Personal Trainer

Personal trainers are people dedicated to helping clients reach their individual goals and realize their potential through coaching and managing their physical training programmes.

Personal trainers take on a range of clients, from beginners to top athletes. They supervise their clients’ physical programmes and educate, motivate and inspire them to achieve optimum fitness and to meet their individual goals.

They screen and test prospective clients, then design safe, effective and enjoyable exercise programmes for them. They instruct clients on the correct techniques to avoid injury. They draw up training logs and monitor training programmes, and record the development and achievements of their clients. They advise clients on exercise options, goal setting, nutrition and lifestyle; they answer fitness-related questions, and then refer problems to appropriate healthcare professionals.


  • universities and universities of technology

  • health clubs

  • community organisations

  • trade unions

  • gymnasiums

  • SAP


  • correctional services

  • self-employment, personal trainers may establish their own client bases and become self- employed

Getting Started

  • try to obtain vacation or part-time work in a gymnasium

  • arrange to speak to a personal trainer about this type of career


Bindura University of Science Education, Bishop Stuart Universities, Boland TVET College, Health and Fitness Professionals Academy, Kumasi Polytechnic, Kyambogo University, Mauritius Institute of Education, National University of Science & Technology, Nelson Mandela University, North-West University, Rosebank College, University of Botswana, University of Fort Hare, University of Johannesburg, University of Pretoria, University of Stellenbosch, University of the Free State, University of the Western Cape, Varsity College