Personal Trainer Role Profile

Our personal trainer role profile outlines what is expected of you to teach and help people to exercise correctly. Your role is to educate, motivate, plan and coach your client to help them get the best from their workouts and exercise plans (which are bespoke to each client).

We have put a basic personal trainer role profile below, but every centre and club will be different.

A personal trainer usually has hourly sessions during which clients are helped with their workouts, whether using weights, cv machines or dong aerobics, walking or flexibility training. During the workout, trainer's monitor and record client's progress using methods such as body fat testing and heart rate levels. This enables you to give advice about lifestyle changes and more general information about health and nutrition.

Your job prospects as a trainer range from working in health clubs for chains such as Holmes Place, LA Fitness and Fitness First through to spas, resorts and cruise ships. Corporate fitness and wellbeing is also growing rapidly and many trainers work for companies providing workplace wellness programs. Of course, what appeals to most people is the chance to set up your own business as a personal fitness trainer.




To provide a comprehensive one-on-one educational fitness program for members to assist them in achieving their fitness goals.


As a personal trainer with the ABC health, it is your responsibility to provide a comprehensive one-on-one educational fitness program that promotes a health and fitness program through realistic goal setting and education. Produce independent exercisers by providing them in-depth information on equipment usage, lifestyle management, and ultimately, how to design their own personal fitness program.


All trainers must possess the minimum level 3 NVQ in a personal training certificate from a recognised provider or at least a bachelor's degree in a sport and fitness-related field. Trainers without either must acquire a certification within six months of their hire date. Dependent upon experience, some candidates may also need to successfully complete a practical exam with the assistant director of Fitness Centers and or the strength and conditioning graduate assistant.


  • Each trainer is responsible for tracking client paperwork
  • Attend all in-service trainings and meetings
  • Accurately record client-training sessions for payment purposes
  • Communicate client program progress and/or problems with the Assistant Director of Fitness Centers and Programs or the Strength and Conditioning Graduate Assistant
  • Take pride in each and every client, assisting him or her in every way possible
  • Conduct personal training sessions within the policies and guidelines established by ABC health
  • Be punctual and conduct yourself in a professional manner
  • Successfully complete and update CPR and first aid training
  • Maintain personal training certification through continuing education


  • Review risk management and emergency procedures established by ABC health
  • Participate in training of Fitness Supervisors
  • Represent the ABC Fitness/Wellness program on an as-needed basis
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Assistant Director of Fitness Centers and Programs, the Strength and Conditioning Graduate Assistant or the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator

Once you have undertaken your course and got yourself qualified, the NRPT has set up an Associate membership to put you in touch with other trainers across the UK. Without 12 months experience, unfortunately we cannot promote you through our extensive online and offline network, however we can provide you with a members area where you can get in touch with other trainers in your area, take advantage of our members offers and get sound business, VAT and tax advice.

Please refer to the 'Join the NRPT' section for more details about our Associate membership, members website and more.

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