How to Start a Fitness Trainer Business

Are you a fitness trainer looking to start your own fitness training business? Do you often feel that you have the skill to start a fitness trainer business but your not sure how and where to start?

Is fitness training what you really want to do? If it is then here is a guide on how to start your own fitness trainer business.

If you are really interested in becoming a fitness trainer and starting your own business then you have to take fitness seriously. Starting your own fitness trainer business is not just all workouts and personal sessions. It requires a lot of your work and dedication as well. As a fitness trainer the most important thing that you are offering to your clients is an adequate knowledge of physical fitness and exercises. The first thing that you have to do in starting a fitness trainer business is to get certified. Getting certified not only an advantage to your credibility as a trainer it also helps your client get the specific body workout and safety that they need.

Get certified in starting a fitness training business

There are a number of things that you need to get certified in before you start your fitness trainer business. The foremost of which is a First Aid and CPR certification. You can checkout the fire department nearest you or any other community college that offers it. After the CPR and First Aid certification you also have to get into a program to qualify you in exercise training. Many well-respected fitness organizations offer this certification such as the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), American Council on Exercise (ACE) and Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), among others. To really help you to learn more of the proper training and exercise you may even opt to enroll in a college course that is exercise related. Don’t forget to get an insurance policy as a safety measure for you and your client. Bear in mind that a fitness trainer business also requires you to pay taxes, so keep your income and tax records as well as client records in order.

Marketing your skills in a fitness trainer business

Marketing your skills as a fitness trainer is an important part in starting a business. Most fitness trainers choose to work for an established fitness center first and then branch out and start their own fitness trainer business. But even if you don’t get this initial client base, you can still advertise by other means such as through word of mouth, fliers, ads in local papers and even a website in the internet or advertising in chat rooms, groups or message boards that are exercise related.

Once you get your clients you need to establish some house rules. You can offer them packages or schedule their training sessions. You have to make a rule for cancellations of sessions and non-appearance of the clients. You also have to really know what the client’s health and physical needs are. Establish a fitness program and set goals.


  • RODERICK BOOKER said on February 11, 2009
    I am trying 2 get started, currently on my way 2 becoming a personal trainer & Nutritional Specialist, trying to get tips what ever i can. soon want to start my own business in fitness.
  • José Carlos said on February 23, 2009
    will you please send me information about how to start a fitness center. thanks
  • Brad Thomas said on August 1, 2009
    I currently work at health/fitness center but want to start a small home-base fitness business. Any tips or advice would be great!
  • Angela Loring said on November 11, 2009
    I have been in the fitness industry for 9 years and am looking to go out on my own, into either opening my own centre or starting my own personal training business. Can you please send me information on how to start my own business
  • Darryl said on March 12, 2010
    I want to start a business in my home as a Personal Fitness Trainer. I am currently taking a course and have been knowledgeable of the concepts of being a trainer for more than 5 years, and have successfully trained several persons whom wanted to learn to live a healthy lifestyle without a certificate and have explained to them that before they start that I was not certified. Can I start my own PT business while taking my course??? Thank you!!!! Matheson, Ontario., Canada
  • BEATRICE said on April 27, 2010
    I am a certified personal trainer and am looking to go out on my own, into opening my own centre. Can you please send me information on how to start my own business
  • Adonis Hill said on July 14, 2010
    please send information about how to start a fitness Organization in the united states, city: Brooklyn, New York, Thank you.
  • vamsi said on August 13, 2010
    Hi, I am looking forward to start mobile personal training business. could you please give me some information if possible. thanks for everyone who offering this online services .
  • Hollie Mayes said on October 4, 2010
    I am starting a personal training business, please give me some info.
  • bruce said on December 30, 2010
    I want to know how do a trainer gain the ability and know how to certify and train another person? my location is in Travelers Rest South Carolina,29690
  • henry gerner said on January 16, 2011
    Interesting that I have stumbled on this. I am currently looking for a job as a fitness trainer. Back in 1995 I was certified-later joining the USN (in the medical field) gave me a huge opportunity to advance in health and fitness. What I am currently seeing right now in interviews is quite simply that working for a fitness center is a bad way to go!! They seem to have preferences over others--and the fitness club scene is flakey and clicky! going solo is the best way to do it. Get the money for basic gear. Get certified. Do it at there location, or health club of choice. The only thing is that I would like to team up with someone in the milwaukee wisconsin area. Seems to be going slow. Any ideas?
  • Dwayne Perry said on January 31, 2011
    I enjoy physical activities and nutrition. I am currently on my way to becoming a personal trainer trying to get tips what ever I can. Soon want to start my own business in fitness with my girlfriend who is a certified Dietician. Can you send me info.
  • endurance said on October 22, 2012
    am currently on how to becoming a personal trainer need tips and help. can you send me some info.
  • dujuan bennett said on October 31, 2012
    so i need to get a home base to get started? i'm certified. but its hard to find a home base so i'm in linbo land right now. i need to make cash asap
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