The Fitness Zone

Preparing for Your Master Trainer Experience

Jun 26, 2014 | by AIF

For those who are about to start their exciting new personal training career, it can be a daunting experience joining a class with a group of strangers and being told to spend the coming months with them. It can be even scarier if you haven’t studied in a long period of time.

Take it Step by Step

A good tip is to use the whole duration of your course to consolidate information. You won’t become an expert in a topic over night, and it may take weeks or even months of constant revising and testing yourself for you to become comfortable with your knowledge levels of a topic.

When you get to muscles in the second or third week of Fitness Coach, don’t try and learn all the muscles in the one night. Try and learn 3-4 muscles each night, starting with the major muscles in the body that a client would want to work in the gym. You will find that over the next 4 weeks, you will have learnt all of the major muscles that you will need to know as a Personal Trainer. Remember to keep on testing your knowledge and skills because if the information is not used, it can be quickly forgotten.

Plan Your Time

Another useful tip is to be aware of your time. Be aware that some of the take home assignments are due in the same week in which you may have other in class assessments. Plan and set aside time each week just for revision, so you will avoid stress and be able to complete all work before the deadlines. If you leave it to the last weekend or night before everything is being assessed, then there is a good chance that you won’t give yourself the best opportunity to achieve your best results.

Practice Makes Perfect

A final piece of advice is to practice, practice, and practice some more! Out in the fitness industry you will be working with a variety of groups who have different experience, goals, injuries, and personalities. The best way to become confident at working with such diverse individuals is to practice your skills on as many different people you can. You will learn where you need to improve pretty quickly when you train your first real client that isn’t in your comfort zone. It’s much better to do that in a controlled environment under the guidance of an experienced Coach, rather than wait until you’re out in the industry personal training and taking paying clients.

Remember, a superb Master Trainer will keep on learning new skills and reinforce the ones they already have, will practice everyday, and will manage their time well.

Good Luck, and we’re looking forward to helping you become a Personal Trainer and seeing you in campus or online in eCampus!



The Australian Institute of Fitness
The Australian Institute of Fitness (AIF) is the largest and longest established fitness training organisation in Australia, with dynamic training methods and expert course coaches nationwide - spanning fitness, massage and nutrition. The AIF qualifies more fitness professionals than any other provider in Australia, as well as offering a broad range of continuing education courses (CEC), upskilling resources and partnership programs for existing industry.

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Disclaimer: Where Certificate III in Fitness, Cert III/Cert 3, or Fitness Coach is mentioned, it refers to SIS30321 Certificate III in Fitness. Where Certificate IV in Fitness, Cert IV/Cert 4, or Personal Trainer is mentioned, it refers to SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness. Where Master Trainer Program™ is mentioned, it refers to Fitness Essentials and SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness. Where Master Trainer Plus+ Program™ is mentioned, it refers to SIS30321 Certificate III in Fitness and SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness. Where Certificate IV in Massage or Cert IV/Cert 4 is mentioned, it refers to HLT42021 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy. Where Diploma of Remedial Massage is mentioned, it refers to HLT52021 Diploma of Remedial Massage.