Become a Master Personal Trainer

Become as Master Personal Trainer

To become a Master Personal Trainer you will need at least a Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training. Throughout your Personal Trainer course you will gain pivotal knowledge building expert understanding of how the human body works and functions and how to nurture it from a fitness perspective. You will also develop skills in the practical aspects of personal training so that you are ready to coach your very own clients delivering safe and highly effective PT sessions.

A popular start point for graduates is to work in a gym setting. This offers great potential to build on the job knowledge before advancing to the next career step. A high percentage of our graduates opt for the freelance route creating their own personal training business and building up their client base from the outset.

Whichever path you take once qualified the sky’s the limit! Like many professions a carefully mapped out career plan, hard work and genuine passion for what you do can help you rise to the top and progress to a world class playing field.

Key Skills – 5 Essential Master Personal Trainer Traits

A friendly persona

Great Master Personal Trainers are able to build instant yet long lasting connections with their clients which stem from their friendly approach.

They are able to tap into the uniqueness of every client and place a great deal of emphasis on them as an individual with bespoke exercise solutions to match.

What’s more this type of Master Personal Trainer will recognise that these connections are vital not only to gaining a new client but in developing mutual trust and being able to instill long term motivation.

Knowledge and talent

In order to truly stand out as an expert it’s important that your knowledge is tip top. Our accredited Personal Training courses build a thorough understanding of the subject matter because we recognise how important this is to every one of our future graduates success. Of course this is the beginning of a journey which for the best of the best never ends.

Top Master Personal Trainers are at the forefront of the latest cutting edge techniques, they know and understand market trends and see keeping up to date as part of the day job. This approach to continuous exploration and learning also creates a highly effective networking platform opening up doors to new ideas and possibilities.

A role model

The best Master Personal Trainers live, eat and breathe the role. They recognise the importance of being a leading asset to their business and represent themselves accordingly at all times.

Just like you’d be unlikely to choose a hairdresser with badly kept hair or a dentist if they had terrible teeth, the same applies to the example you set as a PT. Clients are seeking your expertise in holistic health and this can include; exercise, nutrition, sleep cycles, mindfulness and stress management. Top trainers will always exemplify these qualities.

It’s important not to confuse this with the need to demonstrate a superior level of advanced fitness as this is simply not the case. Whilst it’s true that some Personal Trainers do have this disposition remember a role model simply needs to demonstrate behaviours that clients can realistically aim to replicate.

In essence the Master Personal Trainer is the unique selling point (USP) for their business and the health and fitness values it stands for. At the end of the day clients need to buy into you and your team and aspire to adopt the exercise and nutritional principles you recommend.

Passion and determination

The very best Master Personal Trainers exude passion for what they do. This becomes positively infectious and instils a commitment, determination and desire in clients to achieve goals that at the outset they may well have been perceived as unattainable.

This natural passion and determination not only translates to how top PT’s work with their clients and the awesome results they deliver, but it also means they are highly committed to growing their Personal Trainer business and career. Essentially they never stop moving forward and always have their sights set on where they’re heading next.


Successful trainers are natural leaders. In our experience they may not necessarily recognise this trait but make no mistake, creating a means for clients to achieve their health and fitness goals, through effective exercise and nutritional prescription, involves the qualities of powerful leadership.

But it’s not only about the ability to execute your ideas with clients that will enable you to fulfil your ambitions. It’s about successfully executing your venture developing it into a sustainable business for the future. Some of your work may seem somewhat ordinary such as maintaining effective client bookings, invoicing and record keeping but these tasks are the life blood of building a highly committed client base to deliver your long term goals

How to Rise to the Top

As the saying goes from small acorns grow mighty oak trees. But let’s face it this isn’t down to magic. Careful nurturing is required every step of the way. The same applies to how an aspiring Master Personal Trainer should treat their career planning is they are truly serious about rising to the top of the profession.

Career planning

Think from the very outset about your career plan and commit to reviewing this regularly taking proactive steps that turn your vision into reality.


What are my immediate goals?
Typically this will be to become a certified Master Personal Trainer with either the Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training or the Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training.

Where do I want to be once I’m a qualified Master Personal Trainer?
A popular aim is to gain employment in a Personal Trainer role working for a gym or leisure centre, or to set up and practice as a freelance Personal Trainer.

Where do I see myself in 3, 5 and 10 years’ time?
An example of a longer term career plan could be to progress from working in a gym to going freelance within 3 years running your very own PT business. Within 5 years you might aspire to have a number of employees or your own gym and within 10 years to have developed your own fitness franchise.

Business planning for Master Personal Trainers

With your career plan sorted the next step is to develop your business plan. This takes your career goals and breaks them down into tangible business goals which may or may not be financial, enabling you to gain the results you want.

Let’s take an example. Imagine you are a newly qualified Personal Trainer and have just landed your first job working for a national gym chain. After giving yourself a huge pat on the back you settle into your new role and gradually build up a regular clientele. Life is good and you’re loving what you do. However, you’ve got your sights set on going freelance in 3 years’ time and so outside of work you are setting aside some of your hard earned cash to put towards you new business venture, looking at your local market, checking out other personal training services and competitors, and figuring out your business offer. All of this is covered in your business plan which has month by month steps and actions to help you truly achieve your goal 3 years from now.

Fast forward 3 years and its launch day for your new micro gym. Onwards and upwards your sights are firmly set on the next part of your plan.

Decide to become a Master Personal Trainer and without doubt you are choosing a career in an exciting, competitive and financially lucrative market.

This is good news as it means a slice of this market is there for you to grab and mould into your very own PT empire be this in a gym, freelance or through a fitness collaboration.

It may come as a welcome relief that for those that rise to the top there’s no big industry secret that puts them above other trainers. Instead they simply combine their talent, passion and flair for the day job with a good dose of business acumen that enables them to achieve continued success.

How can I find out more?

If you’d like to have a chat about our range of Fitness courses and Nutrition and Health courses please get in touch and we’ll be delighted to help.

The Academy of Fitness Professionals provide the gold standard in accredited personal training courses with state of the art training fully. Their specialist knowledge features in the UK health and fitness media including the Mirror, BBC2 and Women’s Running. This is the ultimate learning destination for those serious about their fitness industry education and long term career as a Personal Trainer.

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