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Hey everybody, welcome to another exciting PT Pioneer article. 

These articles aim to introduce each state and its potential as a platform for a viable fitness career.

In this feature, we’re going to delve into how to become a personal trainer in California.

This is an exciting one since California is one of the biggest and wealthiest states, so there’s sure to be exciting data and insight.

I’ll be revealing the current state of the industry and the population’s affinity towards fitness services.

By reading this series, you’ll gain a good idea of which location is best for you as a PT.

You’ll also gain an understanding of personal trainer certification in San Francisco and the other big cities.

So with that out of the way, let’s dive straight into it.

Make sure to check out the general guide on how to become a personal trainer.

How To Become A Personal Trainer In California

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    State Fitness Rating

    The first bit of vital information to consider as a fitness trainer is the state fitness rating.

    The smart folks over at exercise.com did a fantastic job of evaluating each state based on the level of fitness it represents.

    This will allow you to begin understanding your market and your employment options.

    The fitness rating is based on two main factors.

    The first factor is obesity.

    The obesity prevalence, which is the percentage of the overweight population to a point where it is deemed unhealthy.

    The second factor is the top gyms ranking.

    This statistic indicates how many of America’s top mainstream gym chains provide access to affordable wellness/fitness services to the general population.

    Gyms in this category include:

    • Snap Fitness
    • LA Fitness
    • Gold’s Gym
    • 24 Hour Fitness
    • Anytime Fitness
    • YMCA
    • Planet Fitness
    • Crunch Fitness
    • Orange Theory Fitness

    As far as California is concerned, the state has a commendable obesity prevalence of 29%.

    That’s a rate just below the national average.

    This also means that the fitness goals of many people may be weight management or weight loss which is a plus if you run your own personal training business.

    This gives California an obesity ranking of  5.

    This is quite impressive and promising, not just from an industry perspective, but from a public health perspective too.

    The top gyms ranking, however, leaves a bit to be desired.

    The state only has 1775 top gyms in total as of writing.

    That may seem like a lot, and for most states, it may well be, but California has the largest population by state, capping off at around 39 million inhabitants.

    With those numbers, the gyms per capita, which is how many gyms are available for every 100 thousand residents, sits at just 4.52.

    With all that considered, California’s final state fitness ranking is 17, pretty high, but could have easily been a top 10 ranking had it not been for the low gym stats.

    Fitness Market Makeup

    California is a massive state with the most significant population, so you can expect the fitness market or most other markets to be all over the place.

    However, in the spirit of tradition, these articles only hone in on the top cities.

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    In California’s case, LA, San Diego, San