  • Enjoy being around people.
  • Be able to motivate a variety of personalities to enable them to reach their potential.
  • The ability to plan and get organised will also be helpful so you can arrange exercise programmes for your clients.
  • Teach group exercise classes

What the work involves

Once you start your career as a gym instructor you can expect to help people improve their health and wellbeing. From day to day you may be doing a range of activities, including:

  • Setting fitness goals
  • Giving health assessments to clients
  • Giving advice and fitness plans
  • Working to develop programmes that suit individuals’ needs
  • Leading group training sessions.
  • You’ll teach clients how to use equipment
  • You’ll be demonstrating new and existing exercises

The hours

As a fitness instructor, your hours may not be the normal 9 to 5. Although you probably won’t work more than 40 hours per week, you may get to set your own hours, so you can be a little flexible. These hours may include some evenings, early mornings and weekends.


You’ll usually start on somewhere between £14k to £16k growing to around £17k with more experience. If you’re self-employed the average earnings are between £30-50 and £70 – £140 per hour in more affluent areas.

Remember, your salary will depend on your level and whether you work for a gym or you’re self-employed. It will also depend on where you’re working and the number of clients you have.

Training and development

The initial training starts with our courses above. After this, you may want to continue your study and learn more with a continued professional development course. These courses allow you to further your career in fitness by broadening your skills with a more specialist area, allowing you to build up your portfolio and learn new things. You can choose from a range of our courses and areas of interest here.


There are many opportunities out there once you’re a qualified gym instructor and as the UK’s most established provider of fitness training courses, we’ve earned a reputation for excellence amongst employers in the sector. We have also developed recruitment partnerships to help get your fitness career off to the best possible start. Find out more about this on our blog or you can come along to one of our open evenings.