Interview Questions for a Personal Fitness Trainer

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Congratulations on your passion and dedication to health and fitness landing you a job interview! Although you should be confident in your abilities and qualifications as a fitness trainer, all interviews require practice beforehand – now’s the time to give some serious thought to the interview questions you might be asked and how you would answer them.

Because your new position will be client-facing, you should be prepared to answer questions about customer service, in addition to your fitness philosophy, preferred fitness regimens, and nutrition. You may also be asked about your sales or group presentation skills since most fitness trainers are expected to try to recruit and retain new gym members.  

You should also learn as much as you can about your potential employer so that you have “talking points” that will demonstrate your enthusiasm for their organization. Research the employer's standing in the fitness community, talk to professionals who have first-hand knowledge about the company, and then run through at least three to four practice runs for your upcoming interview. You should practice both in front of a mirror and, if possible, in front of a friend who has agreed to play the role of your “interviewer.”

The goal is to be able to interview in a confident, but not cocky, manner that demonstrates your level of comfort and suitability for the role. Use this list of commonly asked fitness trainer interview questions as you prepare for showcasing your skills and qualifications.

Fitness Trainer Interview Questions

  • Why did you decide to become a fitness trainer? 
  • Are you CPR-certified? What other certifications do you hold?
  • How do you keep your fitness training knowledge up to date?
  • What group classes have you taught? In your group classes, explain how you accommodate varying skill and fitness levels.
  • What diet and nutrition education have you received?
  • What experience do you have with customer service? Describe how you handle customer service situations involving difficult fitness center members or prospective members.
  • Walk me through how you start a class from the very beginning to the end of the warm-up.
  • How important is nutrition to you in creating a client's regimen?
  • Do you recommend dietary supplements to enhance your clients’ performance? Which ones?
  • What evaluations do you conduct with a new client eager to begin a fitness regimen?
  • Describe your time management approach for assisting individual clients versus group workout classes.
  • Describe how you handle a client who is unhappy with your work, or a client who doesn't achieve her goals when you know the problem is with her level of motivation.
  • Tell me about a time when a client was unhappy with your work. How did you handle the situation?
  • Imagine a client is discouraged during a training session. How do you keep him motivated?
  • If a client complains about a previous injury, how do you handle that when constructing a fitness regimen for her? What do you do to prevent further injury or to discourage the client from engaging in activities -- during the client session or working out on her own -- that would exacerbate a pre-existing condition?
  • What techniques do you use to increase your clientele? What are your goals for increasing the number of clients you serve?
  • What are your thoughts about organic food? What are your thoughts on a vegan diet? When you encounter a client or prospective fitness club member who is committed to a diet that differs from your own, how do you remain objective?
  • Give me an overview of a training program you would set up for a client strictly looking for weight loss and toning? What do you tell clients who are looking for instant results?
  • How would you structure a training program for a senior citizen with a pre-existing condition like diabetes?
  • Do you have fitness goals for yourself? If so, what are they?
  • Give me three essential exercises you suggest for all clients? Why are these in your top three?

General Job Interview Questions

In addition to job-specific interview questions, you may also be asked general interview questions about your employment history, education, hard and soft skills, strengths, weaknesses or areas for improvement (and, what you are doing to improve in those areas), achievements, professional goals, and plans.