How to become a personal trainer: Louis' story

Meet Louis, 23, from Sussex, to find out more about life as a personal trainer. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

I love helping people to live long, healthy and happy lives.

  • Louis' job is to help people stay healthy in two ways - by teaching them how to exercise safely and by helping them to eat healthy food
  • Louis learnt about the fitness industry when he was 14 - his mum hired him a person trainer after he broke his collarbone playing rugby
  • He decided this was the career for him and spent time gaining work experience so he could start his professional training
  • Day-to-day, Louis meets clients at his local gym and is working to complete a course that will make him a certified nutritionist - this is someone who helps people understand how food impacts health.

Louis' career path

What to expect if you want to become a personal trainer

  • Personal trainer salary: £14,000 to £22,000 per year
  • Personal trainer working hours: 32 to 34 hours per week

What qualifications do you need to be a personal trainer?

  • Typical route: Whichever route you take to become a personal trainer, you'll usually first need to get work experience in fitness as a coach or gym instructor. You can then study towards a level 3 fitness instructor qualification recognised by The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). If you’re interested in nutrition like Louis, you’ll need a degree or postgraduate qualification approved by the Association for Nutrition.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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