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2019/04/14 09:10:00 (permalink)
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personal trainer course advice

hi

any personal trainers on this forum?

am thinking of doing a personal trainer course and searched a few companys online to do with which are :-

ori gym

pt academy

the training room

has anyone had any experience with these guys?

thanks

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    evoman87
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    Re: personal trainer course advice 2019/04/14 12:36:32 (permalink)
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    I did my courses through Velocity PT, that's :
    - Level 2 Fitness Instructor
    - Level 3 Personal Trainer
    - GP Referral
     
    They are fairly straight forward courses and i got a job straight away, interview is piss easy, face to face and a ten min "motivational gym floor session" to other members. It's wank though, hardly no money in it. 
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    Re: personal trainer course advice 2019/04/14 17:05:08 (permalink)
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    Out of interest , what does a PT qualification allow you to do ? do you need one to be a PT ?
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    Re: personal trainer course advice 2019/04/14 18:24:45 (permalink)
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    evoman87
    I did my courses through Velocity PT, that's :
    - Level 2 Fitness Instructor
    - Level 3 Personal Trainer
    - GP Referral
     
    They are fairly straight forward courses and i got a job straight away, interview is piss easy, face to face and a ten min "motivational gym floor session" to other members. It's wank though, hardly no money in it. 


    sounds good can i ask why hardly no money in it?

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    Re: personal trainer course advice 2019/04/14 20:21:53 (permalink)
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    Out of interest , what does a PT qualification allow you to do ? do you need one to be a PT ?




    It allows you to train clients on a 1 to 1 basis. 
     
    B1G_4J

    sounds good can i ask why hardly no money in it?



    Well remember you're still 'self employed' so it's important to build your PT business, this is something they won't teach or tell you on these courses so it takes a while to get going...
    An overall day will usually include a 5 or so hour shift (non pay) (Pure gym as an example) and training clients around your shift times.
    Expect to clean equipment, teach classes, tidy up gym floor, do several health and safety checks, and communicate with members in order to build your PT business.
    IMO though it's just not sustainable, there's just not enough money to be made:
     
    - Too many pt's now which means more competition
    - Not enough reliable/long term clients
    - Some weeks okay, some not so
     
    I still do it part time on the side as i have a handful of reliable clients but i pay rent so no shifts, my god they were fkn awful!
     
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    Re: personal trainer course advice 2019/04/14 22:09:02 (permalink)
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    evoman87
     
     
    It allows you to train clients on a 1 to 1 basis. 
     

    Could i do this without a PT qualification ?
     
    I have actually trained PT's myself and quite a few i've seen don't really know a lot .
     
    Would i rather have someone lie Dorian training me who might not be a PT  or some chick who has trained for 16 weeks and only has the PT qualification to show for it ?
     
    legally do you have to have one to take payment ?
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    Re: personal trainer course advice 2019/04/15 04:51:14 (permalink)
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    Yeah I didn't think there was a whole lot of money in it. Looking at careers for my son right now and I think he'd fit the bill well, but probably wont set him up for life.
     
    Unless he can find a role as some sort of trainer for a sports team or emergency services/armed forces personnel.

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    Re: personal trainer course advice 2019/04/15 08:40:22 (permalink)
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    evoman87
     
     
    It allows you to train clients on a 1 to 1 basis. 
     

    Could i do this without a PT qualification ?
     
    I have actually trained PT's myself and quite a few i've seen don't really know a lot .
     
    Would i rather have someone lie Dorian training me who might not be a PT  or some chick who has trained for 16 weeks and only has the PT qualification to show for it ?
     
    legally do you have to have one to take payment ?




    Completely agree mate, most PT's don't know fk all. It's not difficult to get the qualifications and anyone can do it.
    Before i actually got mine i used to do group circuit sessions in parks and charge a few quid for 30 mins, good turnout after a few weeks but this only worked in the spring/summer. 
    I'm told if you don't work for the gym in question and are suspected of doing any form of PT inside then you will just be banned, these are commercial gyms's though and they can be strict. 
     
     
     
     
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    Re: personal trainer course advice 2019/04/15 08:46:49 (permalink)
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    Yeah I didn't think there was a whole lot of money in it. Looking at careers for my son right now and I think he'd fit the bill well, but probably wont set him up for life.
     
    Unless he can find a role as some sort of trainer for a sports team or emergency services/armed forces personnel.




    Nothing wrong with telling him to give it a go mate, it's easy, quick and something you can always fall back on as Gym's usually take PT's on if your confident, that's all they look for.
    Earn a bit of money on the side while you look/try for something else, never just rely on this, it's not sustainable. 
     
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    Re: personal trainer course advice 2019/04/16 11:34:23 (permalink)
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    evoman87
     
     
    It allows you to train clients on a 1 to 1 basis. 
     

    Could i do this without a PT qualification ?
     
    I have actually trained PT's myself and quite a few i've seen don't really know a lot .
     
    Would i rather have someone lie Dorian training me who might not be a PT  or some chick who has trained for 16 weeks and only has the PT qualification to show for it ?
     
    legally do you have to have one to take payment ?




    Completely agree mate, most PT's don't know fk all. It's not difficult to get the qualifications and anyone can do it.
    Before i actually got mine i used to do group circuit sessions in parks and charge a few quid for 30 mins, good turnout after a few weeks but this only worked in the spring/summer. 
    I'm told if you don't work for the gym in question and are suspected of doing any form of PT inside then you will just be banned, these are commercial gyms's though and they can be strict. 
     
     
     
     


    what if u just say the person is a gym buddy lol?

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    Re: personal trainer course advice 2019/04/16 12:29:01 (permalink)
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    evoman87
     
     
    It allows you to train clients on a 1 to 1 basis. 
     

    Could i do this without a PT qualification ?
     
    I have actually trained PT's myself and quite a few i've seen don't really know a lot .
     
    Would i rather have someone lie Dorian training me who might not be a PT  or some chick who has trained for 16 weeks and only has the PT qualification to show for it ?
     
    legally do you have to have one to take payment ?




    Completely agree mate, most PT's don't know fk all. It's not difficult to get the qualifications and anyone can do it.
    Before i actually got mine i used to do group circuit sessions in parks and charge a few quid for 30 mins, good turnout after a few weeks but this only worked in the spring/summer. 
    I'm told if you don't work for the gym in question and are suspected of doing any form of PT inside then you will just be banned, these are commercial gyms's though and they can be strict. 
     
     
     
     


    what if u just say the person is a gym buddy lol?

    Yeah I am not sure what this PT qualification does for you , some of the best PT's I know off are not official PT's
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    Re: personal trainer course advice 2019/04/16 12:34:40 (permalink)
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    The qualification just allows you to get insurance. Though many insurance companies will insure you without but then its invalid if you ever need to use it.
     
    TBF I learnt nothing from the course, just a hoop needed to be jumped through to enable me to do what I needed to do. My ability to coach has come via nearly 3 decades of training.
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    Re: personal trainer course advice 2019/04/16 15:50:08 (permalink)
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    The qualification just allows you to get insurance. Though many insurance companies will insure you without but then its invalid if you ever need to use it.
     
    TBF I learnt nothing from the course, just a hoop needed to be jumped through to enable me to do what I needed to do. My ability to coach has come via nearly 3 decades of training.



    do u need to have insurance to train someone ?

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    Re: personal trainer course advice 2019/04/16 15:51:50 (permalink)
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    The qualification just allows you to get insurance. Though many insurance companies will insure you without but then its invalid if you ever need to use it.
     
    TBF I learnt nothing from the course, just a hoop needed to be jumped through to enable me to do what I needed to do. My ability to coach has come via nearly 3 decades of training.



    do u need to have insurance to train someone ?

    Legally protecting yourself is pretty important. Its not expensive.
    All decent PT's would but there are thousands i'm sure that don't!
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    Re: personal trainer course advice 2019/04/16 16:23:08 (permalink)
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    what if u just say the person is a gym buddy lol?



    Of course you can do that, but how many clients are you going to get? I had to do the qualification's to get a job at a commercial gym, remember most clients will not be the in the free weights area waiting for a random huge guy to ask to train them.
    It's the people who are least confident and shy away from the free weights that are looking for help. 
    But it was doing classes and impressing 30+ people that got me my clients, it took a while but there's no where else your going to have 30+ potential clients in front of you, that's the time to impress. 
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    Re: personal trainer course advice 2019/04/17 21:24:53 (permalink)
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    what if u just say the person is a gym buddy lol?



    Of course you can do that, but how many clients are you going to get? I had to do the qualification's to get a job at a commercial gym, remember most clients will not be the in the free weights area waiting for a random huge guy to ask to train them.
    It's the people who are least confident and shy away from the free weights that are looking for help. 
    But it was doing classes and impressing 30+ people that got me my clients, it took a while but there's no where else your going to have 30+ potential clients in front of you, that's the time to impress. 


    yeah but what if they ask you are u doin personal trainin in there gym what if you say am not doin personal training am doin bodybuildin training;)

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    Re: personal trainer course advice 2019/04/18 15:47:18 (permalink)
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    Whatever you say you are doing, they won't hesitate to kick you out if they suspect you are doing what they think you are no matter what you say. And if you can train someone as a PT in a way that looks like you are training WITH them and not for money you won't be giving them a good PT service and you'll fall flat on your arse before you even get started.

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