How do you become a Personal Trainer?
If you’re a fitness enthusiast who wants to share your passion for health, love of fitness and help others in their quest for the body beautiful… a career as a Personal Trainer may just be for you!
As with any career change, it’s important to consider what lies ahead before taking the plunge! So we’ve put together a few pointers to think about, on how to get started…
Decide If You Have What It Takes
Personal trainers require a multitude of skills! Sure, you’ll have a passion for fitness and an understanding of what the role of a personal trainer involves. But to cut it, you’ll also need to be analytical, patient, persistent, organised, a strong motivator and, most importantly, a good listener. You don’t have to look like a body builder to become a personal trainer, but you should definitely lead a healthy lifestyle to be a good role model for your clients.
Choose a Certification
There are a variety of certifying organisations, each offering different classes, workshops and exams for getting certified. You’ll want to choose an organisation that is nationally recognised and accredited, like Focus Training. Take some time to research reputable organisations to find out: How much the certification costs, what the pre-requisites are, and what the coursework involves.
Find Your Niche
Not compulsory, but in this competitive market, many personal trainers are boosting their CV’s by getting speciality certifications. Getting a specialist certification means you have more to offer and, even better, you can usually charge a little more for your services. For example, the Ante and Postnatal Fitness Instructor certification, or the Referral Specialist course which takes you beyond basic personal training, allows you to work in niche areas such as with pregnant women or those with low-risk medical conditions.
Know Your Goal
If your ideal career is within a gym chain or health club, it’s a good idea to find out what opportunities lie ahead for once you’re qualified. Get in touch with clubs in your area and enquire about opportunities. Keep an eye out for vacancies via the main online job boards, and specialist platforms focused on jobs in the health and fitness sector.
If your dream is to set up your own Personal Training business, this requires careful planning and thought. You’ll need to consider choosing a business entity (i.e., sole proprietorship, partnership, etc.), a business name, registering your company, liability insurance, setting up your gym (if you’re training from your own home), targeting potential clients, and marketing yourself.
Be Prepared To Evolve With The Industry
Working as a personal trainer means keeping ahead of the game in what is one of the most competitive industries in the world. You’ll need the motivation and commitment to continue to develop your own skills and education. It’s a dirty job, but if you want to keep your certification and be great fitness trainer, you’ll need to move with the times!
Be Prepared To Commit!
Being successful as a Personal Trainer takes work, talent, skill and experience. Getting a certification is no guarantee that you’ll either get clients or, more importantly, be able to keep those clients. Do your homework and be sure that you know what it takes to be successful in the industry. And make sure you’re capable of doing it!
And don’t part with your hard earned cash before you’re fully ready to embark on your new career path! Just as you wouldn’t get a refund on a car you decide you don’t want, changing your mind once you’ve enrolled on a fitness course means losing your cash! When you’re paying for high quality education, that can be an expensive impulse buy to make!
If you’re ready to ditch the nine to five in favour of a fitness career, speak to the Focus Training team about our range of personal training courses!