How to Become a Personal Trainer

You’re halfway there. But, as with most things in life, wanting is only the first step of the journey.

In order to become a trainer and succeed as one, you need to have the right game plan in place and follow it up with consistent action — just like your workouts. As you’ll see in this guide, there are four simple steps you’ll need to take to become a personal trainer. And we’ll be covering the best ways to tackle each one.

How to Become a Personal Trainer
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Step 1: Get Your Prerequisites Completed First

Before you begin with a personal trainer course, you’ll likely need to have a few items checked off before you can get certified. These are:

18 Years
or Older
or Diploma

Most personal training certification bodies require these items before you sit down for the final exam. Additionally, many companies are requiring the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Certification along with the Emergency Cardiac Care (CPR), but these certifications can usually be packaged together by the same provider.

The American Red Cross is a popular choice for the CPR/AED certification, and you can check out their website to find classes near you.

Step 2: Research the Best Certified Personal Trainer Course For You

Fitness Mentors Vs. Other Certifications

Fitness Mentors
NCCA accreditation option
Best industry value CPT
Highest pass rate
20 CEU requirement
Lifetime expert guidance included
Business coaching included
After-hours and weekend support
Virtual coaching education included

Easy-to-follow curriculum

100% Online Coursework

100% Online Certification Exam

Options Include Two CPT Certifications



Eddie Lester

CEO of – Teaching 30,000+ students how to become CPT’s

Eddie Lester is the founder and CEO of Fitness Mentors. With more that 17 years experience in the health, fitness and athletics field, he has helped tens of thousands of personal trainers transform their careers and reach their business goals. With a background in Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology Eddie has assisted in research that is spearheading the exercise science field.

His in-depth knowledge of the Health, Wellness and Fitness industry has earned him a place as a regular contributor on high profile sites such as the Personal Trainer Development Center, (Dan to list top sites) online where he writes about nutrition and personal training.

His contributions to help personal trainers include a weekly blog, podcast, youtube channel and multiple books including: Business and Sales: the Guide to Success as a Personal Trainer.

Eddie’s Philosophy often times includes focusing on the bigger picture in which daily positive contributions lead to a major impact on himself, his family, his community and the world.

Eddie is commonly found at the beaches of Southern California with his wife Courtney and five kids.

Before you spend countless hours applying for jobs you may not enjoy, you should take the time to figure out what you really want and think about what gets you excited first.

You’ll save time by only applying to positions that check these boxes. Or, you may decide you don’t want to work for anybody and take a more independent route.

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So consider these questions:

  • Do you prefer to work primarily in-person or online?
  • Do you prefer large group training classes or one-on-one sessions?
  • Would you prefer to work for yourself or somebody else?
  • If you prefer to be employed, would you prefer to work in a big box gym, boutique gym, or some other setting?

If you’re looking to gain experience, it can also help to approach the staff where you currently work out to see if there are any openings.

Step 3: Choose a Course & Prepare

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This course includes:


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Other Fitness Mentors Bundles

Pro Bundle – $999

Includes THREE Certifications and 1-Year Mentorship!
Fitness Mentors CPT Certification, Certified Nutrition Specialist Certification, and Online Personal Trainer Certification

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Ultimate Bundle – $1599

Includes SIX Certifications and 1-Year Mentorship!
Fitness Mentors CPT Certification, Certified Nutrition Specialist Certification, Virtual Group Fitness Instructor Certification, Virtual Health Coach Certification, Pain Management, and Online Personal Trainer Certification

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Step 4: Specialize

Specializing for personal trainers is relevant on so many levels. Continuing education provides personal trainers a method in which to enhance their knowledge, improve their businesses, learn more about health, fitness and safety, and ultimately to enhance the lives of the clients that they serve. Our Continuing Education Courses provide our students the best opportunity to expand their mindset and become better Personal Trainers.

Check out the FM specialist certifications we offer below: 

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