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Essential resources for fitness instructors and personal trainers

We’ve compiled the ultimate list of resources for current or aspiring fitness instructors and personal trainers.

Qualifications: how to become a fitness instructor or personal trainer

To be qualified as a fitness instructor, you must complete the Certificate III in Fitness (SIS30315) course through an approved registered training organisation (RTO).

To be qualified as a personal trainer, you must complete the Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40215) course through an approved RTO.

Many fitness professionals choose to do both courses. The courses can be undertaken both face-to-face and online.

Apps and desktop software

BioDigital Human

The BioDigital Human mobile app features 3D anatomy and 3D health condition models.

The app can be used for free with some limitations.

Purchasing an annual subscription (in-app purchase) will unlock all the premium features of the app.

Visible Body

Visible Body offer a range of apps and desktop software, but their Muscle Premium product is particularly useful for fitness instructors and personal trainers.

Muscle Premium features 3D views of musculoskeletal structures and functions, along with common injuries and conditions.

The mobile apps and desktop software need to be purchased, there is no free version available.

Books

The Essential Guide to Fitness For the Fitness Instructor (3rd Edition)

This text book is for students undertaking the Certificate III in Fitness (SIS30315) qualification.

Available to purchase as an eBook or printed paperback from CengageBrain.

Fitness Trainer Essentials For the Personal Trainer (3rd Edition)

This text book is for students undertaking the Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40215) qualification.

Available to purchase as an eBook or printed paperback from CengageBrain.

Fitness equipment

For high quality fitness equipment, we recommend these Australian retailers:

Industry associations

Fitness instructors and personal trainers may wish to register with one or more industry associations.

There’s usually a fee for registering with an industry association; however, some offer free student registration (Fitness Australia, for example).

There are numerous industry associations, including:

Setting up a fitness business

Australian Business Number (ABN)

If you want to operate a fitness business or work as a contractor for other businesses, then you’ll need an Australian Business Number (ABN).

You can apply for an ABN through the abr.gov.au website. Applying for an ABN is free.

Business name

If you want to operate a fitness business, then you’ll need to register a business name. There are some exceptions, for example if you plan to trade under your own legal name (e.g. Jane Smith).

To register a business name, you need to have an ABN or be in the process of applying for one.

You can register a business name through the asic.gov.au website or by using the Business Registration Service. Fees apply for business name registration (see the asic.gov.au website for current fees).

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Luke Summers

Fitness Trainer and Founder of Squadron Fitness. For amplified group fitness training visit squadron.com.au.

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