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What is a Personal Trainer?

Personal Trainers work with individuals or small groups of people, to assess and improve their clients’ health and physical fitness. Trainers measure each person’s fitness level, strengths and weaknesses, discuss the client’s desired outcomes and then design an exercise program to suit the individual goals outlined.

Each person’s health and fitness levels may vary greatly, so a Personal Trainer must tailor each workout session accordingly. Clients' goals may include muscle toning, losing weight, increasing flexibility, strength or speed, improving endurance, or overall health management.
Personal Trainers motivate their clients by setting achievable targets, providing feedback and encouragement, monitoring progress, and revising programs where needed in order for the client to reach their ultimate goal.

A Personal Trainer can also provide information and advice on beneficial dietary practices, helping clients to develop nutrition plans to support their exercise program and in some cases referring or working with a nutritionist or dietician.

What do Personal Trainers do?

  • Assessing clients’ health and fitness level and identifying risk factors.
  • Consulting with clients to determine their desired outcomes.
  • Designing customised fitness programs and exercise routines to suit each individual’s abilities, lifestyle and goals.
  • Demonstrating and providing instruction on movements, techniques and correct use of equipment used in fitness routines.
  • Leading group exercises and personal tuition in a safe and engaging manner.
  • Providing motivation, support and encouragement.
  • Supplying information and liaising with health professionals to develop dietary and nutritional plans.
  • Ensuring exercise equipment is safe, clean and properly set up.
  • Implementing and upholding health and safety standards and injury prevention practices.
  • Maintaining up-to-date first aid certificates.

Career snapshot for Personal Trainer

  • The average age of working Personal Trainers is 37.
  • 40.90% of Personal Trainers are male.
  • 36.20% of Personal Trainers work full-time and on average they work around 40.3 hours per week.
  • With A Certificate II or III, Personal Trainers get paid $923 per week Before Tax.
  • Unemployment levels are average.
  • In 2015 records showed 31,000 employed Personal Trainers.
  • The projected growth of the profession is estimated to be very strong with employment numbers around 38,300 by 2020.