Achieving a level 3 Personal Trainer qualification plays a vital role in being recognised as a credible Fitness Professional
Level 3 Personal Trainer Qualification
A Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification indicates to employers and clients that you have met the required industry standard for a Personal Trainer and that you are credible in your endeavours. This handy resource for aspiring Personal Trainers delves into the role of the Personal Trainer some of the work opportunities on offer, how to get started together with some great ways to progress and advance your career.
Responsibilities of a Personal Trainer
Personal Fitness Trainers provide exercise instruction, support and guidance to a wide range of clients typically on a one to one basis to improve how thy look, feel and function. Client needs can be varied and complex and this is where successful Personal Trainers come into their own. This is because they don’t think about client fitness in isolation. Instead they are driven and focused to support client wellness by helping them optimise their holistic health looking at total client well-being rather than simply targeting individual elements.
Information gathering tools such as questionnaires can be used by the Personal Trainer during client consultations to delve into the factors that may be acting as ‘stressors’ affecting their wellbeing. Armed with this information and knowledge the trainer can discuss their findings and agree priorities. Once this is agreed they can design and creating an exercise programme that is targeted to improvements in client holistic health whilst at the same time supporting their underlying exercise and fitness objectives.
Here’s an example;
You’ve just met a highly stressed client who is seeking help with losing weight and improving their body shape. Having looked at the complete picture you know that they are experiencing an emotional stress overload. An ineffective route to programme design would be to create an intensive training routine such as one that adhered to HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) principles. Given their stress levels the physical demands could prove too much for your client’s body risking injury, exacerbated fatigue and low levels of enjoyment.
A better option would be to coach this client on a safe multi-joint orientated exercise programme including squats, walking and static lunges and stress reducing Swiss ball exercises. This approach will assist with speeding metabolism for successful weight loss whilst targeting positive energy flow to manage stress through the functional movement patterns you’ve selected.
Attributes of a Personal Trainer
- Well planned and organised
- Friendly and sociable
- Knowledgeable on fitness and human anatomy and function
- An effective communicator
- Goal orientated
- Driven and self-motivated
What you need to become a Personal Trainer.
You need to gain your level 3 Personal Trainer qualification to work with clients as a Personal Trainer. Before you can start you should hold a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing or equivalent, or alternatively you can opt for a combined level 2 and level 3 Personal Trainer course. Once you have your level 3 certification you are ready to get started on your new career.
Advancing your career
Once qualified your focus is likely to be on growing your client base, looking after clients, booking appointments and consultations and exercise programme design and delivery. For the time being advancing your personal training career is probably not at the forefront of your mind. But give it a little time and you’ll probably start thinking about how you can attract more clients, developing your knowledge of specialist groups and how to offer additional fitness related services. At this point a popular route is to widen your services to include new client groups. For example by offering kids fitness sessions, boot camps or group based exercise to music sessions. These can appeal to both existing and new clients thereby effectively growing your business and widening your customer appeal.
Fitness Courses at Affordable Prices
We provide Level 3 Personal Trainer qualifications of exceptional price and quality enabling you excel in your fitness career.
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The Academy of Fitness Professionals provide the gold standard in accredited personal trainer courses, fitness instructor courses and nutrition courses with state of the art training fully endorsed by REPs, Skills Active and the NCFE. 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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