Personal Trainer Jobs: Where to Work as a Personal Trainer?

Personal Trainer Jobs: Where to Work as a Personal Trainer?

There is no simple way to answer this question as it comes down to each person’s personal circumstances. There are lots of things to contemplate, so we’ve created a list of various things to ask and consider. This is to help you make the most informed decision possible at the time. Remember good business planning is key to setting up a sustainable and successful personal training business.

General Questions to ask in all scenarios:

  • How much is the rent?
  • How many other personal trainers work there?
  • What are the other trainers’ niches?
  • Always review your contract agreement (read everything – I can’t stress this enough)
  • Length of contractual agreement
  • What are the surrounding shops like for business relationships? i.e. referrals
  • How am I going to find clients? (Super important question)

Gym or health club

One of the most popular places of employment for personal trainers is a gym or health club. Gyms and health clubs are a great stepping-stone for personal trainers who have just been certified. It allows you to hone your craft, while also hopefully building your own client base.

Here are some important questions to ask when reviewing gyms and health clubs:

  • Do I get any runway? (i.e. one free month before being charged)
  • What is the number of members at the gym/health club?
  • What sort of support do you provide in terms of leads?
  • Do I have access to the database of clients?
  • What are the opening times?
  • Is there a space to assess clients?
  • Do you have a space to train privately?

Private Studio

There are generally a couple of ways to start working in a private studio. One is by opening your own and the other is by renting a space in somebody else’s. Renting is great if you don’t have much capital to fit out the studio with equipment or just don’t want to take on the risk by yourself.

Here are some good questions to ask when looking to share someone else’s facilities:

  • How many trainers per square metre?
  • When is the space available for you? (It is not much use if you can’t train your clients at the required time)
  • Is there a space to assess clients?
  • Do you have a space to train privately?

Going it alone

  • How much money do I have saved?
  • Can I afford the rent and other utilities?
  • Can I afford the equipment?
  • What are the terms and conditions of the lease?
  • Location accessibility
  • What is the surrounding area like?
  • Will I have any issues with the council? i.e. noise
  • Demographic and socioeconomic factors

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