What Is A Personal Trainer?

"What is a personal trainer?" In my opinion, it is someone with theknowledge to help another train themselves physically, and the energy, inspiration, and skill to communicate that to the other person - and help them improve.

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Why does my opinion matter? Because I'm a Certified Personal Trainer with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).


What is a personal trainer? Someone who helps others achieve their strength and fitness goals.


The 'Official' Definition of a Personal Trainer

Every different personal trainer certification course and organization has its own pet definition of a personal trainer. I find this rather annoying, but in any case they are all very similar.

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, a Personal Trainer is a...


  • "…fitness professional who develops and implements an individualized approach to exercise leadership in healthy populations and/or those individuals with medical clearance to exercise."


Basically, a personal trainer is someone who can guide the average person to an exercise program that will safely provide them with results. That's it.


What A Personal Trainer Does

The most important personal trainer requirements are the abilities to...

  • Test clients to discover what kind of exercise (if any) is appropriate.

  • Choose exercise(s) that are fun.

  • Design a workout plan.

  • Show clients the correct form for exercises - and be able to not be out of shape when doing them ;-)

  • Motivate clients to workout.

  • Know when you should refer your clients to other professionals for whatever reason.

  • And, if necessary, be able to perform CPR.

OK, Now How Do I Become a Personal Trainer?

OK, you've got your answer to, "What is a personal trainer?" If you want to pursue your education to become personal trainer, check out my guide to the best personal trainer certification organizations, which should help you choose a program that works for you.

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