6 Career Opportunities For Fitness Instructors In The UK

Before the coronavirus pandemic engulfed the world with its presence, more than 250,000 people were employed in health clubs and gyms as personal trainers and gym instructors according to The Sun at the start of 2020. After that, gyms and fitness clubs began to shut down left and right as society was adapting to the social distancing regulations imposed by the WHO and the government.

But just because that is the case, doesn’t mean it’s completely hopeless for the careers of personal trainers. In fact, the UK offers an abundance of alternative career paths for fitness trainers. These alternative paths pay just as much or even more than what physical instructors and trainers are paid (between £14,000-22,000).

Besides that, even if some gyms and fitness clubs are opened and are allowed to operate, they wouldn't be doing so without abiding by the general COVID-19 prevention guidelines of WHO and the government, as in washing hands, wearing a mask, wearing gloves, and maintaining social distancing. 

So, here are some of the best alternatives for fitness trainers (Covid-19 or not) in the UK:

Online Sessions

Fitness trainers who are in isolation due to Covid-19 can now get by with virtual online sessions thanks to online platforms such as Skype, Facebook Live and Zoom. Zoom offers a two-way video interaction with several people online, which is essential for group training.

There are also several other industry-specific apps and tools like PT Distinction, Remote Coach, Mypthub, Trainerize, which will provide you with a vast set of features to support and manage clients. Many also come with free trials that will work great in your favour. 

And, who knows? Perhaps instead of just being a temporary alternative, you may even find these solutions to be an essential part of your business model. 

Fitness Blogger/Vlogger

Much like how several people enjoy watching videos or reading blogs about their favourite food recipes, the same can be applied with fitness as well. These days, there is an increasing number of fitness bloggers who offer guidance, professional tips, as well as opinions on how viewers can stay fit and healthy. If you're consistent with your content, you can earn as much as £278 in the first 4 months of blogging. however, you must make sure that the advice you give out online is well-researched, credible and safe.

So, anyone with a certified personal trainer background can most certainly opt for the career of a professional fitness vlogger or blogger, where you can offer wellness and health tutorials as well as advice across the digital world. And if you keep this up, you can also be invited to not just blog with some of the most renowned fitness publications, but perhaps even have some of your video content featured with the biggest fitness brands. 

Fitness lecturers are said to make over £30,000 annually on average. and if you play your cards right, you can even make up to £61,000 a year, which is the highest salary according to Indeed. 

Utilise Online Videos

By far, nothing is more engaging than videos, especially when it comes to losing weight. This also applies to the wellness industry. For example, the National Center for Alternative Therapy (NCAT) launched a series of videos based on donations to fund their massage therapists while their business is suspended for the moment. 

NCAT founder Romana Reid says that her company doesn't have to offer energy in person. Instead, if they could find alternative ways to communicate with their clients and create more feelings of love as well as meditation, then she believed that is going to allow them to dispel plenty of fear. 


Physiotherapists earn an average of around £33,000 a year according to Indeed. Some of the high-end physiotherapists can earn as much as £57,000 a year. 

Apart from the obviously rewarding salary, physiotherapists have some of the most rewarding careers in fitness. That's because fitness isn't just about toning up your muscles, it's also about recovering from post-exercise wear and tear and injury. 

As a physiotherapist, it's your job to help patients get back on their feet so they can live their lives normally and in the best shape, they could ever be in.

One thing you need to be wary of is that you need to have a physiotherapy degree before opting for this post. But as we've already shown you with some of the other entries, you don’t really need to have a degree to work in some of the highest-paying fitness jobs in the world. 

Using Social Media to Connect with Your Customers

If your members follow you either on Instagram or Facebook, then create stories to showcase whatever you're up to as well as local resources available to them (like the businesses that you're cross-promoting). If you want to follow a good example, do whatever Bond Fitness’s Jenny Schatzle from Santa Barbara, California is doing – sharing workouts on a daily basis and motivating her community using regular Instagram stories. 

Sports Psychologist

Sports psychologists mainly work with coaches, athletes, and also referees, ranging from amateur level to elite. The work of the psychologists focuses on how psychology influences sport and how it can even improve performance. Their main duty lies in preparing sporting athletes for the incredible demands of their job, such as training and competition. For instance, a sport psychologist can aid a referee to cope with the stressful demands of their position or even counsel athletes in order to deal with the difficulties of sustaining an injury.

The average salary for a sports psychologist can range between £27000 to £37,000 annually. The more senior positions can earn over £48,000 annually. You'll be working in several environments, including universities, hospitals, schools, sports events, doctor’s surgeries, and more. 

But, most importantly, the best part about being a sport psychologist is that you can carry out your duties over the internet without having to physically come into contact with someone. This way, you will be able to earn your salary while also abiding by the social distancing guidelines.


Recommended Reading