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Career Opportunites

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The personal training position is the heart and soul of Live Oak Strength, and your employer will hold you to the highest standard in all aspects of your career with us. We believe that expert personal trainers who follow an evidence-based approach to exercise are just as impactful as any other health professional. We have designed a work environment and a growth plan to enable you to thrive in a rapidly expanding business, and to be paid well for your dedication. Our commitment to mastering the art and science of personal training has led Live Oak Strength being recognized as not only the best gym, but having the best personal trainers in the East Bay from both Oakland Magazine and East Bay Express. We look forward to sharing this amazing opportunity with you.

Here’s the Process for Joining our Team:


  1. Follow the application instructions at the end of this page.

  2. Complete our interview process.

  3. Get paid to complete our 12 week in house certification program and apprenticeship at no charge (valued at $2000), where you will learn how to bridge the gap between exercise science and how to deliver world class individualized personal training.

  4. Give yourself a raise as you master your craft and climb through our Core Growth Plan.

How much do personal trainers make at Live Oak Strength?

  1. We provide you with a financially rewarding career experience, healthy well-balanced 40 hour work week, and the opportunity to focus on mastering your craft and becoming the best personal trainer you can be. Your compensation will be competitive. You are paid a percentage of your client training sessions, which grows as you progress through the 4 levels of our Core Growth Plan. New trainers typically earn between $32-$39/hour, tier 2 trainers can earn $43-$50, tier 3 $53-$60 and tier 4 $64-$71/hour.

  2. Your base pay will be $20/hour for your time in the facility, so even if you don't have a full schedule, you will still be compensated for your time (this is highly unlikely as we are in high demand). In additional to training clients, you will be expected to complete certain administrative tasks, keep your charts up to date, attend team meetings and trainings, and help keep the facility clean. Dedicated trainers who grow with us, commit, and earn the trust of our clients have made over $100,000/year working at Live Oak Strength.

  3. Other income opportunities will become available for the right candidates (admin, marketing, management, sales etc).

What are the hours?

You will be expected to work a combination of two different shifts:

6am to 2pm and 12pm to 7pm.

You must work at least 4 days per week.

New trainers must be available on most Saturdays.

You will always have two days off per week.

Because all clients train with all trainers, you can pick up extra hours

to earn more, and also get coverage easily if you are sick or going on

vacation. This is a win-win situation for you and our clients.



Will I sell and acquire new clients?

No. As a Personal Trainer at Live Oak Strength, you will be completely focused on training and coaching existing and incoming clients. All clients train with all trainers, although due to recurring shifts/schedules, you will most likely train the same clients week after week. If you show an interest and aptitude for sales/marketing, there may be the opportunity to join the sales team, which will increase your compensation and the scope of your role.

What qualifications are required?

One year of one-on-one personal training and Current CPR/First Aid


Plus, one or more of the following:

  1. A 4-year degree related to exercise

  2. 2-year physical therapy assistant degree

  3. ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist

  4. HITUNI Master Trainer Certification

Must have/be:

  1. Passionate about strength training, science, building relationships and being efficient

  2. A growth mindset: be prepared to constantly learn, role play, be challenged, get out of your comfort zone, read/discuss scientific journals and books to hone your craft and become the best you can be.

  3. Passionate about making a meaningful impact: be intrinsically motivated to help radically transform clients’ health.

  4. Good communication and interpersonal skills, strong work ethic and ability to be flexible, positive attitude, professional demeanor, dependable and willing to learn and grow with our team.

  5. Evidence-based: be prepared to follow an evidence-based approach to training, and be prepared to let go of old beliefs around exercise if the preponderance of research shows such beliefs to be false. We don't do fads (i.e. functional training, bosu balls, battle ropes, tire flips etc.)

  6. You must be ambitious, hard working, highly reliable, punctual and organized, humble, open minded, coachable, and possess a high level of situational and self awareness, be a great listener and know how to build authentic, trusting relationships with both team members and clients.

  7. You need to have the physical and emotional capacity to train up to 9 clients back-to-back (30-minute sessions).

  8. The ability to think quickly and administer a wide variety of exercise techniques with the client in front of you.

What type of training does Live Oak Strength do?

We focus on delivering Individualized Personal Strength Training that is evidence-based, slow motion and efficient. Our workout programming and protocols are underpinned by the preponderance of scientific research. We use a safe, high intensity training method on top-notch equipment, to help clients achieve muscular fatigue rapidly to produce excellent results in the most efficient way possible.


How to Apply

Send an email to with subject line "Applying for Personal Trainer Position".


Please attach 3 separate .pdfs: 1.) Resume 2.) References - name, phone, email, working relationship 3.) a cover letter


In your cover letter, please tell us what you love to do and what you are great at and how'd you help Live Oak Strength continue to be a bay area leader in evidence-based personal strength training.


If you connect with people easily, tell us how.

If you are a post rehab specialist, show us.

If you have a burning desire to help people change, let's hear why

If you love customer care and dream about making customers happy at night, tell us about it.

If you have a passion for SuperSlow, HIT, MedX, Arthur Jones, resistance exercise research, tell us why.

If you have a passion and aptitude for anatomy and physiology, demonstrate it.

If you are an exceptional people person, prove it.

Thank you for your interest in joining our team. We look forward to hearing from you.

We have a weekly job overview presentation every Wednesday at 12pm PST via Zoom. Serious applicants are encouraged to attend as soon as possible to learn more about the job and ask questions. Please email to let us know if you plan on attending. 

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