The demand for personal trainer in London is on the rise, with hourly rates charged by qualified PTs among the highest for the UK.

London, being Europe’s financial hub, has the largest group of wealthy City professionals willing to pay premium rates for personal training services. With the population of over 8 million citizens it is a massive market for personal training and fitness professionals.

Naturally, to start the career in fitness or personal training  you need solid qualifications. You may start with a personal trainer qualifications but ideally want to continue to upskill yourself throughout your career (a good personal trainer never stops learning!).

Luckily for those living in London, the city has plenty of accredited fitness course providers. Below you will find a little guide to the top academies in London. We have included some of the most reputable, well-established ones. All of the providers listed in this article offer good quality and most importantly – can be trusted. Qualifications done with listed providers are all accredited and give you right to work as a personal trainer in the UK.

Study Active

Study Active are one of the UK’s leading providers of CIMSPA endorsed Gym & Personal Trainer courses. They attract students from all of the UK but have a particularly strong stream of students from London. Indeed Study Active have centres in Hertfordshire which are approx. 20 minutes on the train from London so its no surprise that they are a popular choice for London residents.

Study Active offer online and blended learning courses, meaning that students can learn using a combination of online learning, practical workshops, one to one mentoring and practical assessments.

Some attractive features of Study Active are that all graduates qualify for a lifelong careers support and a post-course interview. Graduates are also given 20 online CPD courses free of charge. 

Training Room

Training Room – a reputable provider with years of experience in delivering accredited personal trainer courses. Training Room offers courses in full-time and part-time. These courses can be easily reached by those living in London.

Training Room also offers a range of additional CPD courses for anyone willing to upskill on basic personal trainer qualifications, thus proving options for those looking to commit to further study. 

Once qualified the training room will provide career support to help you onto a position in the fitness industry. 


YMCA Fit is a part of a wider YMCA family (Note: YMCA Awards is an accreditation body which is a separate organisation). It is one of the oldest provider on the UK market and delivers recognised Personal Trainer qualifications. 

While some other providers may be more competitive in terms of pricing and flexible learning, YMCA offer over 30 years of experience and put a focus on attendance (classroom-based) based learning. 

With courses delivered within easy travelling distance for London residents YMCA offers an interesting option for those looking for a traditional, attendance based personal training course within easy reach of London. 


Whilst not an exhaustive list these providers have a good reputation and are popular with London residents.  For further information on such PT courses or you would like to compare PT courses please use our course finder tool here