Personal Training Jobs Are Plentiful: How to Choose the Right One

Alan Cohen

Personal Training Jobs Are Plentiful: How to Choose the Right One

Introduction: This article is tailored for personal trainers who are on the lookout for personal training jobs. In the fitness industry, personal training positions are abundant, but choosing the right one can be a daunting task. We'll delve into why these jobs are so plentiful, the challenges personal trainers face, and offer five essential tips for selecting the ideal employer.

Why Are Personal Training Jobs Plentiful?

Almost every type of fitness establishment, from health clubs and gyms to resorts and hotels, is constantly in search of personal trainers. But why is there such a high demand? First and foremost, there is a very high turnover rate for personal trainers. The main reasons are compensation and the time requirements.

The fitness industry traditionally relied on membership fees as its primary revenue source. Personal training emerged as a valuable add-on service, helping members achieve measurable results. For fitness businesses, this introduced a significant revenue stream, creating a win-win situation for both clubs and members.

However, the equation isn't complete without considering the personal trainers themselves. Their success depends on the compensation and benefits plans offered by the employer, which can vary widely.

Evaluating Compensation and Other Key Factors

1.    Hourly Rate vs. Commission: Personal training is essentially a commission-based occupation. The more clients you train, the more you earn. Some smaller gyms and studios may start with a higher commission rate and little to no hourly pay, making it suitable for those who can endure a period of uncertainty. In contrast, larger, more established companies may offer better hourly rates and guaranteed hours during a training period, with commissions taking center stage afterwards.

2.    Company Reputation: Before signing on, investigate the employer's reputation. Read Google and Glassdoor reviews to gain insights into their business practices and work environment. Try out the club. Buy a 1 day or 1 week trial membership and keep your eyes peeled. Is the club clean and equipment well maintained? Does the staff seem to be happy? Are the fitness staff busy training clients? Does the club appear to be a well-run business?

3.    Qualifications Matching: Ensure that your qualifications align with the job requirements. Your education, certifications, and experience should match the employer's expectations.

4.    Compensation Package: Scrutinize the compensation package. What's the hourly pay, working hours, and is it for a specified training period? Understand the commission structure, and inquire about benefits such as PTO, vacation time, and health coverage. Additionally, check if the company supports certifications financially.

5.    Work Schedule: Consider the work schedule and its compatibility with your lifestyle. Many fitness establishments require trainers to work a variety of times throughout the day/evening, which can affect your personal life and commuting times. Assess if the club's location aligns with your target demographic.


In the quest for a personal training job, it's crucial to make an informed decision. By evaluating the company's reputation, assessing qualifications, dissecting the compensation plan, and considering the work schedule, you can ensure a fulfilling and rewarding career. Choose the right employer, and you'll find job satisfaction that's often elusive in today's workforce.

About the Author:
Alan Cohen is a renowned fitness industry expert with over 30 years of experience in the health club industry. As the president and founder of, he specializes in connecting fitness professionals with their dream career opportunities. For personalized guidance or inquiries, feel free to reach out to Alan at 602-334-7898 or via email:

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