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5 Fitness Associations Every Personal Trainer Should Join

5 Fitness Associations Every Personal Trainer Should Join

The point where you take physical fitness training seriously enough to become a Personal Trainer is the point where you need to start thinking about what professional associations you will register with. Australia has a fair few of these associations, and they’re important as they provide information on key developments in the field, insurance to members, and the networking and resources that are critical for career development.

The main associations for Personal Trainers in Australia are Fitness Australia and the Australian Fitness Network. In addition, there are a number of other associations that you might want to consider joining, depending on the kind of service that you’re planning to offer customers.

Fitness Australia

Fitness Australia services 30,000 registered Personal Trainers, Fitness Instructors and fitness-related businesses. It provides its members with the opportunity to acquire specialised insurance for Personal Trainers, and a host of additional benefits including access to training material, a jobs board (which, with 30,000 registered members, is quite active and helpful for Personal Trainers looking for work), and if you’re registering a fitness business (rather than as an individual) you’ll also gain discounts on setting up a stall at exhibitions, access to marketing assistance, and other business-boosting resources.

Physical Activity Australia

Claiming to be the first body for fitness professionals, Physical Activity Australia was founded in 1982 and remains one of the most popular choices of professional association for Personal Trainers. As with the other two, above, being a member of Physical Activity Australia gives you access to specialised insurance for your profession. You’ll also get access to specialised training courses for specific types of exercises, such as boxing, the opportunity to attend industry events, and - at $199 for two years - this is the most inexpensive of the three major national associations .


The Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA) is another opportunity for personal trainers that want to build their skills a little more broadly. The key benefit for Personal Trainers to join this association is to access the coaching courses and resources. The ASCA has coaching programs that have been registered with the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) and administered by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) that can help you design, implement and review effective Strength and Conditioning (S&C) training programs for individuals and team sport athletes. This is something that is often requested of Personal Trainers.

Sports Medicine Australia

Sports Medicine Australia was set up to help address obesity and lifestyle diseases associated with inactivity, to promote health through safe physical activity, to help provide health care to active people at all levels, and to help raise awareness around medicine and science in physical activity. To Personal Trainers, the information and courses that this association can provide will be of great assistance in helping to provide your customers with good advice around fitness and health for lifestyle.

Exercise & Sports Science Australia

One final organisation that Personal Trainers might want to consider is ESSA, or Exercise & Sports Science Australia. Established with the mission to “lead and promote the excellence in exercise and sports science for the benefits of society and the professions,” this organisation provides services to a wide range of different healthcare professionals, including sports scientists, those that work in clinics (for example, in rehabilitation), and exercise psychologists. Accessing the training offered by this association is a good way for a Personal Trainer to expand his/her knowledge base and offer a deeper and more nuanced service to customers.

In addition to these associations, Personal Trainers running their own businesses might want to join small business or tradespeople associations, and there are plenty of other healthcare associations that might benefit a PT in their work; for example, it might benefit Personal Trainers to have expertise in nutrition, for example by completing a Nutrition Coach certification at the Australian Institute of Fitness.

Given how many Australians are interested in working with a Personal Trainer to improve their fitness and lifestyle now, being able to offer something more than what other Personal Trainers can is the best way to ensure that you’re always kept busy.

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