If you have a passion for exercise and fitness, then becoming a personal trainer may be the career choice that is going to make a difference to your life. There are so many benefits to choosing this type of career and with on the job experience and a host of courses you can complete, you can find yourself in the driver's seat within a very short period.

There are a few things you need to bear in mind if you decide this is the type of job you want to be doing. It is important that to become a personal trainer you have a real passion for healthy lifestyles, diet, exercise and fitness. You want to lead by example and help people make their fitness or weight loss goals.

One of the main benefits to becoming a personal trainer is that you can help people. You will meet people from all walks of life, all age groups and all sizes. Each person is unique and will turn to you because they have a specific goal they want to do. You may find your first appointment is with a teenage boy who wants to bulk up some muscle so he stops being bullied at school. You then go on to a middle-aged woman who wants to lose weight and then move on a person who is overweight and wants to live a healthier lifestyle.

The great thing with this career is that you make a difference to lives, you can improve quality of life and you can really help people, not only make their goals, but look and feel better about themselves each day.

In the most part you will get to enjoy a flexible schedule. Your schedule as a personal trainer will be determined by where you work. If you are working for a local gym, then you may find that your schedule is set in shifts, or they may work that your schedule is based on the number of clients you have and when they want to train. The good news is that with this career you will find that you have more than ample time to train yourself and get on with things you want to do, whether it's go for a job, clean the house or do some grocery shopping.

You get to make a positive impact in so many lives, which is a major benefit to becoming a personal trainer. Your clients will change over the years and you will get to meet so many great people, but the one thing they will all have in common is the impact you make on their lives. Whether you help a client prepare for a triathlon or you help someone lose weight and improve their fitness levels, it's a positive change you have made and something you can feel good about each and every day.

A great benefit that many personal trainers enjoy is that they have the ability to choose whether to work for a gym or training center or whether to work independently. Some gyms hire self-employed contractors to work with their clients, you still get full use of the gym, which enables you to train your members and help them make their goals. Both of the options have their own benefits, although remember if you choose to be self-employed you will be responsible for your own taxes, which is something to think about.