How to Become a Certified Personal Trainer in Maryland


An excellent way to share your love for fitness with those who actually want your advice is to become a certified personal trainer. Below are some basic steps to get you started in this direction.

  • Evaluate your personality. It is imperative that you love working closely with people. An introverted trainer will not get very far. Having the natural ability to motivate others is also key to your success. Your clients’ backgrounds will vary; therefore, adaptability in meeting their personal needs goes a long way.

  • Educate yourself. You may have your exercise routine down to a science, but to gain success in this field knowing how to adjust for each individual client is important. Learning how to give nutritional suggestions, demonstrating knowledge of how the muscles in the body work along with knowing the science of exercise sets you apart from others.

  • Work towards certification. A personal trainer must be at least 18 years old. Before you can sit for the certification exam, you must have an up-to-date cardiopulmonary resuscitation certificate. Before you obtain your results, you have to show this certificate to the testing establishment.

  • Decide your business course. What type of people do you want to work with? Do you want to work through a gym or as an independent personal trainer? If your choice is to work through a gym in Maryland, your choices are many. Whether it is weight management or weight lifters training for competition, specialize in a field that fits your knowledge and passion.

  • Find your clients. Now that everything for your new business is in place, it is now time to find your clients. In Maryland, you can advertise your services in local newspapers or on bulletin boards where local athletes hang out. Network with businesses to offer your services on site for busy executives.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check local requirements in the state of Maryland.

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