It’s Never Too Late: Personal Trainer Career Change at 40

In today’s blog and video, we’re going to talk about your Personal Trainer Career Change at 40.

We’ll explore why it’s never too late to embark on a fulfilling career as a personal trainer, even if you’re in your 40s, and help you see that this is actually a benefit, not a barrier.

Once we’ve alleviated your worries and shown you how viable Personal Training is as a career change, check out the details at the bottom of this blog to help you get one step closer to that career change at 40 (or older).

Am I Too Old? Personal Trainer Career Change at 40

You might feel it is too late, but this blog will explain exactly why now is the best time…

Keep reading if you are over 40 and…

  • are feeling stuck in your current career
  • feel like your job is limiting you and your progression
  • want to have more purpose
  • enjoy fitness
  • are worried it’s too late…
It's Never Too Late: Personal Trainer Career Change at 40

Becoming a Personal Trainer: Growing Demand

First things first, you are a practical and logical person… you know you are only going to change career if it is viable to do so. You need to know that your new PT career is going to be able to support you and allow you to pay your mortgage and bills.

So with that in mind I want to share some statistics;

  • The PT market is worth over £620 million per year (and that’s rising)
  • Personal Training as an industry is expected to grow by 15% before 2029
  • More people have become more health conscious and prioritise their well-being, which has increased the demand for Personal Trainers and Coaches.
  • The market isn’t saturated: There area approx. 35,000 personal trainers in the Uk, and 66 million people in the UK. That’s just under 2,000 clients each. More than enough to lead the life you want to lead and to generate the income you need.
  • The average income is over £30,000 a year, however, this can be much more (or less) depending on the business you want to create/the job you are looking for.

Hopefully, you can see from the statistics above, that the industry is viable, and it’s a flexible career move. You start your journey as a Level 2 gym instructor and then qualify for Level 3 PT.

After this, you might specialise in group exercise, or work with older adults or those with disabilities or conditions. You can make your career whatever you want it to be… that’s the beauty of fitness as an industry and personal training as a career.

Your age and experience are a benefit:

One of the greatest assets you bring to the table as a personal trainer in your 40s is your life experience. Your years of experience in various aspects of life, such as career, relationships, and personal growth, give you a unique perspective and maturity that can greatly benefit your clients.

Being in your 40s increases your ability to relate to clients on a deeper level, understand their challenges, and offer valuable insights can set you apart from younger personal trainers.

Your communication skills, honed through years of professional and personal interactions, can help you build strong relationships with clients and establish trust, which is crucial in the personal training industry.

Essentially, your…

  • empathy is high
  • ability to build trust and rapport is improved
  • understanding is deeper and the level of experience is maximised
  • Plus, your identity and preferences are well established.

All of these will improve your ability to get clients are then create programmes that get a result

Personal Trainer Career Change at 40: Time and Life Commitments

Life may be busy right now, with work, kids, family, your own training and commitments. Believe it or not, that makes now the perfect time to start your training. Life is unlikely to get simpler or miraculously less busy.

And let’s face it, you are used to squeezing things into your busy day and moving around commitments.

There’s a popular quote stating “If you want something done, give it to a busy person”. This applies to you right now, you are busy… and that is actually a good reason to start your career change and re-training.

It’s understandable to have concerns about changing careers in your 40s, especially when it comes to factors like age, time constraints, and life commitments.

However, it’s important to remember that with proper planning and strategies, these concerns can be managed effectively.

Time management techniques, such as prioritizing and scheduling, can help you make the most of your time and balance your personal and professional commitments.

Setting realistic goals and breaking them down into smaller, achievable steps can help you make steady progress towards your career change.

Additionally, your transferable skills from your previous career and life experiences can be valuable assets in your new career as a personal trainer.

I’m looking forward to seeing you start out as a Personal Trainer. If you need more details on the journey to getting qualified take a look at the section below, and reach out if you have any questions or would like a chat.

Qualify as a Personal Trainer

This is the fitness industry’s GOLD standard qualification to kick start a career in health and fitness & start training clients 121 and in small groups.

Personal trainers use their expertise on a daily basis to get inside the heads of their clients, design training programs that deliver results, and support life-improving health, fitness, and nutrition changes in their clients’ lives.

Personal training is a results business and quite often, the results people achieve can be remarkable. If you feel that you have what it takes to help people to take control of their health, fitness, and well-being, then maybe it’s time for you to step up and join the ranks.

>>>> Join us on the Master Personal Trainer Course HERE

Personal Trainer Career Change at 40 and launch your business

Once you become a fully qualified personal trainer, you have the certificate and all the knowledge you need, but often new fit pros still need help to launch their career successfully, they need guidance on the next move and help setting up their business or freelance career.

That’s why we include the things that we believe are non-negotiable for a PT to know, so they can feel confident when working with a client straight away.

  • 10 days of face-to-face attendance so you can practice instructing and build confidence
  • Fitness Business Kick-Starter, so you know how to get your first few clients
  • Kettlebells CPD course so you adapt to at-home or outside PT sessions easily
  • Squat Assessment Bootcamp so you know how to analyse a client effectively
  • Training Clients Outside so you can build a business outside of a gym with no equipment
  • FIT-Progressions Advanced Training Systems CPD so you can refresh your knowledge for a lifetime
  • Level 2 & Level 3 Anatomy & Physiology Revision Bootcamps to learn and pass the exams confidently and use the knowledge as a FITPRO
  • Level 3 Nutrition Revision Bootcamp so you can pass the exam and help every client with calorie and portion guidance
  • Level 2 & 3 Muscle Memory Sprints to learn all the muscles with ease
  • Next step Career Consultation so you have someone to ask and guide you about your role as a FITPRO
  • 24/7 Student Support so you have someone on hand whenever you are stuck

Get started in your FITPRO career without any misconceptions or hindering beliefs. Find out more about our Level 3 Master Personal Trainer Diploma HERE <<<

Questions about how to become a personal trainer:

It’s great that you have questions, these are the top 4 questions we get asked about becoming a personal trainer

i) what resources do you need? you don’t need any previous qualifications or coaching experience, but you do need to love fitness and be inspired by helping others.

ii) how much will the course cost you? Our Personal Trainer Course is currently £1850, which you can pay outright, or you can enrol immediately with a £100 deposit, and spread the remaining course fees (with 0% interest). If this is too much commitment right now, you can even start with just the Level 2 Gym instructor, and then progress to level 3 later.

iii) how much time do you need? Expect to be graduated within 3 months of starting (dependent on your attendance days). There are 10 attendance days held in Milton Keynes (mostly on weekends and Fridays). In between your attendance days, you will need to do home study which should take no longer than 2-4 hours per week. It is designed to be achievable alongside a busy life and a full-time job.

iv) when is the next course? We run 2-3 PT courses per year in our Milton Keynes Academy, but also a couple of bespoke courses in other venues like Yeovil or Plymouth. To see our next dates and venues check  HERE

v) am I too old to become a Personal Trainer? if you haven’t read the blog above and watched the video, then make sure you do. It will alleviate your fears of becoming a personal trainer and changing career in your 40s. The video will also help you see how much benefit you will bring to your clients… because you are in your 40s 🙂


Most people see action as a great big leap, but your next action step can actually be really small. Just by reaching out and having a quick chat, you are able to get your questions answered and move closer to the Launch of your Fitness Coaching Career.

So, that is exactly what I am going to offer you – just call me on 07513735700 and I can talk through any questions you have

I’m looking forward to speaking with you soon

Dedicated to More

Hayley “Personal Trainer Career Change at 40” Bergman

Parallel Coaching

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