Bryan University Logo

Top 5 Skills Needed for Personal Training

There are so many skills needed for personal training. We explain a few in this post.

Love for health, fitness, and nutrition will certainly get you half way through your qualification as a personal trainer. Considering the time and freedom it gives you, you might also be tempted to take up a job as a personal trainer, in order to enjoy the flexibility that comes with it.

Whatever your reasons may be – love for personal fitness or a flexible career – it takes more than simply knowing the fundamentals and techniques of exercise and training to become a personal trainer. Indeed, some of your required skills have nothing to do with exercise.

Top 5 Skills Needed for Personal Training planning organization

Skills Needed for Personal Training

Take a look at our top 5 skills needed for personal training:

  1. Social Skills and Communication

As a personal trainer you will be dealing with a wide variety of persons. You need to be able to get through every individual whose training you will be handling. This requires that you draw upon all of your social skills. Be cheerful and outgoing so that your clients warm up to you quickly. Married with strong communication skills, you’d be able to convince anyone to follow the fitness plans you prepare for them.

  1. Empathy

Every client comes from a different background, battles different challenges, and tackles different limitations, both physical and mental, in order to become physically fit. Your ability to connect on a personal level with these ones will depend on how well you listen to them and understand their plight. See life through the eyes of each client, understand their goals, and create a personalized plan for them. Put simply, you should have a genuine interest in your clients.

  1. Motivation and Leadership

One of your major tasks as a personal trainer is motivating others to keep fit, working themselves out until they reach their goals. Thus, you must be able to keep your clients extremely motivated enough to push through their limits and complete their routine. A good personal trainer should also be able to teach others to motivate themselves. Also very important is your ability to motivate yourself every day and push yourself beyond your limits, thus leading by example.

  1. Planning and Organization

Personal trainers work with many different clients. It takes proper organization and planning skills to draw up plans that are unique to each individual, and to keep aware of where each person has reached in their journey so that you can make appropriate changes. You wouldn’t be slugging out the same routines with each client you spend some time with, so it is important that you know who you will be dealing with and what their targets are.

  1. Professionalism

Stay on the edge of advancements in cutting-edge fitness and nutrition techniques as you seek to provide your clients with up to date information that will aid their workout success. Professionalism can also be felt and seen in the way you dress and the way you conduct yourself. Be polite and sincere in your dealings with clients, and present yourself in a manner that shows that you practice what you preach and you benefit a lot from doing so.

Bryan University has a degree program that can help you achieve greatness and develop those top skills needed as a personal trainer.

If you are not a student, but are thinking of a career in personal training and fitness, what are you waiting for? Contact us and set up a time to speak with one of our admissions representatives. Or, check out program options at Bryan University:

Request information

And Get a FREE Career Brochure
Return to Bryan Newsroom