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Ever thought about becoming a personal trainer?

July 17, 2019
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This PT Tells us What His Life is Like

Love working out every day? Boring your friends by talking non-stop about fitness goals and tracking your workouts? Sounds like you might have the PT bug. If you’ve been considering a career as a personal trainer, you’ve come to the right blog. 

This week we chatted to South London personal trainer Yago Aldir about his business, his life as a PT, and how you can become one.

GoSweat | Personal Trainer

Hi Yago! How did you get into personal training?

I finished a Sports Science degree in Spain and moved to London in 2012. Since then I have worked in many different jobs building my network of contacts and making efforts to get my English to the right level to approach my target clients.

Fitness is such a huge part of your job, but how often do you really work out?

It’s easy to find time to exercise. I tend to train 6 days a week; I run marathons, swim and cycle, which as you can imagine takes a lot of time out of my week, but with my lifestyle and schedule it’s very manageable.

What does your week usually look like?

Generally I work with my clients before and after standard work hours, from 6am and after 5.30pm, which gives me time during the day to look after my business, attend meetings and create training plans. After a busy week, I spend weekends doing longer running sessions or bike rides with friends or clients, plus a rest day to reset and get ready for another week.

What advice would you give to anyone who wants to become a personal trainer?

To build your business it’s all about asking the key question: how do I sell my services? Initially it could be difficult, especially if your prices start from £70/h, so you may need to give away a few complimentary sessions in exchange for something else, to help build your reputation and meet new prospects. 

My advice for someone that is starting out as a PT is to focus on three things: create you unique brand, focus on great session delivery, and provide personal client care. Word of mouth is the best way to get new clients and increase your reputation, but to increase sales quickly you won’t want to discard a good quality flyer (really effective), invest in a great website and keep an eye on your social media presence.

What do you love most about personal training?

Personal training will give you the opportunity to manage your time, meet fascinating people, exercise and travel. The most important question that I ask myself every time I approach a new client is: how can I add value to their lives? From the first minute I meet them I’m curious, passionate and carefully listen to their goals. During the journey every session counts, and your clients must finish every session wanting more.

You can book sessions with Yago and find out more about his business here - http://yagoaldirpersonaltraining.com/ 

Are you already a personal trainer? GoSweat can put you in touch with London residents searching for PTs in your area, helping to market your services. Get in touch with us at sayhello@gosweat.com to find out more about having your business listed on our site.

Caitlin is a freelance writer based in London, and spends her time enjoying mid-week fitness adventures and regular travel. She loves bouldering, good old fashioned walking, and dreams of one day running the Rome Marathon. You can read her blogs about freelance life on Desk Life Project.

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