Becoming a personal trainer is a great way for a fitness loving mum to convert the passion for fitness into a rewarding career. The obvious benefits include flexible working hours and staying in a good shape. It is also an ideal job for those that like to motivate others and help them to get their health or even their life on track.

While the certain level of fitness is essential in becoming a personal trainer you do not have to be overly fit–good communication skills are far more important. Generally, a personal trainer assesses the clients’ level of physical fitness and helps them set and reach their fitness goals. That not only requires professional knowledge in anatomy, physiology, kinetics, etc. but also a good ability to motivate the clients and help them stick to the program.

Typically, a personal trainer job includes the following:

  • Demonstration of various exercises and fitness routines.
  • Creating exercising programs for various clients and monitoring their progress.
  • Advising clients about general nutrition, weight control and health/fitness issues.
  • Giving emergency first aid if needed.

If you are considering a personal training career you would greatly benefit from developing the following knowledge and skills:

  • Customer service skills
  • Listening skills
  • Motivational skills
  • Business skills (if self-employed)

personal-trainer-careerBecoming a certified personal trainer is the most common way of entering personal training in the U.S.A. It is also the most convenient way of becoming a personal trainer for a busy or working mum. Most personal trainer certification programs are self-study models that may include a day or two-day workshops for hands-on experience. The scope of studying would depend on your current knowledge and experience. The less experience or knowledge in the fitness field you have the more preparation you will have to do. It may take you from three to twelve months to prepare for the certification exam with the average study time frame being 6 months.

To become a certified personal trainer in most, but not all, instances you need to fulfill following basic requirements: be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma, have a first aid certificate, have a certificate of proficiency in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR/AED). It may cost you anything from $90 to $1000 to get a personal trainer depending a quality and credibility of the preparation course. You can visit to find out how to become a personal trainer or to decide about the best personal trainer certification course for you.