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The Pros and Cons of Being A Personal Trainer

Updated on October 6, 2011

Becoming a personal trainer is relatively easy, all you have to do is have a high school diploma, CPR certification and take an exam. The exam will take some studying in order to pass especially if you aren't familiar with the health and fitness world. Considering the amount you can possiblely earn as a trainer compared to what it takes to become a trainer, it definitely seems worth it to become one, or does it?

First, let's look at the benefits. If, you're working at successful health club you can expect to earn between 26 - 45 dollars per session, with a session lasting an hour. Definitely not bad for a high school education. With the good salary also comes flexibility, flexibility to determine your own hours and days you want to work. Of course your hours have to be when the gym is open but, I doubt you would want to train someone in the middle of the night anyway. The last significant benefit of being a trainer is the positve impact you have on people's lives. The people you'll be training havehired you for a reason.. It may be to increase strength, improve apperance or become a healthier person, whatever it may be your there to help.

Now, as good as all that sounds it's not always the case. Even though the money is good the hard part is finding people to train for 40 hours a week. When you first become a trainer your going to get most of your clients by doing something known as floor hous. Floor hours are when you walk around the gym helping people out when possible and mostly trying to get to know people in order to sell them your training services. If, your not a personable, charismatic person this may not be for you. Also, depending on the gym you work at you may have to pay a fee to the gym to train there. Sort of like a hairdresser pays for a chair at a salon so, that's going to cut into profits although, it's usually only about 10 bucks.

So, if your willing to work hard and put in some long hours in the begining to increase your clientele becoming a trainer may be for you. But, if you don't like associating with people too much and your not that good of a salesperson you may want to look elsewhere for your dream job. Bank of Fitness has a great article that goes more in depth on being a personal trainer.


  • Good Pay
  • Flexibile Schedule
  • Impact People's LIves


  • May Be Tough To Build Clientele
  • "Floor Hours"
  • Pay Rent To Gym


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      Weiner In My Butt 

      2 years ago


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      Roy Edwards 

      3 years ago

      Being a personal trainer myself I am not in total agreement with this article. It seems a little flaky on detail and while I don't live in the US, I am sure it isn't as easy as is made out by this article.

      What I would say is that there are real Pros and Cons:


      The opportunity help people to TRANSFORM THEMSELVES (Important as you are there as a guide and mentor on their transformation journey)

      An opportunity to work with different people in different stages of life in different environments.

      Consistent opportunity to learn new things, become more professional and deliver a better level of service.

      Can be financially productive. (However, this is offset by long hours and irregular hours)


      This isn't a turnkey business out of a box. (Time, money and expertise is needed to build your client base to a level where you are financially secure)

      Gym Fees - While gym fees can be high, you like any other service user are free to move to where you feel that you can best benefit.

      Income - When starting out income can be very low. As a result what seemed like a good idea to earn more money could leave you in a position of having an expensive qualification without the financial support to use it for any length of time.

      Clients - Clients can be very demanding and without a great deal of empathy and customer focus you will not succeed. (To become a PT you have to be in it for the right reason - hence why money is last on the list of Pros

      That said, I can't think of better career. If you are happy to work long unsociable hours for the love of seeing people change then it's definitely something you should do.

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      4 years ago

      I think becoming an online trainer is really a good thought. That is provide a great opportunity to make a good career. By the way from this blog you shares very impressive, different and useful information with us that is much better and essential for all who are deciding to go in personal trainer's field.!recreational-sport-an.../c2hl

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      Brian Walpole 

      5 years ago

      A dynamic working environment, being your own boss, enjoying flexible work hours and still earning an attractive salary are among the best perks of having a career in personal training. If you like to interact with people and fitness is a passion, this is the career for you. For more advantages of being a personal trainer check out my latest blog

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      6 years ago

      Lmao, yOo guys funny*

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      Brent Rogers 

      6 years ago

      What a great article. I agree that any study and education one has to go through is hard work, but totally worth it! My company are a training and assessing organisation also, focusing on a range of course, but our most important is traing and assessment. Over here in Australia, most educator needs this to teach courses like personal training!

      Working hard in any course is a lot of blood sweat and tears, but totally worth it!

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      6 years ago

      so the pay is really good, right?

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      6 years ago

      I have looked into becoming a personal trainer and have a general knowledge in health and fitness and many certifications like ISSA and ACE have contacted me, and all I have to do is a self-paced test. They didn't even ask if I had a high school diploma. I'm sure that the gym that would potentially hire me would ask if I have a college degree or not, but as for the certification itself, it is relatively easy if you are self motivated and I've done my research.

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      anonamous school kid 

      6 years ago

      im doing a school project and i was wondering what the average day of a personal trainer is like ? thanx

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      6 years ago

      willy willy willy willy

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      7 years ago

      I have a degree in Kinesiology, ACSM-PT, and my CSCS, so I definitely agree with Chris, there isn't a big enough barrier to prevent people from taking an online course and becoming a "certified" trainer. But, that leads me to Jai's complaint, there are less than 5% of PT certifications that REQUIRE a college degree. For instance, my ACSM-PT cert which is well respected requires only a high school diploma.

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      7 years ago

      I COMPLETELY DISAGREE WITH YOUR ARTICLE!!!!! As a college educated personal trainer I am extremely appalled that you would say "Becoming a personal trainer is relatively easy, all you have to do is have a high school diploma, CPR certification and take an exam." Depending on what type of certification you are looking to receive deciphers whether you have to have a college degree or not. There are MANY certifications that ONLY offer certifications to college educated people with a degree in a health related field. I think you should have done your research before you put this BOGAS article on the internet. Once again I strongly DISAGREE with your false and completely unreliable article!

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      7 years ago from Fairfield County, CT

      As a personal trainer myself, I'm actually disappointed by how easy it is for someone to become a "certified personal trainer." The overall quality of service in this field is nothing like it should be and this is greatly due to the ease of becoming a trainer.

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      8 years ago

      I Love being a Personal Trainer. A Con is that I can take this profession anywhere in the world.

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      8 years ago

      i am looking to be a personal trainer in the future, this is because i am only at high school. is this agood career for the long lasting future or should i take a different career root well i stil have the chance ?

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      8 years ago

      What I love about being a personal trainer is helping other people. I have clients with shoulder ailments, back ailments, balance problems. Seeing and hearing about their results is priceless.

      Yes, I give away too much information, all too often, but it is such a privilege to be able to share. Just the prevention of injury is worth the price of a personal trainer, not to mention, the motivation and the efficient use of time.

      I know dollars are tight but just having personal trainer twice a year is worth the expertise. Ask for a written plan for each session (I know they don't want to volunteer that - ask upfront and it is more workable).

      I have seen the results. Personal trainers can take you to the next level, IF you evaluate and match the skill sets appropriately. DO follow this great article for suggestions.

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      8 years ago

      Another pro is good pay and somewhat of a flexble schedual

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      8 years ago from Beverly Hills

      Another con is working long hours. Mostly early mornings, and late evenings is the general protocol.


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