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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764556843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764556845
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“…This non-nonsense book covers every conceivable aspect of the personal-training industry…straightforward, informative and easy to read…” (Muscle & Fitness, March 2005)

From the Back Cover

Find out what it takes to be certified

Find your training niche and make money

Want to be a personal trainer or improve your existing practice? This fun, practical guide gives you the tools to manage your business; design and conduct professional, effective workouts; and advance your client to the next level. You’ll find savvy tips on choosing the right certification for you, marketing your business, and obtaining the best equipment and support.

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun

Discover how to:

  • Study for certification exams
  • Attract, keep, and motivate clients
  • Manage legal issues and tax planning
  • Interview, hire, and manage employees
  • Expand your services

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Customer Reviews

This book is very informative.
John Safe
I recommend this book to someone looking for basic info on becoming a personal trainer.
Sallie
I only wish I would have read this book a lot sooner.
Keith R. Kaminski

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Keith R. Kaminski on August 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have been a personal trainer for nearly two years and I thought I had a handle on everything. I was given this book as a gift and I was blown away with the comprehensive information that it provides. I learned the most from the True Stories sections as they provided extra tips and really expanded upon the knowledge contained in this book. I would highly recommend this book to anyone thinking about becoming a personal trainer and encourage current personal trainers to read it as well. I only wish I would have read this book a lot sooner.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amy Robinson on July 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is really good! It's funny and extremly informative. The only pitfall I think this book has is that it seems more geared towards people who are already certified. On the flip side though, it does have extremly good advice on becoming certified, taking exams, finding you niche etc...I would recommend this book to amatuers who are still in school (like me) and certified veteran personnal trainers alike :)
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Dylan Row on September 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
The basic steps for starting a business as a personal trainer presented in a concise and easy to follow format. Good business advice to avoid costly mistakes.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By tangerine on February 27, 2010
Format: Paperback
The title of this book is remarkably misleading. The vast majority of the content is about starting your own personal training *business* not becoming a personal trainer. The sections on certification are fine but skimpy. The section on exercise prescription is, well, comical - stick figure diagrams? Really?

If you read the reviews, even the most positive ones say things like, "not what I thought it would be," or "geared toward people who are already certified." If you're already a trainer, the detailed instructions on how to write a business plan and market yourself could be quite useful. Otherwise, those wanting to break into the field can go online and find everything you need from this book in about fifteen minutes. Good luck!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on February 16, 2008
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This book does not really teach you the basics of becoming a personal trainer, but yet it teaches you how to start your business as a personal trainer. Was not what I thought based on the title.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 6, 2008
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This book provided alot of helpful insight from the mind of an individual who has already achieved success in the field I want to pursue myself. This is a good book to read if you're curious to see a realistic day-in-the-life look at the entrepreneurial track of fitness training. It also gives good tips for those that wish to work in established gyms as well; however, the entrepreneurial info is what reeled me in.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Michelle D. Lee on December 31, 2006
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This is a very easy to read primer for those considering a career or hobby in personal fitness. It gives a nice overview of what the career is like and what it will take to gain a certificate and proceed to line up those all important clients. I also learned a few things that can be incorprated into my own liftness lifestyle.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By FitPro4Ages on May 13, 2011
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Wow.... Wow..... Wow.... When I first opened this book, within 1 minute, I knew this would be a must-have for any trainer. I have been in the fitness industry now for 9 years, working in every department from front desk to general manager, personal trainer and sales. I have learned more about the industry then most fitness professionals will care to know. This book is very thorough and should be regarded as a "Trainers Bible", whether he or she is new to the industry or a training veteran. GET THIS BOOK! INVEST IN YOURSELF! Is there anything else better to invest in?
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