As the fitness industry continues to expand, the role of a Personal Trainer has certainly followed suit. Far from solely providing nutritional and exercise advice, 21st Century Personal Trainers are slicker than ever, and widening their skill-sets to offer a variety of specialist services to cater for the ever-demanding client.
These days, clients don’t just want Personal Training sessions. They want variety, specialist services, and to have a go at whatever training regime the A-List are currently undergoing for the body beautiful. It’s this surge in expanding services that has seen those fitness professional that specialise in a niche area, often find it easier to generate new clients, and on average have a higher earning potential.
For those serious about making a successful business as a fitness professional, having just a basic qualification in the industry sadly isn’t enough to cut the (low-fat) mustard.
Many athletes wouldn’t be in fighting fit form without their professional fitness trainers. And we’re not talking simply nutritional plans and training strategy. These fitness professionals offer extensive knowledge of a range of services in order to keep the leaders of the fitness world ahead of their game. Sports massage being a strong string to their well-toned bow.
Many Personal Trainers may not have considered sports massage or soft tissue therapy as an option when building the crucial knowledge and experience required to stay ahead in the competitive fitness market. But it’s clear to see how it goes, literally, hand in hand with overall professional training programmes and can offer that expert edge to what’s on offer when building a personal training business.
A Level 3 Sports Massage Course (Soft Tissue Therapy) equips fitness leaders with the knowledge and skills required to provide sports massage to a range of clients, who may otherwise part with their hard earned cash and loyalty elsewhere!
On completion of the qualification, professionals can apply for full membership of the Sports Therapy Organisation (STO) where credibility can instantly be boosted with the consent to use the title ‘Registered Sports Massage Practitioner.’
The course covers:
- Anatomy and physiology for exercise and sports massage
- Principles of exercise and fitness
- Sports massage techniques
- Assessing clients and treatment planning
- Assisting tissue repair
- Providing professional practice
- Providing post-treatment care
…completed through a 4-6 week home study followed by 6 weekends of attendance.
For those with the drive to further put themselves on top of the professional fit-list, many qualified Sports Massage Therapists may also go on to complete a Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training, Level 4 Sports Massage or Level 4 Practitioner.
What do you think of Sports Massage Therapy? If you’re interested in boosting your credentials, speak to the team about getting ‘hands on’ with your career!