A personal fitness trainer may work at a number of different facilities, but primarily in fitness centers and gyms. Personal trainers spend their work days meeting with clients and providing fitness training on the gym floor. It is this person's responsibility to keep track of a customer's progress by taking measurements using tools provided by the facility. Therefore, it is important that personal fitness trainers have basic computer skills and technical knowledge in order to process the client database and keep it updated.
Personal trainers meet with their customers before beginning training programs to assess their progress, and may help them work toward goals such as weight-loss or muscle-gain. The trainer must keep records of the progress by taking regular measurements, such as water composition, body fat composition, and so on.
This job is often one-on-one, although some personal trainers may choose to train small groups. If he/she has a small number of clients with a common goal, such as upper body building, small group training can be easy to manage. In this way, a personal trainer can apply good managerial skills to maintain a schedule that works for everyone. Most centers require a fitness-related Bachelor's degree, but some programs require special licensing. Prior experience is always a plus.
Personal Fitness Trainer Tasks
Design individualized training programs for clients.
Ensure safe and effective equipment use.
Develop rapport with clients to maintain a consistent customer base.
Provide client fitness evaluations and assessments.