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How to be a freelance Personal Trainer in Singapore with a full time job

How to be a freelance Personal Trainer in Singapore with a full time job

Many dream of having that extra side income, for some it is a necessity to live a ‘better’ life in Singapore. With the ever increasing standard of living, lots of people turn their passions into a hustle. So let’s talk about your passion in all things fitness.

So this is the likeliest situation – you’re keen on becoming a personal trainer but you’re deterred by the idea of having to quit your full-time job to pursue this full time. However, it is possible to be a personal trainer here in Singapore while maintaining a full-time job. In the next few minutes, let’s explore the realistic steps you can take to achieve this dream.

Get NCSF Certified

The first step to becoming a personal trainer is to get certified. You will need to obtain a certification that is recognized in Singapore, amongst the handful of courses, NCSF is the highest rated in Singapore with 1600+ 5 star Google reviews. The NCSF certification will allow you to work as a personal trainer e and all around the globe at recognised gyms and studios. This requires some study and preparation, but they can be obtained while working a full-time job. You can take classes online and workshops in-person, and study on your own time. It may take a few weeks to months to complete the certification process, but once you do, you will have the knowledge and credentials you need to become a personal trainer, and this stays with you for life.

Ambition is great! But let’s start small

Once you have your certification, you can start building your personal training business on the side. You don’t need to quit your full-time job right away. Start by training a few clients on weekends or in the evenings after work. You can find clients through friends and family, social media, or by advertising your services at local gyms or fitness studios. Starting small will give you the opportunity to build your skills and reputation as a personal trainer while maintaining the stability of your full-time job. Our suggestion is to begin with 1 client, and see how that integrates into your work schedule. The last thing you want is to burn out and have to commit to your new client for the duration of the package promised.

Create a schedule & stick with it

To be a successful personal trainer with a full-time job, you need to create a schedule that works for you and your clients. This may mean waking up early to train clients before work, or working late in the evenings after your full-time job is finished. You may also need to be flexible with your schedule to accommodate your clients’ needs. Creating a schedule that works for you and your clients will help you manage your time and ensure that you can provide quality training services while maintaining your full-time job.

Build a strong reputation

As you build your own personal training business, it is crucial to build a strong reputation as a knowledgeable and reliable trainer. This can be done by providing quality training services, by being punctual and professional, and going above and beyond for your clients such as providing light snacks and refreshments after a workout – a small packet of almonds will bring light to them. Word of mouth is a powerful tool, so make sure that your clients are happy with your services and are willing to recommend you to others. Building a strong reputation will help you attract new clients and build a loyal client base.

Network and collaborate

Networking and collaborating with other fitness professionals can be a great way to build your personal training business. Attend fitness events, join fitness groups on social media, and collaborate with other trainers to offer group training sessions or fitness challenges. Networking and collaborating can help you expand your client base and learn new training techniques from other professionals. You can do this easily by being active on social media. Always be in the know and be active to find more events and friends within the community to attend with.

Get savvy

Technology can be a powerful tool for personal trainers with a full-time job. There are many apps and software programs available that can help you manage your clients’ schedules, track their progress, and create customized training plans. Using technology can help you save time and be more efficient in managing your personal training business while maintaining your full-time job.

Set Realistic Goals

To be a successful personal trainer with a full-time job, it is important to set realistic goals for your business. This may mean starting with a small number of clients and gradually increasing your client base over time. It may also mean setting income goals that are achievable while maintaining your full-time job. Setting realistic goals will help you stay motivated and focused on growing your personal training business without sacrificing the stability of your full-time job.


So you see, becoming a personal trainer while keeping your full-time job is possible with the right mindset, certification, and dedication. Ready to join us? Get certified at NCSF, or if you’re already certified, join our community of trainers here!


Personal Trainer Singapore Khit
About Tze Khit
Tze Khit is a distinguished personal trainer with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports & Exercise Science from Edith Cowan University. Passionate about optimizing human potential, he offers expertise in weight loss, toning, and rehabilitating injuries. His holistic methodology integrates human anatomy, physiology, and bespoke training plans, rooted in initial functional movement screening. Certified by the Singapore Sports Council and holding multiple National Council on Strength & Fitness accreditations, he masterfully employs techniques like myofascial release and neuromuscular activation, ensuring clients achieve their fitness aspirations swiftly and safely.


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