The life of a personal trainer can be very rewarding for someone who is very fit and who is looking for a career that is physically challenging. If you are happy with a career that involves maintaining your clients' health and if you take pride in the manner your clients' lifestyle progressively becomes healthier under your tutelage, you probably want to become a personal trainer. As a personal trainer, your working hours may be spent in different ways. You may visit your clients at their home or the health club or the fitness centre. You may conduct individual sessions or sessions for batches and larger groups. Your form of training may be in aerobic exercises or resistance exercises or in flexibility training. There are trainers who concentrate on clients that have specific needs as well.
When you become a fitness instructor or personal trainer, you will find that your working conditions can be very flexible and you can take charge of your daily routine. This will give you time to look after other aspects of your life. You will meet different people and teach them at different levels. When you become a personal trainer, you will never be short of a job since you will always find clients desperately interested to shed weight and look good and you can help them achieve their individual goals.
To be a personal trainer, you will have to attend personal trainer courses provided by one of the several fitness training course providers that work under the National Qualification Framework (NQF). There is a credit transfer system with nine levels of learning that starts at the secondary school level and goes on to higher education stage. Starting with levels 1 and 2 that are the basic level and fitness instructing stage, level 3 is a certificate in personal training. This is the final stage after which you can apply for personal trainer jobs. Level 4 involves the medical side of training that includes cardiac rehabilitation, obesity and exercise after an injury or a stroke. This level will clear you for jobs within industries related to health. Finally, it is up to you to decide whether you wish to be a personal trainer or a circuit trainer, an aerobics instructor or become a specialist in children's exercise routine.