How to Become a Personal Trainer in California


Getting fit and staying in shape is a priority for many people living in California, and so is the need for a personal trainer. Getting that buff body requires hard work, and personal trainers can help educate and motivate clients to obtain their fitness goals. Personal trainers develop and implement fitness programs for all types of people, from those just starting an exercise program to athletes and celebrities.

  • Study kinesiology, anatomy and exercise physiology. Personal trainers need to understand how the body moves and responds to exercise to put together an effective fitness program. Personal trainers should consider becoming certified in CPR and first aid in case of an emergency.

  • Earn a nationally recognized certification. California personal trainers who have a certification from a nationally recognized fitness organization will have more credibility with clients. Consider earning a certification from the American Council on Exercise or the National Academy of Sports Medicine. An exam must be passed to earn certifications from either agency.

  • Start at a large gym to gain clients. Working at a gym as a trainer can allow you to meet prospective clients and gain experience as a trainer. Apply at large California gyms such as 24 Hour Fitness, Bally Total Fitness and California Family Fitness.

  • Put together a mobile gym. California is home to many celebrities who are pressed for time and like their privacy. To gain high profile clients, consider putting together a gym you can take to a client's home. Select aerobic equipment such as jump ropes, boxing gloves, exercise balls, free weights, an exercise bar and mini trampoline. All equipment should be easily transportable to a client's home or office for a total body workout.

  • Learn all the outdoor locations in your area that are good spots for a workout. California is known for its sunshine. Exercising outdoors is one option Californians may enjoy. For example, in southern California Venice beach is a good exercise spot because you can run on the beach, lift weights at the outdoor gym and rollerblade on the paved path.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consider earning additional certifications. Additional certifications such as group fitness instructor and sports conditioning instructor may be earned. Additional certification allows a personal trainer to specialize and may give the trainer an edge when looking for employment.

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