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Personal trainers plan individual training programmes for customers to help them to achieve their personal health and fitness goals. A career as a personal trainer can be both financially and personally rewarding, it gives you the chance to be your own boss and also to build your career around your life.

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Working hours

Your working hours will depend on your customer’s availability. This may often mean working evenings and weekends. You can choose to be self-employed, which could involve renting space in a gym, setting up your own gym space, or visiting customers in their own homes or gyms.


There are no set salary scales and earnings depend on location, number of customers and on whether the trainer is self-employed or works for a gym. The average salary for this position will depend on location but potential earnings for a self-employed instructor range between £30 and £45 an hour. Full-time personal trainers can earn up to £40,000 a year.

Qualifications needed

Read more about the qualifications you need to become a personal trainer or take a look at other YMCA Awards qualifications.

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