How To Become A Personal Trainer (Forbes Health)

Posted: Dec 05, 2023 in In the News

This article originally appeared in Forbes Health on December 5, 2023.


How To Become A Personal Trainer

By Lauren Silva

If you have a passion for fitness, becoming a personal trainer can launch your personal interest into a fulfilling career. And personal training doesn’t have to mean solely training clients individually in a big box gym. In reality, it can lead to several career paths, such as leading small group training classes or starting your own business.

Becoming a personal trainer requires a fair amount of studying and dedication to meet certification requirements and stay up to date as exercise science evolves. Read on to learn how to become a personal trainer, from the coursework and certification exam to training clients and maintaining your certification.

What Is a Personal Trainer?

A personal trainer is a fitness professional who creates safe and personalized exercise programs to help individuals or groups meet their health and fitness goals.

“A personal trainer combines their fitness expertise and motivational skills and the interpersonal relationships they have with their clients to help people reach their goals,” explains Morit Summers, a certified personal trainer and co-owner of FORM Fitness in Brooklyn, New York.

Personal trainers can help individuals set their initial fitness goals and provide instruction along the way, adds Cara D’Orazio, a certified personal trainer and owner and fitness instructor at C.G.M. Fitness, Inc. in Huntington, New York.

“A personal trainer is there to guide you toward your goals,” adds Summers. “We can’t do the work for our clients, but we can definitely give guidance and support along the way.”

A personal trainer can meet with their clients in person and/or virtually. “[Clients] get the same workout whether they’re in person or online,” says D’Orazio. “I’m able to tailor [workouts] and provide modifications and corrections [in both settings].”

Why Become a Personal Trainer?

Becoming a personal trainer is a great way to share your passion about fitness with others, says Natalya Vasquez, certified personal trainer and founder of Bridal Bootcamp San Diego. Positively influencing clients’ lives as a personal trainer can also be incredibly rewarding, she adds.

“On the surface, you help people get physically stronger and healthier,” says Vasquez. “However, beyond the physical changes and biometric statistics are intangible results like increased confidence that spill into every other area of a person’s life.”

“A fitness journey can be really scary and uncomfortable, and being a trainer and having the ability to help someone find comfort in the uncomfortable is truly a beautiful thing,” adds Summers.

3 Steps to Becoming a Personal Trainer

There are different paths to becoming a personal trainer. Previous schooling in health sciences isn’t required, but you do need a certification offered by an accredited educating and governing body to become a personal trainer. Below are the three basic steps required to become a personal trainer.

1. Choose a Certification

Determining the best personal trainer certification to pursue is a personal choice, says D’Orazio and Vasquez, but it’s important to take the following into account:

  • The cost of study materials and the exam
  • The format of the exam
  • The topics covered by the program
  • Support provided while studying for the exam and when trying to find a job afterward

Common reputable certification organizations and their personal trainer certification course prices (not necessarily including exam fees) are listed below.

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM): $529 to $649
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE): A one-time payment ranging from $675 to $975


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