Personal Training Checklist

Personal Training Checklist

Whether you’ve just completed your PT course, or you’re an established PT looking to change your setup, having the right kit is crucial for your success. There has been a huge surge in demand for personal trainers since the UK lockdown restrictions were dropped. If there was ever a time to invest in personal training equipment, it’s now.

What Equipment do I Need to be a Personal Trainer?

In terms of the equipment you need, it varies. Nowadays there are two main types of personal trainers. A mobile PT travels to their clients to train them from their home. A stationary PT usually has a kitted-out home gym for their clients to use for their training.

Mobile PT Equipment

If you’re travelling to train your clients, you’ll need compact equipment that can easily fit into your car/van and won’t be a pain to get into the clients’ house.

Adjustable Dumbbell Bench

An adjustable dumbbell bench is great for travelling PTs. A bench is vital for any workout, especially when training from home. They’re extremely versatile and unlock a massive array of full-body exercises for your clients.

Check out the MuscleSquad adjustable dumbbell bench, which even folds up for easy transportation. 

If you need some inspo for interesting and effective bench exercises, you’ll want to read this guide on how to use a weight bench

Adjustable Dumbbells

Sticking with the adjustable theme, adjustable dumbbells are not only cost effective, but they also save an immense amount of space. You can alter the weight in small increments so they can be used for almost any exercise; from lateral raises to Bulgarian split-squats. Effectively, you’re getting a whole set of dumbbells in one package. This saves you from having to take multiple pairs of dumbbells with you when visiting clients.

We have adjustable dumbbells ranging from 12.5kg all the way up to 40kg. No matter how strong your clients are, we’ve got you covered. 

Dumbbells are more than enough to put your clients through an intense full body workout. Take a look at our full body dumbbell workout


Kettlebells can provide a fresh and interesting change to your clients’ workouts. They’re usually incorporated into circuits for a full-body workout, but they can also be used for single exercises or supersets. If you have clients looking to lose weight and gain strength, kettlebells are perfect. Circuit training really gets the blood pumping, and effectively works as a mixture of cardio and bodybuilding at the same time. Some kettlebell exercises also help to work on mobility.

Here at MuscleSquad, we have a selection of kettlebells to suit all your PT needs.

Pull Up Bar

A pull up bar that attaches to a door frame is one of the best bits of kit a mobile PT can have. It provides a space for pull ups, one of the best exercises for the back and biceps. You can also hang resistance bands off of the pull up bar for accessory movements like the lat pullover, tricep pushdown, and face pulls.

Exercise Mat

An exercise mat provides a comfortable space for bodyweight exercises, stretching/mobility work, and core exercises. In addition to their versatility, they’re easily rollable so they take up little to no space in your vehicle. 

We have a 12mm thick, soft and durable NBR foam mat for £15. It’s 610mm wide, meaning there’s more than enough space for push-ups and other bodyweight exercises.

Skipping Rope

Since you’ll likely be training your clients in a small or public place, the access to cardio equipment will be limited. This is why a skipping rope is a great bit of kit for mobile PTs. It takes up almost zero space so it can be easily shoved into your bag. It gives your clients a way to warm up or can even be incorporated into circuit training. You could also use a skipping rope for HIIT or general cardio. 

Stationary PT Equipment

If you’re training your clients from the comfort of your own home, you’re going to want some seriously sturdy equipment that can take a beating and still last a long time.

Flat Bench

Despite not being foldable, a flat bench is sturdier than an adjustable bench for exercises like the bench press. It’s a solid addition to any durable home PT setup.

Here’s our own flat bench. Rated to 190kg combined weight, and available for just £50.

Adjustable Dumbbell Bench

You’ll also need an adjustable bench for exercises like shoulder press, incline bench press, and preacher curls.

Power Rack, Barbell, and Plates

A power rack will enable your clients to do barbell exercises like the bench press, squat, and overhead press. These compound movements are scientifically proven to be the most effective at building muscle and strength. If you want the best for your clients, get a power rack. 

At MuscleSquad, we have a line of power racks to suit your every need. Some fold flat when not in use to save space, and some even come with cable pulleys and other accessories.

You’ll also need a barbell and weight plates to use with your rack.

If you’re thinking about getting a power rack for your home gym, check out this guide called Do I Need a Power Rack? to help you decide.


As well as your power rack set up, you’ll want some dumbbells for accessory movements like lateral raises, curls, and presses. Adjustable dumbbells are a good option again, due to their compactness and versatility, but if you have the space why not get a nice set of dumbbells in.

MuscleSquad specialises in dumbbells. We have a huge assortment of different dumbbells to suit your every need. We can also ship you over an entire set of dumbbells if you need a lot. As well as this, we also have dumbbell racks so you can store and display your dumbbells with pride.

Exercise Mat

No matter where you’re training your clients, you’ll always have a use for an exercise mat.


A treadmill is the most versatile piece of cardio equipment available. Having a treadmill in your setup means your clients can do HIIT, LISS, interval training, long runs, incline walks, warmups, and more. The possibilities are absolutely endless and it would be silly to not include something so beneficial for your clients in your home gym.

Our new range of treadmills is due to drop any day now. Check them out here and sign up for stock notifications if you’re interested. 

If you’re thinking about getting a different type of cardio machine for your home gym, check out this guide titled, What is the Most Effective Cardio Machine in the Gym?

Where to Buy Gym Equipment

At MuscleSquad, we’ve always been focused on providing high quality gym equipment at low prices. If you’re a PT, our equipment is durable and affordable, everything you could want to start your business with. As well as this, we aim to dispatch orders on the same day if they’re done by 12pm. We can guarantee your equipment will be with you in a flash. 

Jamie Grover, Fitness Journalist from Bristol.

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