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Becoming a personal trainer if you have a disability

There are many people who want to become a personal trainer and help others to achieve their wellness goals, whether that is being fitness or nutrition. There are qualification and skills that a personal trainer needs. With the increase of having accessibility within gyms and nutrition centre, the ask for inclusive fitness has increased.


What are the reasons to become a disabled personal trainer?

In the UK, there are around 13 million people with a disability and/or medical condition which makes up 20% of the UK population and the disability wellness market is overlooked and underrepresented and gives you a chance to be unique within the market. Also, there has been an increase in disabled people having the ability to improve on certain workouts such as planks and pushups, which is really encouraging.

Qualifications to become a personal trainer

All personal trainers are required to undertake a Level 2 Gym Instructors and Level 3 Qualification in Personal Training to be qualified as a personal trainer. Notify the course provider that you have a disability or medical condition as it depends on the course provider whether they would allow disabled people to take the course.


There is also another programme which helps disabled people to become a personal trainer to improve their fitness and nutrition skills as there is the Aspire Charity’s InstructAbility Programme where it helps disabled people to improve their gym skills and can help towards your qualification. The link is here if you want to find out more: https://www.instructability.org.uk/


Do you have the right skills and knowledge to become a disabled person?

There are many skills and knowledge which a disabled personal trainer would need. The typical skills needed include having effective communication skills because working with disabled people and also with a non-disabled person if you have a disability or medical condition.


Another skill needed to be a personal trainer is the ability to empathise with your clients because it is extremely important whether you have a disability and/or medical condition or not! You should be able to put yourself in your client’s shoes if they are unable to do a particular workout or diet.


Knowledge to have includes a passion for wellness! If you are interested and passionate in being in the gym and developing diet plans for your clients. If you go to the gym regularly and develop a passion, then this is for you! Don’t let your disability and/or medical condition have an impact on becoming a personal trainer.

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