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Personal Training as a Career – with Eliza Bingham


Eliza Bingham of Inside/Out Energy is a successful Personal Trainer and Personal Training Coach operating out of Goodlife Health Clubs in Mooroolbark. I approached her with a couple of questions about her work and she has delivered GOLD. There are so many great points in this article. I wanted to highlight them all but I couldn’t, it would have looked ridiculous!

New and potential Personal Trainers, this is a MUST READ!

Eliza, you’ve been a successful Personal Trainer for more than nine years, what do think is important for people looking to become Personal Trainers to understand? 

Eliza Bingham - Inside/Out EnergyPersonal Training is not just about rocking up to work and getting the job done – you must be present in every single session, be motivating for the client and be able to deliver on results.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

I love waking up every single day knowing that my life offers so much value to another human being.

What I love most about my career is that I can change somebody’s world from the minute I meet them, open their eyes to a new realm of possibility and opportunity, and create a masterpiece.

There are so many incredible things we get to experience through being a Personal Trainer; constant social interaction and networking. I love the fact that we are forced to delve into self-development not only to better ourselves as an individual and coach but to help better our clients health and wellbeing.

There is also a huge amount of pride and joy as a Personal Trainer in creating a business of our own, to run it how we wish and to create a movement with our brand – that’s such a powerfully motivating thing. It also affords us the flexibility to adjust our business in accordance with our life changes over the years.

I also believe that there is endless opportunity to grow into a multitude of areas such as bootcamps, online services, mentoring, business coaching, nutrition & so much more.

What are some of the lessons you’ve learned along the way?

As a Personal Trainer you are running your own business – no matter whether you’re employed, rental or contract. And running a business takes focus and determination to succeed.

And if you are in it for fast cash and work freedom – you are going to get hit hard with a reality check that’s for sure.

Not only that, you are competing with thousands of already established trainers. It is important to remember that just like any other working position, you always work your way up.

What advice do you have for new Trainers?

It is so easy to become a Personal Trainer these days that it’s almost taken for granted just how much a privilege it is to work one on one with people to create amazing change. Maintaining a focus on this truth will go a long way towards ensuring your success.

I cannot push enough for new Personal Trainers to gain as much experience as possible within the first 12-24 months; work with other trainers, coaching, mentoring, get trained as a client – this will set you apart from the crowd. Find out what you like and don’t like, and use this to create your own ‘flavour’.

Becoming a successful Personal Trainer requires a willingness to work hard day in, day out, to get your business up and running. As a Trainer, I love what I do – but I need to be smart and realistic with how I go about it. I can tell you right now, over the last 9 years, I’ve seen a lot of Personal Trainers come and go, many barely lasting three months!

Any final words?

I’ve always said to anyone interested in becoming a Personal Trainer – “If you are passionate about what you do and it comes from the heart, you will always be successful.”

Thank you very much for your time Eliza.

This is how awesome Eliza is, she has extended an offer to any Trainers, or would be Trainers, to get in touch with her directly to answer any questions you have about a career in fitness. Email Eliza at Alternatively, you’re welcome to add a comment to this blog.


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