How to become a personal trainer

To become an accredited personal trainer in Australia you’ll need to complete a training course at one of the many available educational institutes offering qualifications in personal training and fitness coaching. 

Personal training is a satisfying and fun career for those interested in helping others in their goals to become fit and healthy. You’ll get to spend time away from a desk, interacting with others and making money while keeping fit yourself. 

What does a personal trainer do? 

Personal trainers help people to:

  • Improve overall fitness
  • Target a particular area of fitness they’d like to improve in
  • Improve basic nutrition 
  • Monitor and track fitness goal journeys
  • Be inspired and educating about benefits of health and fitness

How much does a personal trainer make in Australia? 

Personal trainers earn around $30 per hour on average according to the latest wage data. The average personal trainer working full time earns between $50,000  - $75,000 per year. 

Depending on skills, experience and qualifications, however, they can earn more. 

Tips to be a successful personal trainer

While it might be easy enough to complete a training certification, there are a few things to know if you’re looking to make a successful living from being a personal trainer in Australia. 

Here are our top tips:

1. Set some goals for your new endeavour 

Setting some early goals, writing them down and holding yourself accountable is a great way to kick off your new business. 

Read our guide to setting achievable business goals for 2023.

2. Consider widening your offering 

From nutrition coaching to specialising in older clients, don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to what you can offer clients. 

3. Focus on spending time building a client base, not at the desk

Using gym management software like Clubworx you’ll be able to focus on building your business, not administrative work. 

4. Have a social media presence 

Social media is a powerful tool when it comes to building an audience and increasing leads. 

Follow our tips here for Instagram marketing for your fitness business. Or, if you’re more interested in YouTube, follow our complete guide to starting a YouTube fitness channel

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