How To Become The Best Personal Trainer In Your Area

Being a personal trainer can be the best job in the world. You get to help your clients transform their body shape and get fit. You play a pivotal role in boosting their health, fitness, and happiness - it's incredibly fulfilling. 

But with that said, the personal training industry is hugely competitive, and it can be easy to blend in with the crowd and not reap the rewards you're fully capable of achieving with your business.

Do you want to be a run-of-the-mill trainer? 

Or do you...

Want to stand out from the crowd and be the ‘go-to’ trainer in your town/city?

If you said the latter, then this post has been written for you.

#1 Experience

A bit like learning to drive...

The real learning starts after passing your test. 

As soon as you get your personal training qualifications, it's time to gain hands-on experience. It's one thing reading from a textbook and studying scientific journals, but it's another thing putting it all into action.  

The best way to become a stand out personal trainer is to get as much experience as possible. Malcolm Gladwell, the author of 'Outliers,' says that becoming an expert in any field requires 10,000 hours worth of practice. The best way to gain experience is to get on the gym floor and train as many people as possible.

Especially in the early days, try and work with various people, from all shapes and sizes, fitness levels, different backgrounds, ages, etc. The lessons learned from this experience will be precious, and it will help your progress to the next step of your career. 

If you were to do 25 x 1-hour coaching sessions per week x 48 weeks of the year... 

It would take you just over eight years to become a master. 

If you can do more sessions, then you'll reach 10,000 hours sooner. One thing is for sure you can't cut corners on this. Becoming a master takes time, so get going and gain as much hands-on experience as possible.  

#2 Testimonials 

One of the best ways to stand out from the crowd is with 5-star reviews from your client base.

Testimonials are vital for personal trainers

Social proof is vital when it comes to attracting new customers. Think about it...

When buying something on Amazon, what are you more likely to choose...

A) the product with 50+ 5-star reviews


B) the product with zero ratings

All things being equal, you'll buy the product with a higher rating, right?

The same can be said for personal training — reviews matter. 

Reviews on Google are especially useful. If you haven't already then, it's crucial to set up a Google My Business page. This page will help you come up in local searches so that when your potential customers search 'personal trainer *insert city*...

You will appear on the maps. 

The more reviews you can get on Google, the more likely you will be to rank highly on the maps, ultimately leading to more customers.  

Alongside Google reviews, you can also get Facebook reviews and add testimonials to your personal training website. 

#3 Results 

The next way to stand out and become the best personal trainer in your area is to have the most impressive portfolio of results. 

If you're a body transformation coach, then it's essential to have a portfolio of 'before and after' photos to show off your work. 

Body transformation before and after photos are a necessity

When somebody clicks on your website and sees all of your impressive head-turning transformations, they will be far more likely to enquire about your personal training services. 

Results build trust and visually demonstrate that you are an expert and know what you are doing. 

BONUS TIP: If you combine results with testimonials, you are onto a real winner, and your enquiries will go through the roof.

#4 Success Stories 

Having a bunch of success stories is an excellent way to stand out in your local area. Many coaches post 'before and after photos,' but fewer coaches share their client's stories. 

In Seth Godin's book All Marketers Are Liars, he talks about the power of stories and their ability to resonate emotionally and therefore draw new customers into your business. For example, sharing a story of one of your clients who lost three stone while balancing a hectic work life and raising two children will attract a lot of interest. 

Remember that a good story moves people emotionally. It can inspire, motivate, and give hope to a potential new client. When you do this, everybody wins. 

#5 Beat The Competition 

How do you become the best personal trainer in your area? Well, one thing you can do is to simply do more than any other trainer in your area. 

Find out what your competitors are doing and go one step further. This could mean:

  • Providing bottled water
  • Giving each client a fresh towel before each session 
  • Recipe books 
  • A t-shirt or hoodie with your logo on it 
  • Webinars 
  • E-books
  • A protein shaker with your logo on it 
  • Daily/Weekly check-ins 

#6 Work On Your Personal Development 

"Your business grows as you grow." 

If you want to be the best in your town or city, then you've got to invest time in your personal development. 

Personal development is about working on yourself and on your business (rather than always in your business). There are lots of ways to do this, such as:

  • Reading books and blogs (12 book recommendations below) 
  • Listening to audiobooks and podcasts
  • Hiring a coach 
  • Attending personal training courses and seminars

12 Personal Development Book Recommendations:

  1. Level Up - Mark Coles
  2. Unbeatable Mind - Mark Divine 
  3. Atomic Habits - James Clear 
  4. Principles - Ray Dalio 
  5. Alter Ego - Todd Herman
  6. F*cking Unstoppable - Paul Mort 
  7. Sell It Like Serhant - Ryan Serhant 
  8. Think & Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill
  9. Mindset - Carol Dweck 
  10. Chimp Paradox - Dr. Steve Peters
  11. Values Factor - Dr. John Martini 
  12. Time Warrior - Steve Chandler 

Remember that 'knowledge is power,' and the more you know, the more clients you can serve, the more likely you will become the best PT in your area.