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2008/05/21 01:15:34 (permalink)
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Becoming a personal trainer

Anyone on here a qualified personal trainer/gym instructor? Whats the best and cheapest route to become a personal trainer? Alot of the courses i've seen are 2 grand. I just want to know the least expensive ways to become qualified.
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    DanDan
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    RE: Becoming a personal trainer 2008/05/21 01:34:22 (permalink)
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    considering i pay 3k+ a year for uni working owt at 9/10k i would say 2k to learn a profession is cheap. and judging by the fees u could easily make this back in a few months on the job.

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    indie
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    RE: Becoming a personal trainer 2008/05/21 02:13:16 (permalink)
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    Considering I'm in 12k debt since finishing my degree, the last thing I want to do is fork out excessive amounts of cash.
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    RE: Becoming a personal trainer 2008/05/21 02:18:22 (permalink)
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    whats your degree in?

    if its sports science then you can work as a fitness consultant/personal trainer which is what i did after graduating.
    if you find a decent club to work for they may help you develop your qualifictaions, mine paid for me to do a strength and conditioning one.
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    indie
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    RE: Becoming a personal trainer 2008/05/21 02:51:01 (permalink)
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    Degree in computing, unfortunately completely unrelated!
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    RE: Becoming a personal trainer 2008/05/21 04:16:33 (permalink)
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    Did all the Australian Institute of Fitness courses about 5yrs ago-got the courses really cheap-absolutley nothing I hadn't picked up over 16yrs of training-Mostly corrected the course Instructor who instantly took a dislike to me-the whole cost was about 500 quid

    I'll cross that bridge after i've burned it.
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    RE: Becoming a personal trainer 2008/05/21 14:45:49 (permalink)
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    You prob need to be in austrailia for that one, The most widely recognised courses seem to be these R.E.P.S approved courses
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    RE: Becoming a personal trainer 2008/05/21 15:03:33 (permalink)
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    Did mine 2 years ago through these guys


    www.lifetimehf.co.uk

    Also qualified as a Boxercise Instructor

    After all this went back to accountancy as couldn't earn enough cash!!!


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    RE: Becoming a personal trainer 2008/05/21 18:59:09 (permalink)
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    or you could look the dogs b. then people would want you to train them over some fat bloke with a few quals lol, like at my gym
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    RE: Becoming a personal trainer 2008/05/21 19:10:13 (permalink)
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    Get it free then - plenty of government-sponsored training firms offering NVQ L2 and L3 courses free of charge at the moment.

    You need to be over 19, NOT have a degree-level education and have been resident for three years in the UK.

    One of those firms is coming to my gym on Friday morning to get L3 for my PTs for nothing - I'll get their details and put them on here.


    post edited by rightyho - 2008/05/23 12:52:32
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    RE: Becoming a personal trainer 2008/05/21 19:19:04 (permalink)
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    Why do you say that righty?

    Do you think it is area specific?

     
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    RE: Becoming a personal trainer 2008/05/21 19:26:34 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: bman1981

    whats your degree in?

    if its sports science then you can work as a fitness consultant/personal trainer which is what i did after graduating.
    if you find a decent club to work for they may help you develop your qualifictaions, mine paid for me to do a strength and conditioning one.


    So a sport science degree qualifies you as level 3 of reps? Becasue i wanna be a PT and i was going to take the route thorugh uni instead of through a company.
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    RE: Becoming a personal trainer 2008/05/21 19:28:07 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: rightyho


    ORIGINAL: indie

    Anyone on here a qualified personal trainer/gym instructor? Whats the best and cheapest route to become a personal trainer? Alot of the courses i've seen are 2 grand. I just want to know the least expensive ways to become qualified.

    Get it free then - plenty of government-sponsored training firms offering NVQ L2 and L3 courses free of charge at the moment.

    You need to be over 19, NOT have a degree-level education and have been resident for three years in the UK.

    One of those firms is coming to my gym on Friday morning to get L3 for my PTs for nothing - I'll get their details and put them on here.

    Sh1t industry though, mate - make more collecting kitkat tinfoil and weighing it in for scrap.


    cool, cant wait fo the update
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    RE: Becoming a personal trainer 2008/05/21 20:33:48 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: rightyho


    ORIGINAL: indie

    Anyone on here a qualified personal trainer/gym instructor? Whats the best and cheapest route to become a personal trainer? Alot of the courses i've seen are 2 grand. I just want to know the least expensive ways to become qualified.

    Get it free then - plenty of government-sponsored training firms offering NVQ L2 and L3 courses free of charge at the moment.

    You need to be over 19, NOT have a degree-level education and have been resident for three years in the UK.

    One of those firms is coming to my gym on Friday morning to get L3 for my PTs for nothing - I'll get their details and put them on here.

    Sh1t industry though, mate - make more collecting kitkat tinfoil and weighing it in for scrap.



    It is massivly area specific, when i was working up in london i was earning 3 times what i am atm, having said that still have a good client base and charge 30 quid an hour. There is money to be made, just need to no a few people to get the bal rolling.
    post edited by Scott32 - 2008/05/21 20:34:32

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    RE: Becoming a personal trainer 2008/05/21 23:13:14 (permalink)
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    yes you will be level 3 reps with a degree, but weight it up 3k a year uni fees, avaerage debt after uni 12k. if you definately want to PT just do a premier or YMCA course for 3-5K.

    a sports degree will open up other avenues e.g. teaching after PGCE

    as PT and instrcutors earn peanuts really!
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    RE: Becoming a personal trainer 2008/05/21 23:13:19 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: rightyho


    ORIGINAL: indie

    Anyone on here a qualified personal trainer/gym instructor? Whats the best and cheapest route to become a personal trainer? Alot of the courses i've seen are 2 grand. I just want to know the least expensive ways to become qualified.

    Get it free then - plenty of government-sponsored training firms offering NVQ L2 and L3 courses free of charge at the moment.

    You need to be over 19, NOT have a degree-level education and have been resident for three years in the UK.

    One of those firms is coming to my gym on Friday morning to get L3 for my PTs for nothing - I'll get their details and put them on here.

    Sh1t industry though, mate - make more collecting kitkat tinfoil and weighing it in for scrap.


    Cheers, though i've got a degree. But i'm a good liar, so i'll pretend I haven't!
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    RE: Becoming a personal trainer 2008/05/22 10:37:21 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: bman1981

    yes you will be level 3 reps with a degree, but weight it up 3k a year uni fees, avaerage debt after uni 12k. if you definately want to PT just do a premier or YMCA course for 3-5K.

    a sports degree will open up other avenues e.g. teaching after PGCE

    as PT and instrcutors earn peanuts really!


    Yeah i was thinking if i got a sport science degree i could be a PT, and if that didnt work out for some reason then i could do something else sports related and i would have something else to fall back on as i have a degree maybe a nutritionist.

    Would it be possible to have 2 part time jobs, like be PT and something else, or would this be a waste.
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    RE: Becoming a personal trainer 2008/05/22 12:08:25 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: honda_stu

    Why do you say that righty?

    Do you think it is area specific?

    Very area specific.

    Fat, sweaty city types in London with six figure salaries can afford a £40 per hour trainer three times a week ie £120.

    Some of the people living in the area my gym is in only earn that £120 after a full week's work.

    However, wherever you are, you'll more than likely have to pay the gym you train at "ground rent" to be allowed in there, plus maybe a cut of your takings. You'll also need to buy insurance (inexpensive if you're REPS-accredited).
    post edited by rightyho - 2008/05/22 12:09:14
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    RE: Becoming a personal trainer 2008/05/22 15:47:53 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: rightyho

    ORIGINAL: honda_stu

    Why do you say that righty?

    Do you think it is area specific?

    Very area specific.

    Fat, sweaty city types in London with six figure salaries can afford a £40 per hour trainer three times a week ie £120.

    Some of the people living in the area my gym is in only earn that £120 after a full week's work.

    However, wherever you are, you'll more than likely have to pay the gym you train at "ground rent" to be allowed in there, plus maybe a cut of your takings. You'll also need to buy insurance (inexpensive if you're REPS-accredited).


    Seems like your working for peanuts, i really wanted to be a PT but its looks like i may have to consider a diff route, maybe i can do PT and something else to earna good living, casue i dont wanna shi* wage.

    But would i be right in saying that a PT is an easy job and it basically second nature especially if you have experience in the gym etc

    I want to do something that is related to weight lifting apart from PT that has a good salary, what about strengtha nd coniditoning coach or something im not sure what else there is you see, any advice appreciated cheers.
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    RE: Becoming a personal trainer 2008/05/22 15:49:17 (permalink)
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    Does anyone know if i National Diploma in Sports and Exercise Science would equal any level on reps? I emailed them but they didnt get back to me, ill email them again now i suppose.
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