Becoming a Fitness Trainer| 6 Steps

So with all that’s going on around concerns of the Corona virus, many more people are homebound or working from home. Please be safe, continue to wash your hands and keep taking precautionary steps.

However, this also means you need to find more things to occupy your time. I have not been going to the gym as I attempt to avoid crowds during this unprecedented time. However, I’ve still been working out at home. I’ve even started my personal trainer course with NASM.

Step 1: Take action

So after months of talking about becoming a better me, I realized that I had to take action for those words to be impactful.

I decided that I didn’t simply want to be fit. Instead, I wanted to be fit and find out how the body works. I wanted to know what exercises would be best and why. Thus, I decided to become a personal trainer.

I wanted to first be the change I hope to see by training myself first. It was my belief that once I could help myself first, then I could help others.

Fitness trainers should also look the part, so I knew I had to work on me first and develop routines to tone myself, then I could later share with my clients. So this is an exciting challenge for me. Also, remember that fitness is a lifestyle not a life phase.

Step 2: Research


I scoured the internet looking for steps to becoming a personal fitness trainer but it was information overload and not necessarily all in one place.

So what I learned is that you don’t have to be certified. If you’re a fitness Instagramer, have your own side hustle, and look the part, clients usually will not ask for your certification. However, if you hope to work in a gym…. Then it is usually mandatory. Plus, I just find it to be better practice if you know what you’re talking about and have the certification to prove it.

Step 3: Take a Fitness Course

There are an abundance of courses out there from your local college to online courses. Just make sure they are accredited by the NCCA. However, after Adrian H. Reached out from, I suddenly had a base to begin my research.

Using the website, I found the information for a local college, and contacted them. They stated that learning would take place online. So ultimately, I decided to continue looking at my online options and settled on NASM’s website.

Eventually, I do plan to take the ACE exam, but one thing at a time. Also, it is very important that you recertify every 2 years through an approved program, to keep your certification active.

Lastly, the cost of the exam was included in the package I chose, but many sites I researched, give the option of self-study. However, choose the package that’s right for you. The exam by itself, I believe is between $300 to $500, so it made more sense for me to complete a course where everything would be included together.

Step 4: Register for the exam


Once you complete a course, depending on your program, you have between six months to a year to register for the exam. Additionally, the exam is held at a center where it is proctored. You complete it online and usually, get your results right away.

Make sure you give yourself enough time to study. It could be as little as 10 weeks to as much as 20 weeks for the whole length of the course, studying for at least an hour a day. Nonetheless, only you will know your pace.

I chose the certified fitness course with a specialization in Women’s Fitness. There are so many options available but I knew that I wanted to train women, particularly mothers.

However, there are choices such as a group fitness instructor, a health coach, nutrition consultant and many more.

Step 5: Become Certified

So essentially, being certified is just passing a fitness exam accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). In this case, National Academy of Sports and Medicine (NASM) and the American Council on Exercise (ACE) are the most widely accepted and recognized. Plus, if you go to a gym with an NASM certification, they usually have a slightly better pay package.

  • You also need to have a current CPR/ First Aid certificate.
  • Be 18 years old or older
  • Completed high school or a GED program

Step 6

Find Clients

Well in 4 months or less after I’m certified, I’ll create another post about my experience with the NASM course. Until then, you can check out my previous fitness workouts by clicking the link below.

However, another reason I chose NASM was because they guarantee helping to find job placement. This is definitely one way to gain clients, by working through the gym.

Another way to get clients are to actively peruse through gyms and quietly recruit clients. Although, I’m quite sure the gym won’t like that.

Lastly, you can find clients through your social media channels. The more you build yourself and reputation as a personal trainer, the more the clients will simply start coming to you.

Hope this helps a future trainer

Until next time,

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