Personal Trainer

Personal Trainers work with a single client or a small group. They may train in a gym or in the clients’ homes.  They assess the clients’ level of physical fitness and help them set and reach their fitness goals.   Personal Trainers design and carry out workout routines specific to the needs of their clients.  They start by evaluating their clients' current fitness level, personal goals, and skills.  Then, they develop personalized training programs for their clients to follow, and they monitor the clients’ progress.

Personal Trainers typically do the following:
  • Demonstrate how to carry out various exercises and routines
  • Watch clients do exercises and show or tell them correct techniques to minimize injury and improve fitness
  • Give alternative exercises during workouts or classes for different levels of fitness and skill
  • Monitor clients’ progress and adapt programs as needed
  • Explain and enforce safety rules and regulations on sports, recreational activities, and the use of exercise equipment
  • Give clients information or resources about nutrition, weight control, and lifestyle issues
  • Give emergency first aid if needed
 Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor