Being a Personal Trainer from the outside looks like an incredible career. And it is. I’m here to give you the 10 benefits of being a Personal Trainer and why you should consider changing your career to benefit from these awesome perks of being a Personal Trainer.

1. No more wearing that suit and tie

We all know that gym wear is amongst the comfiest clothing in the world. Like the Andrex of clothing. With that said, ditch the suit and tie and wear your favourite shorts, a branded polo shirt or t-shirt and you’re ready to roll for the day. Imagine how good this feels in a summer heatwave? Yeah, if that’s not enough reason to ditch your career, I don’t know what is.

2. You get to work for yourself

This is a double-edged sword, but if you’re someone who is self-motivated and driven, this is by far one of the biggest perks of being a personal trainer. The only one responsible for you and your success is you and really, the sky IS the limit with a career in personal training.

3. Working the hours you choose

Not a morning person? Cool. Don’t like working past 6pm? Cool. This is ultimately your choice. If you set out with rigid time barriers, and constraints then you can work when you choose. Granted some of your work is going to be morning or evening based, but you don’t have to do both – you can set the boundaries. You’ll never be clock watching and waiting for work to end so you can get out of there.

4. Not labour or screen intensive 

Spend the whole day staring at your screen? Spreadsheets, documents, and emails? Yeah, you can ditch most of that when you become a Personal Trainer. You’ll be engaging with clients, having great conversations, and not be doing a heavily laborious job.

5. There will always be people needing your help

With more than 60% of the UK currently overweight or obese the weight loss industry is not going anywhere. This means there is always going to be a surplus of clients that are needing your help and direction. Regardless of how many trainers there are in the UK, there is always a need for more. Collectively we can impact the entire UK and that in itself is incredibly empowering.

6. Meaningful and purpose-driven career

Ever felt like you’re not valued or your job lacks purpose? When you’re a Personal Trainer you can feel accomplished by changing the lives of others. Meaningful and impactful work that can change people’s lives forever. There’s nothing like helping someone else completely turn their life around and being solely responsible for a number of positive changes in their life.

7. Better work-life balance = more time with your family

Forever missing the school run and feeling guilty for doing so? Children grow up fast and within a blink of an eye, they’ll be doing their own school run. When you’re a Personal Trainer if you want to make more time for family, you can. One of the best things is allowing yourself time to spend with those that love and support you every day.

8. The tools and knowledge to stay fit and healthy

Alongside having the ability and the tools to help others change their lives, you’ll have those same tools to help change yours too. Want to improve your own health? You’ll know how. Want to get into the best shape of your life, regardless of your age? You can. And the best bit? It’s empowering doing it yourself.

9. Fun and engaging work environment

You’ll be surrounded by people who understand you. They’ll be no judgement in the canteen for caring about your food choices. They’ll be no eyebrows raised when you skip a party night out. Your new work environment will be engaging and encouraging – it’ll help you grow and develop your own habits for the better.

10. Motivated enough to get out of bed every morning

When Monday morning rolls around and you’re trying to think of all the things you’d rather be doing than going to work in the morning. If you’re a health and fitness enthusiast, a new career in personal training will give you enough passion and drive to make your mornings a breeze and not be reconsidering your life choices.

Lucky number 7 was inspired by our friend James Jones at The Fitness Lab.

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Blog Author

Lou Brierley

Lou has been a close friend and student of the Personal Trainer Collective. He is currently travelling and working with Luke on creating blogs for the PTC website.