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Health and Fitness A Career as a Personal Trainer. MEGAN BOWE BSc Dip PT Personal Trainer Sports Massage Therapist Pilates Instructor Nutritional Advisor. WHERE IT ALL BEGAN … I’ve graduated – now what ?. June 2006 Graduated with Sports Science BSc Degree

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health and fitness a career as a personal trainer

Health and FitnessA Career as a Personal Trainer


Personal TrainerSports Massage TherapistPilates InstructorNutritional Advisor

where it all began i ve graduated now what
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN… I’ve graduated – now what ?
  • June 2006 Graduated with Sports Science BSc Degree
  • July – October 2006 Travelled and Worked in California, USA
  • October – December 2006 Panicked !

Investigated Careers and Possible Job Opportunities

Back to Uni

Masters or PhD

Sports Coaching

Or Development

Health and Fitness

Personal Training

Outdoor Pursuits

Activity Instructor

Teacher Training

PE/Sports Teacher

qualifications training becoming the real deal
QUALIFICATIONS & TRAINING… becoming the real deal
  • Professionalising the industry

The Register of Exercise Professional (REPs) Mission Statement is: "To ensure that all exercise professionals are suitably knowledgeable and qualified to help safeguard and to promote the health and interests of the people who use their services."

  • Becoming qualified (from 8 weeks intensive - 2 years part time)

Number of providers that require studying and assessment of both practical and theory based skills (knowledge and instruction)

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QUALIFICATIONS & TRAINING… becoming the real deal
  • Advanced
  • Cardiovascular Training

Advanced Exercise

and Fitness Knowledge

  • Advanced
  • Resistance Training
  • Nutrition


Gym Instruction

Concepts and

Components of Fitness

Behaviour Change

Energy Systems

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Functional Kinesiology
qualifications training becoming the real deal2
QUALIFICATIONS & TRAINING… becoming the real deal
  • Training Providersnumber of different companies

TTR PT The Training Room Personal Training

    • Based in Hatfield or Bournemouth
    • 8 week intensive course
    • Provide employment opportunities once graduated
    • Assessment process to be accepted
ttr pt course content
TTR PT : Course Content
  • Format
    • 6 – 7 days a week 5 days studying 1-2 days work experience
  • Modules
    • Applied Anatomy and Physiology (level 2 and 3)
    • Foundation and Advanced Training Methods and Techniques
    • Functional Kinesiology and Core Training
    • Client Lifestyle and Fitness Assessment and Analysis
    • Training Principles and Programme Design
    • Certificate in Spinning / Aqua Aerobics / Circuit Training / Exercise to Music
    • Sports Nutrition
    • Nutrition & Weight Management
    • Interpersonal skills, psychology, motivation and behavioral change
    • Business, Marketing and Sales Skills
personal training so what s it all about
PERSONAL TRAINING… so what’s it all about ?

Role of a Personal Trainer

  • Perform in depth evaluations of clients fitness levels
  • Prescribe exercises appropriate for client and their goals
  • Demonstrate and educate proper technique of exercises
  • Monitor and record clients progress making adjustments when needed to continually challenge and aid progression
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PERSONAL TRAINING… so what’s it all about ?

Its not ALL practical

  • Hard work includes promoting yourself to attract clients, assessing new clients needs and developing and planning the exercises ready for the session !

But A LOT of it is ! Hooray !

  • As long as you are knowledgeable, professional, organised and safe … training clients is the easiest and most fun part of the job !
  • Working with clients hands on
  • Show them exercises and the correct way to do them
  • Spotting and Encouraging them
  • Providing Motivation and Positive Feedback
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PERSONAL TRAINING… so what’s it all about ?

Essential Qualities

… successful traits to have and hone

  • Enthusiastic and Motivated
  • Passionate and Knowledgeable
  • Hard Working, Positive and Patient
  • Good Listener and Clear Communicator
  • Organised, Professional but Adaptable
  • Always keen to always learn MORE !
personal training why is it so popular
PERSONAL TRAINING… why is it so popular ?

Using knowledge and expertise to help others lead a healthier lifestyle by creating solutions to their problems !

Many Benefits to clients …

  • Health and Fitness
    • Weight management, Fitness, Posture, Reduce Injury and Illness
  • Mental and Wellbeing
    • Improve confidence, Boost energy and mood, Sleep and Work Better
  • Convenient and Successful
    • Located in own home, local gym or park
    • Motivation and education provided with mentor and teacher
  • Affordable
a day in the life of me
  • Wake up early … drive to clients homes

Training Sessions 8am 9.30am 11am

  • Continuing the day … onto the gym

Gym Shift starts 1 – 6pm

  • Make my way home … an evening pilates class to take

Pilates Class 7pm

  • Home by 8pm to relax and prepare for the next day !
personal training the process of new clients
PERSONAL TRAINING… the process of new clients
  • Initial Consultation
    • Get to know the person, their goals and commitment/availability
  • Initial Assessments and Testing
    • Health and Fitness(VO2 max, Body Fat %, Circumferences, Strength, Flexibility)
  • Nutrition and Lifestyle
    • (Take away and complete food diary/lifestyle questionnaire and choice of pt type training programme)
exercise the basics cardiovascular training
EXERCISE : THE BASICS… Cardiovascular Training
  • To be completed 3 + times each week
  • Build up to 20 – 40 minutes at a time to improve health and fitness and to reduce body fat
  • Optimum Heart Rate Zone : Karvonen Method
  • Can be complete in the gym on cardiovascular machines or by other activities such as swimming, walking, and sports
  • Anything that increase your heart rate
  • Interval training is great for fat burning AND cardiovascular benefits
exercise the basics resistance training
EXERCISE : THE BASICS… Resistance Training
  • To be completed 2 - 3 times each week
  • Good form or technique MUST be performed to get the most out of these exercises as this can raise metabolic rate with the increase of lean muscle
  • Work all major muscle groups of the body with compound exercises such as squats and bench press
  • Rest the muscles and avoid working the same muscle groups on consecutive days to get the best results from your programme.
  • Include core exercises to improve posture and definition and to avoid injury
exercise the basics stretch and flexibility training
EXERCISE : THE BASICS… Stretch and Flexibility Training
  • Aids muscle growth, repair and shape
  • Increases flexibility and ROM and promotes faster recovery
  • Ease into a stretch and hold for 20 – 30 seconds
  • Perform stretches between sets or after a workout

Can lead onto other areas such as sport massage therapy

Training can be completed with another number of training providers

my first job an adult with responsibilities
MY FIRST JOB… an adult with responsibilities !
  • Next Generation Health Club
    • Gym Instructor20 hours within the gym, running the floor, providing assistance to members and taking inductions and fitness classes.
    • Personal Trainerworking with clients on a one to one basis to individually motivate and help them achieve their goals.

Working for a large gym or health club is valuable experience on you way to being a successful personal trainer

18 months and counting a career in the making
18 MONTHS AND COUNTING … a career in the making
  • Mix and Match : Enjoying what I am good at !
    • Gym Instructor
    • Personal Trainer (for two separate gyms)
    • Own Boss (home personal training business)
    • Freelance Class Instructor (pilates, spinning etc)

Organisation is vital … my diary is my bible !

my own business my developing aspirations
MY OWN BUSINESS… my developing aspirations
  • A work in progress … a dream in the making
  • Home and Gym Based Personal Training Sessions
    • Part time at present to be my full time job in the next few years !
  • Be your own boss
  • Organised, Motivated and Driven
  • Hard work but enjoyable and rewarding
  • Working hours are determined by your success and efficiency
my cv places i ve worked
MY CV : Places I’ve Worked
  • 2008 Exercise Solutions Personal Training


Gym Instructor, Personal Trainer, Swedish and Sports Massage Therapist

Class Instructor - Pilates, Spinning, LBT, Circuits and Core Ball

  • 2007/8 Cliffords Health Clubs, Long Eaton, Nottingham
  • 2007/8 Next Generation Health Clubs, Leicester (Narborough)
  • 2007 Fitspace Gym, Bournemouth
  • 2006Major League Soccer Camps (California, USA)
  • 2005 Abacus Care Nursing and Caring Services
  • 2005 Nottingham Forest Football ClubPhysiotherapy Work Experience
  • 2005 NHS Nottingham Queens Medical Centre

Physiotherapy Work Shadowing

getting involved tips for career development
GETTING INVOLVED… tips for career development
  • Research training providers
  • Investigate work experience or book in with a gym instructor or personal trainer
  • When qualified work in a gym, health or sports club to gain valuable experience
  • Personal training takes time and dedication to develop a client base and network
  • Practice what you preach ! You’ll be better at your job !
final tips being the best
Final Tips : Being the Best !
  • Don’t be a know it all … if you don’t know don’t blag !
  • Admit when you’re wrong … don’t let your clients struggle !
  • Give your full attention … you are responsible for their safety
  • Practice what you preach … AND NEVER STOP LEARNING !




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